For the past several years, one of the biggest highlights of any FOREIGNER concert is when the band invites a local school choir to join them onstage for a performance of their #1 hit, "I Want To Know What Love Is.“ At a recent stop in New York’s Carnegie Hall last year, the band also invited area school choirs to compete for a chance to open for the band on stage at the iconic venue and to win a cash grant from the GRAMMY Foundation for their school’s music program.
Now for the band’s 40th Anniversary Tour, FOREIGNER -- Mick Jones (lead guitar, vocals), Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Tom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, sax, flute, vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards,vocals), Bruce Watson (guitar, vocals) and Chris Frazier (drums)—are continuing their new tradition by holding a contest in San Diego, CA for local high school choirs to have the chance to win their own onstage performance and grant courtesy of the GRAMMY Foundation.
FOREIGNER has partnered with legendary Classic Rock station 101.5 KGB-FM to invite San Diego high school choirs to participate in an online competition. Beginning April 20, 2017 choirs can begin submitting a video of their group performing a classic rock song a cappella at www.101kgb.com. KGB-FM will then post the videos on their website and conduct an online voting competition that starts May 4, 2017.
KGB listeners/website viewers will help determine the top five school choirs based on total votes received. These five finalists will be invited to attend the FOREIGNER 40th Anniversary Tour with Cheap Trick concert at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre on August 29, 2017, where the choirs will perform a three to four minute a cappella song on stage. A panel of judges, to include members of the GRAMMY Foundation, KGB-FM personalities and the band, will select the winning choir and present their music program with a check for $2,500. In addition, each of the four runner-up choirs will receive $500. Financial contributions are being made courtesy of the GRAMMY Foundation.
All this is part of FOREIGNER’s long-standing partnership with the GRAMMY Foundation, by which local school choirs are invited to join the band on stage in almost every market they play. Through this program, the band has raised well into the six figures for music in school programs, and given thousands of students the once-in-a-lifetime experience to rock on stage with one of the most well known bands of all time.
Foreigner will spend 2017 celebrating 40 years as one of rock’s most popular and enduring acts with a new career-spanning compilation titled 40 that features 40 hits from 40 years. The band will also trek across the country with an extensive 40th Anniversary world tour. For more information on the tour, please visit livenation.com.
With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, FOREIGNER is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with a formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales, now exceeding 75 million. Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold as Ice,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Say You Will,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Long, Long Way From Home,” and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” FOREIGNER continues to rock the charts more than thirty years into the game.
Recent albums like Juke Box Heroes, a new compilation of digitally recorded Foreigner hits, and The Best of Foreigner 4 & More, recorded live from The Borgata, Atlantic City , both entered the Billboard Top 200 chart. Foreigner also featured strongly in every category in Billboard's recently released “Greatest of All Time” listing. Catalog sales often eclipse those of Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Def Leppard, Van Halen and most of their Classic Rock peers (Source: Nielsen SoundScan 2/11/16 - 2/3/16).