Pop songwriter and producer David Foster can claim plenty of credit for some of the biggest hit singles and albums by the likes of Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban and Andrea Bocelli. But can he work that same magic on Malaysia’s one-time indie singer-songwriter Yuna?
“She’s one of Asia’s brightest,young stars,” says Foster, who signed the now-28-year-old artist to his Verve Records label in 2013.
Foster, who’s received 47 Grammy nominations in his career (with 16 wins), says he first noticed Yuna when she worked with that other hitmaker Pharrell Williams on her US debut album, Live Your Life.
“She has a lot more to give,” says the Verve chairman. “She hasn’t quite cracked the code to be an international star, but she absolutely has the talent to be one. She’s unique, she’s beautiful inside and out, she’s a great musician and a great songwriter. When we crack the code, she will not just make Malaysia but all of Asia very proud.”
That could happen sooner than anyone thinks: Yuna’s third US album is set for release in September, and she tells Star2 it’s “going to be completely different”. Read the full interview coming out tomorrow (Thursday May 21) in The Star newspaper and on Star2.com.
Foster, 65, who was Kuala Lumpur recently to promote his upcoming concert at Resorts World Genting.