Songwriters Showcase

Songwriters Showcase

Grassroots Christian songwriters

Dave Foster


Singer/songwriter Dave Foster is a fixture in the San Francisco Bay Area worship music community. His song catalog spans several decades and continues to be a current expression of God’s people.

Foster was born in Spokane, Washington, spent his early childhood moving with his family all around Washington and Southern California before settling in his longtime home in the Bay Area. At the age of 14, his parents sent him to a guitar teacher for lessons. They thought it might be a good idea if he could learn to play an instrument. Dave took to the guitar immediately and is forever thankful to his dad advising the left-handed teen to play right handed. “It is a whole lot easier to find right-handed guitars than left-handed ones.” Dad wisely counseled.

Dave began writing songs as soon as he could put 3 chords together. He really liked the idea of being a folksinger like his heroes Bob Dylan and Gordon Lightfoot. So when a girl at school asked him to come out to the high school Young Life club and help lead songs, he jumped at the chance. “Surprisingly, I was not nervous at all”, says Foster. “I was a kind of a shy kid, but when I sang and played guitar, it was so much fun I just got over myself and enjoyed it.” Young Life proved to be great for Dave. He came to love Jesus and met and fell in love with his future wife Linda.

Foster eventually became worship leader at Hills Vineyard-Concord, and continues there while writing songs and recording. He is involved with “Church Without Shoes,” a cross-denominational group of leaders from 30+ churches in the Diablo Valley.

His first CD, Song for the Watchmen was released in 1995. Justin McRoberts covered I Will Come on his EP Untitled in 2001.

Daves 2009 release Iron is a collection of songs of worship that reflect adoration, joy and social justice concerns. It was recorded and mastered at Masaki Lius One Way Studio and contains the talents of several of Daves musician friends in the area, including Justin McRoberts, Tom Patitucci, Jason Bendickson, Art Heckman and Keenan Boswell, among others

Featured Songs

Fix my eyes on You mp3 (8.58mb)
Iron mp3 (5.38mb)
Iron was written on 8 September. The reason I remember this is because I was reading “Streams in the Desert,” a daily devotional book. The entry for 8 September talks about Joseph and how iron entered his soul when he was in prison. Joseph had known success, and had known gold in his soul, but now he was getting iron. Psalm 119 talks about iron. Psalm 119:169-176 (The Message) Let my cry come right into your presence, God; provide me with the insight that comes only from your Word. Give my request your personal attention, rescue me on the terms of your promise. Let praise cascade off my lips; after all, you have taught me the truth about life! And let your promises ring from my tongue; every order you have given is right. Put your hand out and steady me since I have chosen to live by your counsel. I am homesick, God, for your salvation; I love it when you show yourself! Invigorate my soul so I can praise you well, use your decrees to put iron in my soul. And should I wander off like a lost sheep—seek me! I will recognize the sound of your voice. The song came together very quickly. Music and lyrics were done in a few hours. Something just clicked and iron was all that I could think about for that entire afternoon. On second thought, I was really praying more than thinking. The song is really a prayer that lays out what I hope for in myself as my relationship with God matures. “Give me iron in my soul, to walk your way when doubts arise”. I do not know about you, but sometimes my faith wavers. There are times when I do not know if I am actually living my life the best way possible, and sometimes I feel it in the pit of my stomach. Situations and circumstances can alter how I live out what I believe. I take issues in my life out of Gods hands and try to handle them on my own. I like the imagery of iron being in my soul, because it is tangible, heavy and magnetic. It adds weight and substance- and I like to think of God holding the magnet. I do not picture it as some gigantic electromagnet, but one that points the compass in our soul toward Him, allowing us to walk directly in the path that leads to Him. As Iron has circulated around some churches in the local area, the feedback I have gotten is that men really relate to this song. They sing the chorus loud and strong. As a worship leader, it is hard for me to think of a greater thing that has ever been said about one of my songs. God is speaking to what is in many of our hearts. I am honored He let me write down the song.
Make it so mp3 (5.6mb)
To Him Who Is Able mp3 (8.63mb) Lyrics