February 2nd, 2011 by omar , No CommentsPrint This Post
I’ve actually meant to post this for some time, so ‘new’ can be taken with a grain of salt. That said, it’s great to see the strides that Mr. Forté has made since his release from prison. Evidence of this grown lies not only in his words, but in his music. Both put forth an air of maturity, and patience.
John sat down with the folks at MSN’s Groove Urban blog to talk freedom, the mystique of prison and new music. Check an excerpt of their conversation below…
…Groove: Is it liberating for you to be able to have those moments free of what the other side of the industry is doing?
John Forte: For me it’s been a question of experience. I’ve had the blessings as well as the curses that come with success at a young age. Ascending to great heights and falling to great depths have given me an amazing sense of perspective. I feel sorry in many cases for some of the newer artists who are beholden to what some of their handlers say or what their record labels think. I don’t have a master and I will not have a master. I’m not interested in signing a record deal, and even if I do I’ll sign it with past knowledge of what that means and what is important and what is not important. It’s not important for me to invest in…you can’t be buried with it, so materialism has its ups but it also has its down. For me personally, the happiness that I’ve earned has been from the one on one exchanges. or really being able to help people to help themselves. Part of the philosophy of the Acumen, the ethos is this is not about charity. Charity is dead. I’m not interested in giving something out or being given something. I want to empower people and I want to be empowered. That’s fair. So yes, it’s liberating to not have the pressures of the industry weighing on my back…
A taste of his new music, including a live performance at NYC’s City Winery, is after the jump…
…via All The Way Live.
Earlier this summer John Forte took the stage at City Winery in NYC and gave an incredible performance. His unique band set up really blends perfectly to his style of music and sounds fantastic. Here’s a bunch of our exclusive recordings from the show, including some special unreleased songs he performed. The highlight of the night for me was when he debuted Sew Eye (So I) for the first time- the live version is incredible (he just released the studio version this week- peep it here if you haven’t heard it yet). And yes, that picture above is from the bottle of wine they made exclusively for him at the show.
Breaking Of A Man
Untitled feat. Valerie June
Play My Cards For Me
Running Up That Hill
Sew Eye (So I)