“The Kiwi Microphone is everything they promised. The recorded vocals have warmth and clarity, without being harsh. The nuances contribute to the album's organic nature. I am impressed.” – John Forté
Home Town: Brooklyn, NY
Current Album: “StyleFREE”
Single: “Play My Cards for Me”
Release Date: 07/28/2009
Produced By: John Forté
Record Label: Theory 7 LLC
John Forté is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and producer from Brooklyn, New York best known for his work with the multi-platinum group, The Fugees. In addition to producing and co-writing tracks for The Fugees' The Score, Forté released two solo albums, PolySci (Columbia; 1998) and I, John (Transparent; 2002), which featured guest appearances by Herbie Hancock, Esthero and Tricky, and included a duet with Carly Simon. Forté is currently working on his new album, Water Light Sound (due out in Spring 2010), getting ready to go on tour with K'naan and Wale, is the subject of a documentary about his extraordinary career and his commutation from former President Bush, as well as scoring, producing, and writing his memoir with Simon & Schuster.
Most recently, Forté's work was featured throughout the Sundance Film Festival where in addition to performing at the ASCAP Music Café, he scored all the opening festival trailers, had the end credit song in the film Night Catches Us (featuring Anthony Mackie, Kerry Washington, and original music by The Roots), and participated in a unique audio and visual collaborative effort with Joe Gordon-Levitt at hitrecord.org. Through song and performance, Forté hopes to shed light on the issues facing at-risk youth and prison reform.