Just months after being pardoned by the president and released after serving almost 10 years in prison, John Forte is anxious and ready to get back to making music.
Last Thursday (March 5), he was among several surprise guests to join The Roots onstage during a performance at Highline Ballroom in NYC, and now he’s announcing his very first live performance at this year’s SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas.
The singer/producer will make his first performance in eight years for Talib Kweli’s SXSW Blacksmith Records showcase on Thursday (March 19) at Scoot Inn.
John Forte is best known for producing and co-writing tracks for The Fugees’ multi-platinum album The Score, as well as his two solo albums, I, John and PolySci. Today, as a free man, he’s back in the studio, working on his highly-anticipated new full-length album.
He recently released a new song titled “Life Has Just Begun (Returning Home),” and appeared with Kweli on a remix of Kanye West’s “Homecoming.”
For those interested in hearing about John’s release from prison and subsequent new beginnings in his own words, be sure to check out his bi-weekly column over at The Daily Beast.
In addition to getting back to music, John will be working with In Arms Reach, a program committed to promoting a positive environment for children of incarcerated parents and at-risk youth. Beginning March 31st, John will teach a twelve-week music course to students aged 12-15 years old at The City College of New York.
Designed to use music as a therapeutic means of addressing anger, stress, and pain, John hopes that the catharsis of song composition will help children deal with the stigma of having a family member who is incarcerated and rebuild the spirit of those who have been traumatized or abandoned.