David Foster, Katharine McPhee bring concert tour to Birmingham

David Foster and Katharine McPhee have been married since 2019.

Katharine McPhee knew her “American Idol” chances were slim-to-none against Taylor Hicks when the two found themselves in the finale of the talent show’s fifth season and cameras cut to a Riverchase Galleria filled with Taylor Hicks fans.

“No one was a bigger fan of Taylor Hicks than me, and I knew he was going to win,” she says. “When I saw that mall, that giant mall with thousands of people, I thought, ‘I don’t think I’m going to get that in Los Angeles.’”

Hicks did, indeed, win “American Idol” that year, but though it would be years before romance would blossom, that’s where McPhee met the man who would become her husband, multi-Grammy-winning producer, songwriter and performer David Foster.

The two will be in concert in Birmingham on Saturday as the Alys Stephens Center presents “An Intimate Evening with David Foster & Katharine McPhee.”

Married since 2019, and parents of 3-year-old Rennie, the two met when Foster was a mentor on “American Idol,” and he produced McPhee’s first single, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” soon after her “Idol” run in 2006.

Both remember it well.

“I just thought he had this beautiful, great studio in Malibu, and I was born and raised in Los Angeles, so for a Valley Girl to get in her own car, drive to Malibu and go to this beautiful studio was such a day that you just don’t forget,” she says. “And the way he made you feel in the studio, I just remember being very, very charmed by him.”

Foster says “the song came out great.”

“That’s sort of a career song for Kat, and it has followed her around, so I’m obviously thrilled that I was a part of that,” he says.

Chances are good that song will pop up on Saturday, along with an array of songs McPhee has recorded and any number of songs Foster has written or produced for the likes of Whitney Houston, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion, Mary J. Blige and Bryan Adams.

“The patter changes here and there, but we have a sort of roadmap that we have set out in a very loose kind of way,” says McPhee.

Both have a lot of irons in entertainment fires. In addition to her recording career, McPhee is known for her acting roles in “Waitress” on Broadway and in TV series such as “Scorpion” and “Smash.” He continues to garner acclaim mixing it up as a producer, songwriter and performer.

“My career has been led by one simple phrase, which I’ve really kind of stuck to, and that it’s. much more important what you say no to than what you say yes to,” Foster says. “For the most part, I’ve said no to the right things, and that’s guided me into having a lot of good things happening.”

One of those things is the Broadway-bound “Boop!,” based on the animated character Betty Boop, for which Foster wrote the music.

“We actually had a Skype about it yesterday,” Foster says of the musical that had a successful run in Chicago at the end of last year. “I have two new songs to write and get prepared for, hopefully, a 2025 Broadway run.”

“An Intimate Evening with David Foster & Katharine McPhee,” March 2 at 8 p.m. in the Alys Stephens Center’s Jemison Concert Hall. Tickets start at $65.

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