Joni Gosney Foraker from Port Vue, Pa rose from a secretary position at DiCesare-Engler Productions to become the manager of Keith Urban, Faith Hill and other stars as VP of Borman Entertainment's Nashville offce.
Her 30-year career began in 1977 as a secretary at DiCesare-Engler Productions. Joni moved up to productions and got the bug for show business. She left Pittsburgh in 1982 to become an assistant agent with the international booking agency ICM. Quickly learning the business she took a position two years later with the Mark Spector Company. Joni worked as the tour manager and promoter of multi-platinum artists 38 Special, Patty Smyth and Joan Baez.
Joni moved to Los Angeles in 1987 after marrying recording engineer/producer Brian Foraker. She continued to manage touring for Mark Spector's clients. Joni joined Borman Entertainment in 1992 as director of tour operations and marketing. She was promoted to VP in 1994 and co-founded the company's Nashville office in 1996. In Nashville Joni directed the careers of Keith Urban, Trace Adkins, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Faith Hill, Lonestar, Keith Urban, Jimmy Wayne and Dwight Yoakam. Joni also organized and promoted many charity events and concerts. She served on the St, Jude Country Cares Advisory Board and arranged artist performances for the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center's Music In The Clinic program. .
Joni died at age 48 on March 9 2007 after along battle with cancer.
Urban won the Video of the Year award in 2005 he dedicated the award to
Joni Foraker on a national CMT broadcast.