Filipino musicians deserve global spotlight just like South Korean artists, says David Foster

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 4) – Award-winning songwriter David Foster said Filipino singers deserve to shine in the international music scene just like the phenomenal South Korean artists.

"It’s just shocking that it hasn’t happened yet,” Foster told CNN Philippines' Rico Hizon on The Final Word on Thursday night.

“Filipino people love music so much and they have such great training on it," said the 70-year-old Canadian legend, comparing Filipino performes to the South Korean pop stars that are taking the world by storm.

Praising the Filipinos’ huge appreciation for music, Foster recounted that Filipinos usually sing to every lyric of his songs whenever he visits the country for concerts -- a trait that he described as unique among music lovers across the globe.

He also looked back at his collaboration with Filipino singer Charice Pempengco, now known as Jake Zyrus, whom he said should have been included in the Netflix documentary “David Foster: Off the Record.” The upcoming docu chronicled the musician’s career spanning almost five decades.

“She was an amazing talent, but we couldn’t seal the deal (with her),” Foster shared.

Foster was a big influence in Zyrus’ rise to international stardom in 2009 as he produced songs for him and having been part of the songwriter’s David Foster and Friends concert tours within and outside the United States.

Foster hopes he can return to Asia for more concerts once the COVID-19 pandemic is over.