“When I was in art school in Barcelona I spent a lot of time in the library looking at the vast collection of Art Books. In between classes that were often taught in Catalan (instead of the Spanish I had studied and was reasonably fluent in) I would grab a bocadillo de tortilla de patata or queso manchego at the break and then find a cozy corner in the library with a giant Rothko, Goya or El Greco book. Although there is nothing like seeing a painting in person to take in its full effect (and of course while in Barcelona I made the most of museums like the Joan Miro, Picasso Museum, and I lived near Parque Güell and would often walk there) I find there is something engaging about holding a careers worth of work in your hand in book form. Slowly turning the pages. Watching the progression of ideas and styles and color and form over time. I imagined then seeing my work in book form someday. Today I am sharing just that with you. I offer you these hardbound pages of original works spanning the years- paintings, drawings, pastels and prints - for you to curl up in a comfy chair and peruse at your leisure. My art student self would be proud. I’ll meet you at the cafe later and we can talk about life and art.” -Forest Sun
Forest Sun Music & Merch
- Keep on Rollin’
- Where Is My Home
- Just Because You Want It
- Stubborn Breathing Heart
- Something You Got
- Let Your Love Shine
- This Old Heart
- Paper Bridges
- What It Takes
- Already Home
- Help Me Find My Way
- On My Way To You
Forest Sun - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Drums, Organ Ingrid Serban - Harmony Vocals Kelly McFarling- Harmony Vocals Megan Slankard - Harmony Vocals Hannah Meyers- Harmony Vocals Lara Louise - Harmony Vocals Rob Hooper - Drums Alex Budman - Saxophones and Horn Arrangement Adam Theis - Trombone Gawain Mathews - Harmony Vocals, Hammond Organ, Upright Bass, Electric Bass, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, Resonator Guitar, Pedal Steel, Acoustic Guitar
Produced by Forest Sun and Gawain Mathews at Gawain Mathews Studios, San Pablo, Ca Engineered by Gawain Mathews Hannah Meyers Vocals recorded and engineered by Chris Meyers in Nashville, TN Mastered by Justin Weis
All songs Copyright 2021 forestsunmusic BMI All Rights Reserved. Except “Something You Got” written by Chris Kenner
“…touches of Americana, country, folk, soul and blues sprinkled in the music and it all sounds just plain good.” - Dave Watkins - Country Music People magazine
“.. radiates a warmth that’s absolutely enticing." Lee Zimmerman -Goldmine Magazine
“Invites us to the sunny side of California…offering us thirteen pop-rock tracks, tinged with folk …an endearing disc where the soul-tinged voice of the songwriter demonstrates all its possibilities.” Sam Pierre - La Cri Du Coyote Magazine - France
- All This Freedom
- Brighter Day
- Hearts Beat and Take a Beating
- Baby Don’t Worry (We’ll be All Right)
- When Will I See You
- One Candle
- If Our Time is Over
- Now That She’s Gone
- Just Someone I Used To Know
- Knowing How It Ends
- Little Mountain
- Clarity credits released October 11, 2019
Forest Sun - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion Gawain Mathews - Harmony Vocals, Hammond Organ, Upright Bass, Electric Bass, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, Resonator Guitar, Pedal Steel, Acoustic Guitar Ingrid Serban - Harmony Vocals - (Tracks 1,2,4,6,8) Kelly McFarling- Harmony Vocals (Track 4,5,9,10) Lia Rose -Harmony Vocals (Track 5) Noelle Hampton -Harmony Vocals (Track 3) Lara Louise - Harmony Vocals (Track 13) Alex Budman - Saxaphones and Horn Arrangement (Track 6) Rob Hooper - Drums Kyle Caprista - Drums (Track 8) Produced by Gawain Mathews and Forest Sun Recorded, Mixed and Engineered by Gawain Mathews at Gawain Mathews Music Studio in San Pablo, Ca Noelle Hampton’s Vocals engineered by Andre Moran at Congress House Studios in Austin, Tx Mastered By Justin Weis All songs written by Forest Sun Copyright 2018 forestsunmusic BMI All Right Reserved www.forestsun.com
" ... stripped-back, slightly twangy evocative Americana set that is a delight from start to end." Maverick Magazine (UK)
"Americana singer/songwriter Forest Sun has been making quality albums for more than a decade, yet I’d never had the pleasure of hearing him do his thing until “Just Begun” came across my desk a couple of months back. After several spins of the 12-track gem, I sought out Sun’s earlier work. I’m guessing you’ll do the same after “Just Begun” washes over you. Highlights abound, with Sun shinning brightest on the title track, “The Sky is Smiling,” “Just My Size,” Take That Wander,” “Like Water in the Desert,” It’s Good to See You,” “El Coyote” and “Long Day.” With his mellow vibe and ear-pleasing baritone, Sun is the real deal. Sorry it took me so long to realize that." Jeffrey Sisk, Daily News in Pittsburgh
"Just Begun, title of the disc, is also the affirmation of a great man who has not finished to surprise and enchant us." SP - Le Cri du Coyote (France) credits released November 10, 2016
All songs recorded at WaveLab Studios, Tucson, AZ. Produced by Forest Sun and Craig Schumacher. Engineered and Mixed by Chris Schultz and Craig Schumacher Jared Tyler and Jesse Aycock recorded at Blue Alleluia Studios, Tulsa, Oklahoma and Engineered by Jared Tyler. Mastered by J.J.Golden at Golden Mastering Winston Watson-Drums, Shaker Fen Ikner- Bass, Vibraphone, Vocals Michael Santander –Cello Ingrid Serban – Vocals, Accordions, Water drum, Bowed Vibraphone, Marxophone Jacob Valenzuela-Trumpet Jesse Aycock – Lap steel, Pedal Steel, Vocals Jared Tyler – Dobro, Mandolin, Vocals Chris Schulze – Shakers, Happy Apple Craig Schumacher – Harmonica, Organ Forest Sun – Vocals, Acoustic, Resonator and Electric Guitars, Piano, Toy Piano All Songs written by Forest Sun copyright 2012 forestsunmusic BMI All Rights Reserved Cd Layout and Design by Ryan Lopez Many thanks to all who make the music happen! Huge gratitude to Ingrid, Nathan, Wavelab, JJ, all the musicians listed above, and YOU for supporting the music! www.forestsun.com
"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
"'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,
"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
"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
"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
I am immensely grateful to the all the artists who donated songs to help raise funds for cancer treatment -sean hayes,alo, brett dennen, shane alexander, matt the electrician, beth waters, tom freund, danny schmidt, aj roach, anais mitchell, alex goldfarb, devon sproule, paul curreri, gavin glass, four year bender, the mammals, elam blackman and libby kirkpatrick.
It's a wonderful compilation that i know you will love and all the proceeds go to a worthy cause. My gratitude also for everyone's love and support in the last few years as my mom fought on.
There were so many great musicians wiling to gift their music for this project that there will be more Volumes to follow. There will be concerts with the artists involved this year as well... i'll let you know.
thank you for your care,"
Songs For Laura (Volume 1) Various Artists
Flowering Spade Sean Hayes Maria Animal Liberation Orchestra (ALO) When I Go Brett Dennen Be kind to you Forest Sun Spaces in Between Shane Alexander Happy Ending Matt The Electrician Forms Of The Truth Beth Waters Collapsable Plans Tom Freund (w/Brett Dennen) This to Shall Pass Danny Schmidt Devil May Dance AJ Roach Mockingbird Anais Mitchell Be Water Alex Goldfarb The Weeping Willow Devon Sproule A Song On Robbing Paul Curreri Ragdoll Gavin Glass And The Holy Shakers Southern Smile Four Year Bender Haircut Money The Mammals It's Okay To Be Alone Elam Blackman Jenny's Eyes Libby Kirkpatrick
Dedicated to Laura Purusha Huge gratitude to all the Artists and their labels who donated these songs to raise funds for cancer treatment. Go check them out and buy all their records right now. Thanks to Michael Winger and Robert Cross for mastering, Bryn Bowman for cd design.
"The real meaning of enlightenment is to gaze with undimmed eyes on all darknesses. " (Kazantzakis)
Songs For Laura Volume 2 1.Nightsong Heather & The Barbarians 2.Lonely Spires Rachel Ries 3.Teresa Peter Bradley Adams 4.Warrior Larkin Gayl 5.Harbor Saints Michael Zapruder 6.Slow Alexis Harte 7.Sleep Late Quincy Coleman 8.Strangers Kris Delmhorst 9.It's So Hard To Let Go The Blank Tapes 10.The River Samantha Crain 11.Houston The Bittersweets 12.Take Me In Your Arms Jesse Aycock 13.Blackwing Butterfly Noelle Hampton 14.Soul Parade Jesse DeNatale 15.Sweet Girl Will Conner 16.Dancer Jared Tyler 17.Leave My Man Alone Clare Muldaur 18.Goodbye Blues Easton Stagger Phillips 19.Gospel Song Carrie Elkin 20.Cup of Codeine JT And The Clouds 21.Mehitabel's Blues Jolie Holland 22.All The Pretty Girls Leave Town Tim Easton
"... 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 license all rights reserved