John Forbes • Composer

Carmen McRae – Reimagined

In the past few years I've had the opportunity to reproduce some significant historical jazz artists from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Starting with Doris Day "With Love" I have produced a total of six of these albums including the latest, Carmen McRae, "Let There Be Love."...

John Forbes – “Spirit of Dogie Long”

In 2015, I had the opportunity to meet a film industry professional that has become a creative and business partner. Rick Padilla is afilm director that worked with the legendary Hal Ashby as hiscreative associate. Hal was considered one of the greatestdirectors to...

John Forbes Featuring Quan Howell “Go To Sleep”

"Go To Sleep" is a song written and produced by John Forbes for his daughter Catriona. With Grammy winning singer, Quan Howell, this is a beautiful symphonic lullaby.  Shortly after the birth of my daughter in 2011, I found myself rocking her to sleep every night...

John Forbes Featuring Courtney David “Stay High”

New Collaboration Between John Forbes and Courtney David Titled "Stay High." In 2019 I received a phone call from a label in regards to a newly released, Kanye West, Gospel Album. The label was aware of my history in Gospel music and asked if I would consider...

John Forbes

With over 30 years in the entertainment industry, John Forbes has made music for some of the most successful companies in the world. With a wealth of knowledge that comes from hundreds of productions, adding value has become more than a cliche, it’s a mantra. From scoring music for film and television, to radio and the web, John Forbes has a track record of success and the respect of his peers. 


BUILDING THE BAND

John Forbes was featured in Sound On Sound Magazine – The article was written by British author David Greeves and covers the production work done for the 2011 Mr. Smith World Tour for Ne-Yo.  The article was researched before during and after the production of the tour. John discusses, software and hardware selection along with arranging and orchestration techniques used for this project. The use of cutting edge technology in the production of the music, enhanced the audio-visual experience of the entire show.

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Recent Projects

Love Jones The Musical 2016

In September 2015 I was contacted by Executive Producer, Melvin Childs, about producing the music for a stage play based on the 1997 Warner Brothers film, Love Jones. I have known Melvin since he discovered Tyler Perry in 1998-1999 and I put the first band together for them. Melvin said that there would be a large number of artists/ actors singing there own songs and that there would be times that guest celebrities would be included in certain markets.    

My Drink With Peter Fonda

I had just finished working on the Rick James album "Urban Rhapsody" while living in Hollywood Hills with my girlfriend. My life was moving to a place that I had known too well. A, touring musician living in Southern California, I had played for some of the biggest...

Why Buddy Black Plays Trini Lopez Guitars

Why does Buddy Black prefer Gibson Trini Lopez guitars? According to Buddy Black, we can start with the obvious. The artist models Gibson made in the 50s and 60s were some of the finest instruments ever. Diamond inlays, 6 in a row headstock, bound diamond shaped sound...

Blues Artist Buddy Black

Buddy Black This Man Sings The Blues BUDDY BLACK has traveled the globe as a journey man guitar slinger. Played for and shared stages with some of the best. Ernest Tubb, Johnny Rivers, John Conlee, Johnny Paycheck, Chubby Checker, Percy Sledge, Artimus Pyle, Matt...

George Massenburg Speaks

This is the genius sharing about where we are in recording and how we got here.