John Forbes • Composer

Doris Day and the Page Cavanaugh Trio

Almost one hour from the time that Doris Day died on May 13th, 2019, I received a phone call from a record company executive informing me of this event. I was not totally aware of the career of this amazing lady, but have vivid memories of my mother singing some of...

Producing Projects In Nashville

Working in Nashville at Harmonic Labs I've been scoring and producing various projects ranging from hip hop artists to media and television themes. Harmonic Labs located in Brentwood, TN, is owned by Rick Chapman who has been a long time friend of myself and my...

Quarter Key

In the studio to produce a single for Nashville rap artist Quarter Key. Recording at Harmonic Labs in Brentwood, production was done on a large format Audient console using all class A singnal paths. Engineered by studio owner Rick Chapman, Krome Jizzle assisted in...

Skeletons In Your Closet

Skeletons In Your Closet It’s been an amazing season working with Blues Artist, Buddy Black. What began as a mutual appreciation of music and performance, evolved into a close friendship and production of an entirely new collection of music. Buddy has been the...

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. 


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.