John Foreman (musician)
Photographed in January 2012
|Birth name||John Gregory Foreman|
|Born||24 April 1972|
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
|Occupation(s)||Musician, television personality|
John Gregory Foreman OAM (born 24 April 1972) is an Australian musician and television personality. In 1992, he joined the Network Ten team for Good Morning Australia with Bert Newton, serving as Music Director until retiring in 2004. During 2003–2008 he was Musical Director of Australian Idol.
Compositions and albums
He wrote Light The Way for the 2006 Opening Ceremony of the Asian Games in Doha, performed by Jose Carreras and Majida El Roumi, and Melbourne Girl, performed by Vanessa Amorosi at the Closing Ceremony of the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, UK.
In 2013, he produced Anthony Callea's Christmas album This Is Christmas.
Foreman released No Jivin' in 1993 on the BMG label which received an ARIA Award nomination for Best Jazz Album.
Other television work
In December 2005 Foreman began hosting The Big Night In with John Foreman. The premiere episode featured an interview with actor Russell Crowe, as well as interviews with vocalists Deborah Conway and Tina Cousins.
Foreman is the Musical Director for Melbourne's Christmas Eve Carols by Candlelight, at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, since 2003. and is Musical Director for the TV Week Logie Awards. In 2008 he appeared alongside Ian Dickson, Cosima De Vito and Guy Sebastian to pay tribute to Shannon Noll on This Is Your Life.
In February 2012 he joined the reboot of Young Talent Time as the Musical Director.
John was musical director for Oprah Winfrey's telecast from the steps of the Sydney Opera House, which featured Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Olivia Newton-John, Russell Crowe and Keith Urban performing a one-time-only rendition of I Still Call Australia Home with John and his orchestra.
Foreman conducted the Australian Philharmonic Orchestra for their Not New Year's Eve Concert at the Sydney Opera House and their New Year's Eve Concert at Hamer Hall in Melbourne in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Creative director and television producer
Foreman was Creative Director for Australia Day in Sydney 2015, and continues in the role for 2016 and 2017. An evening concert on the steps of the Sydney Opera House on Australia Day 2015 featured Jessica Mauboy, Guy Sebastian, Sheppard, The Veronicas, Russell Morris and James Morrison.
He was Creative Director for the Opening Ceremony of the 2013 Asia Pacific Special Olympics Opening Ceremony in Newcastle, which featured Human Nature, Marcia Hines, Doug Parkinson, The McClymonts and local Newcastle performers.
Together with manager Richard Macionis, Foreman was Executive Producer of the Network Ten special, John Foreman Presents Burt Bacharach in 2007.
- Ambassador, the Australian Institute of Music (AIM).
- Ambassador, Music: Count Us In 
- Ambassador, Special Olympics Australia.
- Board Member, Talent Development Project (TDP).
- Foreman, John (2005). Your Guide to Unlocking the Australian Music Industry : A Definitive Guide to Getting Started and Succeeding in One of Australia's Toughest Industries. South Oakleigh, Vic: Funtastic. ISBN 978-1-74167-016-5.
- "Queens Birthday honours 2015: full list". 8 June 2015.
- ""The Olympic Flame" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 25 February 2010.
- Dennehy, Luke (31 May 2009). "Musical director John Foreman's Idol end". Sunday Herald Sun. News Corp. Retrieved 25 February 2010.
- About John
- "About John". John Foreman Official.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 January 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "TV Themes". John Foreman Official.
- "John Foreman". Beat Magazine.
- "Oprah's Sydney Guests". Daily Telegraph. 13 December 2010.
- Barnett, Lyndon (13 December 2012). "John Foreman talks conducting, Olympics and safaris". Flight Centre.
- "2015 Creative Director". Australia Day In Sydney - Official Website. Archived from the original on 27 June 2015.
- "Opening Ceremony for the Special Olympics". Hunter Headline. 28 November 2013.
- "John Foreman Presents Burt Bacharach". IMDB.
- "AIM Fellowship". AIM.
- "Count Us In". Music Australia.
- "About Us - Patrons". Special Olympics Australia. Archived from the original on 26 March 2015.
- "Graduate Success Stories". Talent Development Project.
- "John Foreman : your guide to unlocking the Australian music industry : a definitive guide to getting started and succeeding in one of Australia's toughest industries / [John Foreman]". catalogue. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 24 February 2010.