“I was renting this dimly lit room in a flat on third avenue in the almost always foggy Richmond District in San Francisco. That’s where I recorded my first album “Not Afraid “ in my bedroom that was also my music studio and my art studio. I had only one window and it opened on to a wind tunnel and gray wall of the house next door. I painted a sun on a big piece of white card stock and nailed it to the neighbors wall so I would see the sun when I looked out my window. And that’s how Painted Sun Records got it’s name.” - Forest Sun

Stubborn Breathing Heart (pre-order)

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Brighter Day

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Just Begun

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Walk Through Walls

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"... a toe tapping adventure" Matt Kramer (pacific-sun)

"We ask a lot from today’s songwriting minstrels – a catchy melody, a rhythm section which creates energy, but doesn’t overshadow the singer, and words that provoke and inspire. Forest Sun delivers in all these areas and his songs fit right into our mix, both in sound and message.

I can’t imagine how I overlooked him until now.

"The folksy, soulful approach of this Northern California singer-songwriter has drawn comparisons to the early work of Van Morrison. This Sun seems likely to shine on a path of his own." Jim Blum - NPR / Folk Alley credits released November 10, 2016

Forest Sun -Vocals, Acoustic Guitar Michael Messer - Drums Steve Adams- Upright Bass David Phillips- Dobro Erik Yates- Banjo, Accordion Alisa Rose- Violin Adam Roszkiewicz- Mandolin Beth Waters and Larkin Gayl - Harmony Vocals Produced by Forest Sun and Michael Winger Photography by Forest Sun Engineered by Michael Winger Mixed by Michael Winger and Boone Spooner Mastered by Eliot Bates at Radical House All Songs Copyright 2005 forestsunmusic, BMI www.forestsun.com

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Harlequin Goodnight

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"'Harlequin Goodnight' is altogether a quiet joy in a raucous world." John Davy - No Depression

"Coming from San Francisco's Bay Area, it seems only right and fitting that Forest Sun's music should be of a relaxed and sunny disposition. He generally plays gigs with just himself, his acoustic guitar and his sidekick Ingrid Serban to provide the sweetest backing vocals. For this recording there's not a whole lot added to the sound, really, or perhaps I should say that for the most part the addition of drums, keyboards and bass manage to enhance his sound without fundamentally changing it.`

Occasionally a cello comes in strongly to give some sombre depth to the music but mostly it's Forest Sun's own fine style on the acoustic guitar that defines things. He plays like a real folkie, able to pick notes, strum chords and slap the strings or the box (sometimes, it seems, all simultaneously) - ever conscious of the thread of music in his head but always, somehow, at ease and relaxed.

Forest seems to be one of those fortunate people (and I reckon they generally live in benign climates) who carries an air of unworried, unflustered ease with him and this is carried into his music. His songs flow easily and beautifully even when dealing with... more credits released November 10, 2016

Steve Adams - upright and acoustic bass Michael Messer - drums Forest Sun - vocals, guitar, Wurlitzer (1), piano, drums (10) Jonathan Sundeen-electric bass (10) Matt Henry Cunitz- hammond organ (6) Trevor Wheetman - hammond organ (10) David Phillips- dobro (7) Michael Kott-cello (4) Sean Hayes-vocals (2) Larkin Gayl-vocals (1,6) Joy Voeth-vocals (5) Zach Blizzard-vocals (3) Michael Winger- wurlitzer (5), e-bowed acoustic guitar (2)

Copyright 2007 forestsunmusic BMI

Produced by Michael Winger and Forest Sun Engineered and Mixed by Michael Winger Mastered by Mike Wells Recorded at Flying Kitchen Studios, San Francisco, CA Except track (10) recorded at Sage Art Studios Arlington, WA engineered by Mathew Gephardt Cello on track (4) recorded at 4th world studios in Santa Fe, NM engineered by Bill Boaz, license all rights reserved

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So Nice

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"Forest Sun is now my favorite new singer-songwriter. I had never heard of him, even though he has seven solo albums out on his own Painted Sun Records. How did this talented guy fall though the cracks? I'm not even sure how to describe his music because it incorporates elements of folk, pop, rock, Caribbean music, Cajun, jazz, country and blues. Did I leave anything out? Artists that he recalls include Ryan Adams, Jack Johnson, John Gorka, Todd Snider, even Van Morrison and Lyle Lovett. But I think it's more of an attitude; his songs are jaunty, timeless and spirit raising, even life-affirming. And he even has a children's album 'Just for Fun' - 'a children's album that the parents will love.' And it's true. Try to get the song "Trampoline" out of your head after just one listen. Can't do it."

Mac McDonald - Monterey Herald credits released November 8, 2016

Steve Adams -electric, upright and acoustic bass Michael Messer- drums Forest Sun -vocals, acoustic guitar, Rhodes, whistling Darren Johnston-trumpet Matt Henry Cunitz-hammond organ Joy Voeth- vocals Larkin Gayl- vocals David Phillips- Weisenborn Michael Winger- acoustic guitar Susie Davis - accordion James Riddle - accordion, Wurlitzer ALO-animal liberation orchestra –Zach Gil-piano & vocals, Dan Lebowitz-guitar & vocals, Steve Adams-bass & vocals, and Dave Brogan-drums & vocals

Copyright 2007 forestsunmusic BMI license all rights reserved

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Plenty

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"Sometimes a nondescript CD from an unfamiliar artist shows up in the WW offices in a plain plastic clamshell case, devoid of any packaging or promotional material.

What's much more rare is when the sounds that rise out of said disc emerge with a fully formed musical vision and immediately resonate soulful authenticity and an effortless cool.

Believe me, I don't lightly invoke Van Morrison's name, but that's whose early work came to mind when I first heard Forest Sun, along with more recent reverences like Chris Whitely and Shawn Mullins.

It's not every winter's day that a Sun comes up to Portland from down California way/ I, for one, welcome the opportunity to bask in this one's warm glow." - J.R., Willamette Week, Portland OR credits released November 10, 2016

Forest Sun- Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, Mandolin,Harmonica, Rhodes, Piano, Congas, Bongos, Kazoo

Dan Foltz-Drums Daniel Schacht-Bass Matt Henry Cunitz - Hammond Organ, Pump Organ Alex Budman- Saxophone, Clarinet, Aushim Chauduri- Tabla Kenny Annis-Sarod Larkin Gayl, Jeremy Lindsay and Michelle McGrath -harmony vocals Alisa Rose- Fiddle

All words and music by Forest Sun Copyright 2001 Forest Sun Music BMI All Rights Reserved

Produced by Forest Sun Recorded at Painted Sun Studios (my shack in the woods), Schacht Studios and radical House(Track 9) Track 5 contains the melody to Amazing Grace public domain) Mastered by Ron K at Radical House, San Francisco Mixed and Engineered by Daniel Schacht Vocal Production - Raz Kennedy Cover painting -Forest Sun Layout and Design- Emil Friedlander license all rights reserved

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For The Story

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"Instantly accessible ... easily one of my favorite releases of the year." Rosalie Howarth - KFOG's Acoustic Sunrise

Forest Sun once again proves he is not only capable of writing fine new tunes but that he is a man who knows where he's coming from. He seems to have one foot in the future and the other firmly planted in his roots. His voice carries a quiet intensity and a warmth that disarms the listener, while the songs seem fresh and familiar all at the same time. Music played on real instruments by real people ... refreshing to say the least ... f^%ing great record ... and you can quote me." - Dan Wheetman of Marley's Ghost

"There's a powerful intersect between our own blessed American musical roots and a new spirit-path a-borning all about us. Forest Sun's music is right there on the overlap, getting it just about perfectly. He knows it's not enough for music to just lift spirits, you've got to point in the right direction too. This is music you always wanted someone to make--down-home and Out There & maybe get up and dance around a little too!" - Michael Green, creator of the Illuminated Rumi and The Illuminated Prayer credits released November 9, 2016

Forest Sun -Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Piano, Percussion Daniel Schacht- Electric and Upright Bass Thomas Greene-Drums Matt Henry Cunitz-Hammond organ, pump organ, Rhodes, Piano Alisa Rose-Violin Erik Yates-Flute, Accordion Larkyn Gayl -Harmony Vocals Michele MgGrath-Harmony Vocals Jolie Holland -Vocals, whistling (track 6) Wade Peterson - Percussion Alex Budman - Saxaphone

Hot Buttered Rum (track 7) Nat Keefe -Acoustic Guitar Erik Yates - Banjo Bryan Horne -upright Bass Zac Mathews- Mandolin Aaron Redner -fiddle

Choir on Track 11-Jesse DeNatale, Josh Fix, Larkyn Gayl, Jethro Jeremiah, Lisa Redfern

additional string arrangements (track 1 and 2) Daniel Schacht, (Track 10) Matt Henry Cunitz

Produced by Forest Sun Engineered and Mixed by Daniel Schacht at Schacht Studios Mastered by Ron K and Eliot Bates at Radical House, San Francisco Vocal Production Raz Kennedy Cover Photo -Victoria Smith

All songs copyright 2003 Forest Sun Music BMI license all rights reserved

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Just For Fun

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"Fortunately, Forest Sun put out an album entitled Just For Fun, Songs for Little Ones that is enjoyable for parents as well as kids. My favorite track is the catchy Trampoline." - Low Tech Times

"Forest Sun brings new life to tried and true classics, like the Jerry Lee Lewis –style piano based “Polly Wally Doodle”, and an island “Hush Little Baby” that would make a Jimmy Buffet fan proud!" - Kids Music Award

"In nine songs Forest Sun offers a crash sourse in roots music on his seventh cd, especially aimed at children: his own Trampoline merges seamlessly with the eight classic children’s songs that he changes into reggae, funk, calypso, country and folk. Because they are practically unknown in Europe, it doesn’t strike you when listening that this cd was made for a youthful target group. Furthermore Sun and occasional friends don’t make any stylistic concessions, this CD is a exemplary sample card of roots styles." - Ruud Heijier, Kippenvel credits released November 10, 2016

Recorded at Sage Arts in June 2009 Produced by Forest Sun and Matthew Gephart Recorded and Mixed by Matthew Gephart (www.myspace.com/gepaudio) Mastered by

Musicians: Forest Sun - Vocals, Drums, Electric Bass, Acoustic Guitar, High Strung Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, National Steel Guitar, Piano, Hammond B-3 Organ, Congas, Bongos, Tambourine, Egg Shakers Ingrid Serban - Vocals, Accordion Matthew Gephart- Vocals, High Strung Guitar, Snaps Dan Wheetman – Vocals, Four String Banjo Trevor Wheetman- Vocals, upright and electric bass, drums, dobro, electric guitar, piano Ed Littlefield Jr.– 10 string lap steel

All songs traditional/public domain arranged by Forest Sun except Trampoline written by Forest Sun copyright forestsunmusic BMI, Winter Squash Soup written by Elam Blackman, and Blue Jay written by David Schumacher. www.forestsun.com Painted Sun Records www.paintedsun.com license all rights reserved

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Not Afraid

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"I met Forest during the Tibetan Freedom concert in Amsterdam Holland. I was introduced buy the promoters of the whole show. I was a camera operator who got stuck filming a three-hour outdoor concert without a tripod. Forest helped me wrangle cable for the first few acts then excused him self. To my surprise he appeared on stage to perform a short set. It was fantastic.

As a person, he is humble, and straightforward, his music tells stories that immediately deliver you to a highly reflective state. He is a truly talented and very special musician. Give him a chance, let yourself go, you won't regret it." - Jan Eckhard - Tibetan Freedom Concert in Amsterdam credits released April 2, 1999

Forest Sun - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Slide, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Piano Matt Grippo, Christian Horan, Tim Carter- Drums Charles Block -Electric Bass Seth Ford Young- Upright Bass. Darren Johnston - Trumpet Alex Budman - Tenor Saxophone Jordan Glasgow -Organ Deb Bradway-Viola Alan Lyn- Violin Michael Black - Cello Aharon Wheels Bolsta - Tabla Jacob Aginsky -Piano All words and music copyright 1999 forestsunmusic All Rights Reserved Produced by Forest Sun Recorded at Painted Sun Productions and Wandering Audio Mixed by Wade Peterson Mastered by Ron K at Radical House

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