Forest Sun

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Forest Sun
Forest Sun live in concert
Forest Sun live in concert
Background information
BornGlens Falls, New York, United States
Instrument(s)Voice, guitar, piano, drums, ukulele, resonator guitar
Years active1999–present
LabelsPainted Sun Records

Forest Sun (born August 6, 1973)[1] is an Americana singer-songwriter from San Francisco, California, United States.


He was born Forest Sun Schumacher, in Glens Falls, New York, United States.[1]

In 1999, Forest Sun created the independent record label, Painted Sun Records, and released his first album, Not Afraid.[2] The following year he released Plenty,[3] in San Francisco, California. AllMusic noted that "in these ten small gems, Sun offers the Muse the gift of his voice to write and sing though. Traces of rock & roll's past, present, and hopefully future mingle with progressive folk music, textured, moody pop, and a healthy sense of literary finesse."[4] In 2002, Forest Sun performed at the Strawberry Music Festival,[5] and Shoreline Amphitheatre, opening for Bonnie Raitt and Lyle Lovett. In 2003, he performed at the Concord Pavilion opening for Jackson Browne, Keb Mo, and Steve Earle

For The Story (2003) was again commented on my AllMusic noting "The highlight is the album's centerpiece track, "Always," a jazzy piano-based shuffle featuring guest vocals by the Be Good Tanyas' Jolie Holland."[6] He later hosted Songbird Radio on KWMR in Point Reyes Station, California. In 2005, he played at the Mountain Winery, opening for the Beach Boys. Walk Through Walls was released on May 13, 2005.[7]

In 2008, prompted by his mother's battle with cancer, Forest Sun began a benefit project to support people with cancer and their families by hosting benefit concerts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which led to producing compilation albums called Songs for Laura.[8] These albums brought together over forty artists such as Sean Hayes, Animal Liberation Orchestra, Brett Dennen, Matt the Electrician, Tom Freund, Danny Schmidt, Anaïs Mitchell, The Mammals and Devon Sproule. So Nice[9] and Harlequin Goodnight,[10] featuring songs with ALO and Sean Hayes, were issued in 2008. The following year, Forest Sun added the musical collaboration of Ingrid Serban and the two begin to tour as a duo.

Forest Sun released his first children's album, Just for Fun (2010),[11] which was a collection of original songs and Americana classics such as "You Are My Sunshine," and "Polly Wolly Doodle". The recordings featured members of Marley's Ghost and Ingrid Serban. In 2012, Forest Sun released Just Begun. The album featured Tucsonian musicians such as Winston Watson, drummer for Bob Dylan and Lenny Kravitz, Jacob Valenzuela, trumpet player for Calexico, and was recorded in Tucson, Arizona, at the Wavelab Studios.

In 2018 thanks to his Kickstarter backers Forest began releasing a new song every month culminating in a new album to be released in October 2019. As an actor Forest has appeared in the film “Who’s there?” (directed by Cassie Jaye and premiering at the Tall Grass Film Festival) Forest played a fireman and his song “Long Day” is in the soundtrack during the closing credits. “All Sales Final” Directed by Ingrid Serban won “Best Short Film made on a Smart Device” at the Albuquerque Film and Music Festival.“Elusory” directed by Scott Steiner premiered at the Amazon Underground Film Festival in Brazil. Forest composed the soundtrack to the upcoming feature documentary “Free Trip To Egypt”.


Year Album
1999 Not Afraid
2001 Plenty
2003 For The Story
2005 Walk Through Walls
2006 Dancing Again (Japanese release on Buffalo Records)
2008 Songs for Laura
Harlequin Goodnight
So Nice
2009 Songs for Laura Volume 2
2010 Just for Fun
2012 Just Begun
2019 Brighter Day
2021 Stubborn Breathing Heart


  1. ^ a b "Who is Forest Sun?". Retrieved March 3, 2016.
  2. ^ "Not Afraid by Forest Sun on iTunes". January 1999. Retrieved March 3, 2016.
  3. ^ "Forest Sun on iTunes". Retrieved March 3, 2016.
  4. ^ Thom Jurek. "Plenty - Forest Sun | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved March 3, 2016.
  5. ^ "Forest Sun : Thursday, August 29, 2002 at 6:30PM - Main Stage". Archived from the original on February 3, 2013. Retrieved March 3, 2016.
  6. ^ Stewart Mason (January 6, 2004). "For the Story - Forest Sun | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved March 3, 2016.
  7. ^ "Walk Through Walls - Forest Sun | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. May 13, 2005. Retrieved March 3, 2016.
  8. ^ "Songs for Laura, Vol. 1 - Various Artists | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. March 12, 2008. Retrieved March 3, 2016.
  9. ^ "So Nice - Forest Sun | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. March 20, 2008. Retrieved March 3, 2016.
  10. ^ "Harlequin Goodnight - Forest Sun | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. March 10, 2008. Retrieved March 3, 2016.
  11. ^ "Just For Fun - Forest Sun | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved March 3, 2016.

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