The Bowery Ballroom
John Forte

John Forte

Sun, April 22, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Bowery Ballroom

New York, NY

$18 advance / $20 day of show

This event is 18 and over

John Forte
John Forte
Few people understand second chances better than Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter-producer John Forté. Recognized for his work with the multi-platinum group “The Fugees,” today, Forté is a recording artist and the Chief Executive Officer of Le Castle, a company he co-founded in 2011 as a production company for various projects in music, film and other creative fields (www.lecastle.com).

Forté, a classically trained violinist, grew up in one of Brooklyn's most dangerous neighborhoods. A brilliant young prodigy and dedicated student, Forté was awarded a full scholarship to the prestigious Phillips Exeter Academy and attended New York University. He first achieved acclaim in the music industry while writing, producing and performing with the celebrated hip hop group The Fugees during the 1990s. Forté collaborated on The Fugees’ multi-platinum award-winning album The Score, for which he received a Grammy nomination. To date, Forté has also released four solo albums.

Forté was arrested on drug charges in 2000 and received a mandatory minimum 14-year sentence. On November 24, 2008, Forté’s was one of only eleven commutations granted by President George W. Bush during his eight years in office – a testament to the dedication of those who tirelessly campaigned on his behalf, including singer Carly Simon. Simon led a campaign to fight for the appeal of mandatory minimum drug laws that remove a judge’s discretion in a case.

Following his release, Forté embarked on a journey of personal redemption through honesty and hard work in music and other creative projects with the goal of building bridges that transcend cultural divides. Teaching himself guitar in prison, Forté resumed his music career and returned to the recording studio to release StyleFREE, his first EP in eight years.

In a series of new and upcoming projects produced by Le Castle, Forté attempts to go beyond solely playing music for a crowd in favor of more collaborative efforts with a farther-reaching vision, including speaking engagements, film projects, and producing other artists. “Every day I strive to make something beautiful, bringing the best out of an artist that I can,” explains Forté of his work with Le Castle.

In 2011, Forté served as the subject of a feature-length documentary about his life, entitled “The Russian Winter,” which is set to premiere at The Tribeca Film Festival on April 20, 2012. The documentary chronicles a nine-week tour, which brought Forté and his band from Moscow to St. Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Kazan, and other stops along the Trans-Siberian Railway.
Venue Information:
The Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancey St
New York, NY, 10002
http://www.boweryballroom.com/