Music producer David Foster has won 16 Grammys from 47 nominations.
He has worked with real heavyweight singers – the likes of Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Barbara Streisand, Michael Bublé, Andrea Bocelli and many others and they all have many good things to say about him and his work.
One of the most successful records he ever worked on was the soundtrack to The Bodyguard…which featured a 29 yr-old Whitney Houston at her vocal peak.
And the hit song from this soundtrack was I Will Always Love You, which famously opens with Whitney singing acapella.
But around this song, Foster, in his own words, was ‘wrong big’ regarding a couple of key decisions.
Firstly, he had never heard of the Dolly Parton-penned number, and was planning on using What Becomes of The Broken Hearted until producer Kevin Costner persuaded him otherwise.
And while Foster eventually agreed with Costner on this decision, he never did with the second one.
He hated Costner’s suggestion of the acapella opening, and refused to use it until being reluctantly overruled after an ‘obscenity-laden phone call’ by Sony chief Clive Davis.
As Foster says however, being wrong big sometimes means you get to be right big on other occasions.
It means firstly doing the work to build up educated opinions, secondly having the courage to stand up for them, and finally trusting yourself (and the people around you) to make the right decision more often than the wrong one.