John Forté

Artist, Filmmaker, Writer & Activist, Grammy-nominated member of The Fugees


John Forté is a Grammy-nominated recording artist, filmmaker, writer and activist, first recognized for his work with multi-platinum hip hop group The Fugees. In 2001, he was arrested and convicted for a first-time, non-violent drug offense. He was sentenced to 14 years in a federal prison. He was granted executive clemency by President George W. Bush in 2008. He has released four studio albums, Poly Sci (1998), I, John (2002), Stylefree the EP (2009), and Water Light Sound (2011). His collaborators have included Herbie Hancock, Wyclef Jean, Tricky, Carly Simon, and Talib Kweli. His work has also been featured for the Sundance Film Festival, where he scored all of the opening festival trailers. He is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and briefly attended NYU.