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John Forte

Singer, Songwriter & Producer

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John Forte Biography

Few understand second chances better than John E. Forté. On November 24, 2008, President George W. Bush granted the petition for commutation submitted by 33-year-old Forté, a classically-trained violinist and Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and producer from Brooklyn, New York. Famous for his work with the multi-platinum group “The Fugees,” Forté was the quintessential rising star before landing himself in a federal penitentiary. His was one of only eleven commutations granted by President Bush during his eight years in office – a testament to the dedication of those who tirelessly campaigned on his behalf, including iconic singer Carly Simon and noted conservative Senator Orrin Hatch (R) of Utah.

A brilliant young prodigy and dedicated student, Forté was awarded a full scholarship to the prestigious Phillips Exeter Academy and attended New York University until his career took off in the music industry. While working as an A&R executive for Rawkus Entertainment, Forté met Lauryn Hill and began working closely with “The Fugees.” Forté co-wrote and produced two songs on the multi-platinum, Grammy Award winning album, The Score. He went on to record three solo albums, PolySci (Columbia), I, John (Transparent) which featured industry legends Herbie Hancock, Tricky, Esthero and Carly Simon, and his latest album, StyleFREE the EP.

Forté’s momentous career was uprooted by a crime born out of desperation. He became involved with the wrong crowd – a mistake that resulted in a 14-year mandatory minimum prison sentence for possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Recognizing prison as an opportunity to redeem himself, Forté created a music program, conducted weekly roundtable forums for inmates and began pursuing his degree at the London School of Economics. A prolific writer even in prison, Forté wrote more than four albums worth of new material in addition to his academic work and personal studies.

Released from Fort Dix on December 22, 2008, Forté has resumed his career by starting to record in the studio, writing a book and serving as the subject of a feature-length documentary about his life. Forté is also teaching a music course to students aged 12-15 years old with In Arms Reach, a Harlem-based initiative committed to promoting a positive environment for children of incarcerated parents and at-risk youth. Forté is using music as a therapeutic means of addressing anger, stress and pain, and hopes that the catharsis of song composition will help children deal with the stigma of having a family member who is incarcerated. Forté’s historic commutation has also made him an ardent supporter of prison reform. He argues that a sentence need not be unreasonably long to provide just punishment, deter criminal conduct and protect the public from harm.

At the podium, Forté shares intimate songs while playing acoustic guitar and speaks candidly of the events leading to his imprisonment, his seven years behind bars and his fight against insurmountable odds to seek redemption. His inspirational journey also serves as a cautionary tale for children, and proves that second chances do exist—even in the most unlikely places.

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  • HOW TO BOOK John Forte?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like John Forte for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for John Forte, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for John Forte or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK John Forte?

    Booking fees for John Forte, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire John Forte, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR John Forte?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like John Forte for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book John Forte for your next private or corporate function.
  • WHAT IS A FULL-SERVICE TALENT BOOKING AGENCY?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent John Forte or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for John Forte or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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John Forte Biography

Few understand second chances better than John E. Forté. On November 24, 2008, President George W. Bush granted the petition for commutation submitted by 33-year-old Forté, a classically-trained violinist and Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and producer from Brooklyn, New York. Famous for his work with the multi-platinum group “The Fugees,” Forté was the quintessential rising star before landing himself in a federal penitentiary. His was one of only eleven commutations granted by President Bush during his eight years in office – a testament to the dedication of those who tirelessly campaigned on his behalf, including iconic singer Carly Simon and noted conservative Senator Orrin Hatch (R) of Utah.

A brilliant young prodigy and dedicated student, Forté was awarded a full scholarship to the prestigious Phillips Exeter Academy and attended New York University until his career took off in the music industry. While working as an A&R executive for Rawkus Entertainment, Forté met Lauryn Hill and began working closely with “The Fugees.” Forté co-wrote and produced two songs on the multi-platinum, Grammy Award winning album, The Score. He went on to record three solo albums, PolySci (Columbia), I, John (Transparent) which featured industry legends Herbie Hancock, Tricky, Esthero and Carly Simon, and his latest album, StyleFREE the EP.

Forté’s momentous career was uprooted by a crime born out of desperation. He became involved with the wrong crowd – a mistake that resulted in a 14-year mandatory minimum prison sentence for possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Recognizing prison as an opportunity to redeem himself, Forté created a music program, conducted weekly roundtable forums for inmates and began pursuing his degree at the London School of Economics. A prolific writer even in prison, Forté wrote more than four albums worth of new material in addition to his academic work and personal studies.

Released from Fort Dix on December 22, 2008, Forté has resumed his career by starting to record in the studio, writing a book and serving as the subject of a feature-length documentary about his life. Forté is also teaching a music course to students aged 12-15 years old with In Arms Reach, a Harlem-based initiative committed to promoting a positive environment for children of incarcerated parents and at-risk youth. Forté is using music as a therapeutic means of addressing anger, stress and pain, and hopes that the catharsis of song composition will help children deal with the stigma of having a family member who is incarcerated. Forté’s historic commutation has also made him an ardent supporter of prison reform. He argues that a sentence need not be unreasonably long to provide just punishment, deter criminal conduct and protect the public from harm.

At the podium, Forté shares intimate songs while playing acoustic guitar and speaks candidly of the events leading to his imprisonment, his seven years behind bars and his fight against insurmountable odds to seek redemption. His inspirational journey also serves as a cautionary tale for children, and proves that second chances do exist—even in the most unlikely places.

FAQs on booking John Forte

  • How to book John Forte?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like John Forte for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for John Forte, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for John Forte or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book John Forte?

    Booking fees for John Forte, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire John Forte, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for John Forte?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like John Forte for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book John Forte for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent John Forte or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for John Forte or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

John Forte is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book John Forte for your event is available upon request. John Forte generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Talib Kweli, Wyclef Jean, John Legend, Busta Rhymes and Common. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling John Forte for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent, and wish to request removal from this catalog or report an issue with your profile, please click here.

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