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John Foreman (musician)

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John Foreman (OAM)[1]
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Photographed in January 2012
Background information
Birth name John Gregory Foreman
Born (1972-04-24) 24 April 1972 (age 45)
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation(s) Musician, television personality
Years active 1992–present

John Gregory Foreman OAM[2] (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.[3]

Foreman hails from Newcastle, New South Wales, and studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.[4]

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From unexplained shadow people, to deranged fans. Here are 5 More Very Creepy Photos With Disturbing Back-Stories. Number 1. The figure in the woods. This photo was uploaded to in 2013. The story goes that a group of friends were on a trip to their local mountain in Croatia. They took numerous pictures that day and then uploaded them to facebook. One of their friends after viewing the photos pointed out the figure in the woods standing behind them. The group say they didn't notice anyone else around at the time of the photo, and forensic analysis says no Image Manipulation by Photoshop or any other software has been used. So what is it. Number 2. The Axe man. In 2014 a photo was uploaded to The uploader says he works at sea, and the ship he was on had to be dry docked, which is the equivalent to taking a car to a garage for maintenance. He says next to him there was a military frigate ship that was no longer in use and was being broken down for scrap. Once the ship was emptied, the workers were allowed to go aboard one last time. The dock foreman, John.. went on first and took over 100 photos of the different work areas, and this is one of them. John sent all of the photos to his boss, who later called and asked ''Who is the guy with the axe at the edge of the camera flash.'' John says he has no idea as he didn't see anyone else. He claims the area the photo was taken, deep inside the ship was in total darkness. He says he used a torch for light and once he was about to take a picture, he turned his torch off and got the shot, then moved on. Police were later called and they searched the whole ship but found no one, CCTV footage also showed no one leave the ship after John had taken this photo. The Axe man is still a mystery to this day. Number 3. 'Home' In 1948 at a residence for disturbed children in Poland. A young girl named Teresa, was asked to draw her home on the blackboard. she shocked the psychologists when this is what she drew. Teresa was born and grew up in a concentration camp. you can see in her eyes that she has seen some horrifying things. Number 4. The zombie road kids. Lowler Ford Road, now known as The zombie road, is considered to be one of the most haunted roads in America. located in St. Louis Missouri, The zombie road has many terrifying legends surrounding it. Most people agree that the road has always been a dark and eerie place even in the light of day. This image was captured by Tom Halstead in 2005, He says that no other humans were present when it was taken. the picture shows many shadow figures standing among the trees which look a lot like children. One of the biggest legends and the supposed reason for the roads nickname, is that of a mental patient that escaped the hospital and lived in the woods. His nickname was Zombie and he allegedly murdered teenagers and children, it is believed by many that the shadow people in the woods are the spirits of all his victims. Number 5. John lennons final autograph. John Winston Lennon was a British musician who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the band the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. In 1969, He left The Beatles and started a solo career and later released albums with his wife Yoko Ono. As well as a musician, he was also a political activist and wished everyone could live in peace. This picture was taken on the 8th December 1980. We can see John Lennon signing an autograph for a fan. What he didn't know however, was this was the last autograph he would ever sign. The other man in the picture is Mark Chapman and he would later murder John Lennon outside his apartment complex in New York City.


Compositions and albums

In 2000, Foreman wrote the Olympic Flame song, The Flame, performed by Tina Arena for the 2000 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony.[2]

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. [5]

In 2004 John produced, orchestrated and conducted Anthony Callea's recording of The Prayer, which received an ARIA Award for the highest selling single by an Australia artist.[5]

John has produced albums and/or singles for Marcia Hines, Silvie Paladino, Guy Sebastian, Ricki-Lee Coulter, Carl Riseley and Greta Bradman.

In 2013 he produced Anthony Callea's Christmas album This Is Christmas.[6]

John's own album, No Jivin', released in 1993 on the BMG label, received an ARIA Award nomination for Best Jazz Album.

Foreman wrote the background music for Chris Lilley's television shows, Ja'mie: Private School Girl and Jonah from Tonga. [7]

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.[8] and is Musical Director for the TV Week Logie Awards. [9] In 2008 he appeared alongside Ian Dickson, Cosima De Vito and Guy Sebastian to pay tribute to Shannon Noll on This Is Your Life.[10]

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. [11]

Foreman hosts the annual Schools Spectacular which airs on the Seven Network (previously on Nine).

Live performances

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. [12]

He performed as a jazz artist at the Montréal International Jazz Festival in 1995 and the Santa Barbara International Jazz Festival in 1998 and 1999. [5]

Foreman has been musical director for theatre shows for The Production Company, including The Boy From Oz, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Hello, Dolly! and Anything Goes. [5]

Creative director and television producer

Foreman was Creative Director for Australia Day in Sydney 2015, and continues in the role for 2016 and 2017. [13] 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.[14]

Together with manager Richard Macionis, Foreman was Executive Producer of the Network Ten special, John Foreman Presents Burt Bacharach in 2007.[15]

Other roles


  • 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. [20]


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  3. ^ Dennehy, Luke (31 May 2009). "Musical director John Foreman's Idol end". Sunday Herald Sun. News Corp. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  4. ^ About John
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  7. ^ "TV Themes". John Foreman Official. 
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  12. ^ Barnett, Lyndon (13 December 2012). "John Foreman talks conducting, Olympics and safaris". Flight Centre. 
  13. ^ "2015 Creative Director". Australia Day In Sydney - Official Website. Archived from the original on 27 June 2015. 
  14. ^ "Opening Ceremony for the Special Olympics". Hunter Headline. 28 November 2013. 
  15. ^ "John Foreman Presents Burt Bacharach". IMDB. 
  16. ^ "AIM Fellowship". AIM. 
  17. ^ "Count Us In". Music Australia. 
  18. ^ "About Us - Patrons". Special Olympics Australia. Archived from the original on 26 March 2015. 
  19. ^ "Graduate Success Stories". Talent Development Project. 
  20. ^ "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. 
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