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Writing a father's legacy, country singer making an impact on SA's youngest

Radney Foster teaches music to students at St. Luke's Episcopal School

Welcome to “Songwriting 101” at St. Luke’s Episcopal School.

"A lot of the things you will learn today will help you in any creative writing form," comes a voice from the front of the room.

With pen, paper and a pick, teacher Radney Foster begins the lesson. A lesson he knows well, Foster has written 20 top ten songs, but this day, he's giving students creative control, and penning a little diddy about desert.

"I like cheesecake," he sang. 

"You really if you want to interest a listener, you've only got the first 30 or 40 seconds, that is the first verse," said Foster.

"This is really the first time I've done it for younger kids, so I tried to really think it through and give them enough activities and some things to do, so they’re not just sitting there listening to a lecture," says Foster.

For a small but attentive class, a song about cheesecake was a hit.

This lyric lesson is the latest example of Foster's affection for St. Luke’s. Shortly after his father's death the family started a scholarship program in his father’s name.

"He believed that educating young children was part of our Christian duty," Foster said.

The John R. Foster Scholarship is funded mostly by the benefit concerts that Foster holds in San Antonio. The next one will be held at the Tobin Center, where Foster will perform with Darius Rucker and Kelly Willis,

The concert date on April 13, is near and dear to Foster, it was his father’s birthday.

"There's heart here, there’s a lot of heart here. I've got family that attended this school. This parish is my mother and father’s parish before my father died. My father’s funeral was in this parish, and I hold this place quite dear," said Foster.

For Foster, on stage or singing to students, he feels he is a son insuring a father’s legacy: Giving back, with more than just his guitar.

KSAT 12 is the media sponsor for Radney Foster’s concert with Darius Rucker and Kelly Willis, tickets are going fast, but they are available on the Tobin Center website.


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