YOUR VOICE, YOUR STORY: John Forté

About This Episode


John Forté is an American recording artist, producer, educator, composer, and activist. Entering the world of music as a classical violinist, Forté earned a full scholarship to Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire where he graduated in 1993. After attending NYU and dropping out early, Forté became an active collaborator and producer on The Score, the debut album of celebrated Hip Hop group The Fugees in the 90's. He was nominated for a Grammy for his work on The Fugee's debut and toured with them to support the album. He would later collaborate with members Wyclef Jean and Pras on individual solo efforts.

Sentenced to fourteen years in prison on drug possession charges, his judgement was commuted by President George W. Bush. Upon his release from prison, Forté attended The London School of Economics where he received his degree in politics and international relations. He has released four solo albums over 50 songs, played over 100 shows and collaborates with a wide variety of musicians and philanthropic organizations.

Forté is an active voice in the debate for prison reform as well as guiding urban youth from the path to incarceration. In his most recent philanthropic effort, Forte toured across Russia, performing in various towns along the way. All proceeds were donated to local Russian orphanages and international foundations.

John Forté has written contributions to The Dailybest.com, Okayplayer.com and continues to be an insightful artist within the African American community and beyond. He recently started his own production company Le Castle and is working on a full-length autobiographical documentary entitled, "From Brooklyn to Russia with Love," currently in production.