NASHVILLE, TN (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Borman Entertainment Vice President Joni Foraker, who worked with stars such as Trace Adkins, Faith Hill, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Keith Urban, died last week, after a prolonged illness, at the age of 48.
Foraker co-founded the Nashville office of Borman Entertainment in 1996, after joining the company’s L.A. office four years earlier, according to the Tennessean.
Her 30-year career started at Pittsburgh-based concert promotion and venue operation company DiCesare-Engler Productions, where she served as a production manager. In 1982, she joined ICM’s New York office as an assistant agent.
Two years later, Foraker moved to management firm The Mark Spector Co., where she worked with artists including .38 Special, Patty Smyth and Joan Baez.
She relocated to Los Angeles in 1987, continuing to oversee all touring aspects for Mark Spector’s clients. Foraker then joined Borman Entertainment in 1992 as director of tour operations. She was elevated to the role of Vice President in 1994.
Throughout her career, Joni played a key role in numerous charity events and concerts. She served on the St. Jude Country Cares Advisory Board, was a 1997 alumnus of Leadership Music and was very active in arrange artist performances for the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center’s Music in the Clinic program.
She is survived by her husband Brian and her 9-year-old son, Jackson.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Jackson Foraker Fund (c/o Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy, P.O. Box 331549, Nashville, TN 37203) or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in her name (c/o 1305 16th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37212). –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers