"…a quiet joy in a raucous world."
- No Depression, John Davy
With over 68 million plays on Pandora, troubadour and award-winning songwriter, Forest Sun, enlivens audiences around the globe with his wealth of songs and stories, all sung and told in a laid-back California style.
Sun's soulful music draws on a deep well of Americana and is compared to everyone from Jack Johnson, John Mayer and The Avett Brothers to Van Morrison and Bob Dylan. He’s played festivals from California (Strawberry Music Festival, American River Music Festival) to Europe (Belladrum in Scottland, Fiesta City in Belgium) and opened for such luminaries as Lyle Lovett, Bonnie Rait, Steve Earle, Keb Mo, Brett Dennen and the Beach Boys (Forest met famed Beach Boys producer Van Dyke Parks at festival porch jam and later swapped songs on his piano at his house in LA). He's opened for Bonnie Raitt, The Beach Boys, Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett, Jackson Browne, Keb Mo and Brett Dennen, Mason Jennings and Chris Smither among others. Musical collaborations on his records include Jolie Holland, Sean Hayes, ALO , JTNero of Birds of Chicago. and Hot Buttered Rum.
Forest’s songs mine his deep folk roots and embrace his love of gospel, reggae, Americana, country, soul, jazz and funk.
Sun’s music has appeared on Showtime, NBC, PBS, MTV and in several film scores and soundtracks. He has also had several cameo roles in independent cinema including playing a fireman in “Who’s there?” directed by Cassie Jaye and premiering at Tallgrass Film Festival.
Thanks to two successful kickstarters Forest is putting out his music on Vinyl and releasing a new song each month this year.
"This cat has what it takes to make a mark. Sun's music is timeless… as fine a singer/songwriter as is out there”. All Music Guide
" ... stripped-back, slightly twangy evocative Americana set that is a delight from start to end." Maverick Magazine (UK)
“... alt country, folk-rock jams, creating a hodgepodge of comparisons that ranged from Jack Johnson to Ryan Adams to David Gray. ...even into Bob Dylan territory ... a daunting place to tread, but pulled off with the grace of a musical veteran.” Jessica Small - Santa Barbara Independent
MTV - Good Vibes
Showtime - The Big C
Land of Saints
A Common Thread
5th Symphony Document
Free Trip to Egypt Soundtrack
Burning Heart - Songs for the Gulf
Song for Laura, vol One
KFOG Local Scene vol. 1 and vol. 3
(Japanese release, Buffalo Records)
Surf Time vol. 1 and vol. 2
Strawberry Music Festival (California), Belladrum Festival (Scotland), Fiesta City Festival (Belgium), Tibetan Freedom Concert (Amsterdam), American River Music Festival, Cactus Cafe (Austin), Sweetwater (Mill Valley), Levitt Pavilion (Connecticut) , Mountain Winery, Steel City Coffee House (PA), Oregon Country Fair, SXSW, The Independent (San Francisco), Great American Music Hall (SF), Folk Alliance, Hotel Cafe (Los Angeles), The Fillmore (San Francisco), Chronicle Pavilion at Concord, , Shorline Amphitheater at Mountain View, house concerts and many more
2012 - NAPPA honoree, Just for Fun
2011 - Best Song Nominee, International Songwriting Competition with "Trampoline."
2011 - Best Album, Kids Music Awards with Just for Fun, Songs for the Little Ones.
2011 - Best Song, Kids Music Awards with "Trampoline"
2009 - Best Song Nominee, Just Plain Folks Awards with "Gurus and Rockstars."
2007 - 1st place, Pacific Song Writing Competition with Drops in the Ocean. (video)