Forest Sun

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Forest Sun
Forest Sun in concert 1.jpg
Forest Sun live in concert
Background information
Born (1973-08-06) August 6, 1973 (age 44)[1]
Glens Falls, New York, United States
Genres Americana
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Voice, guitar, piano, drums, ukulele, resonator guitar
Years active 1999–present
Labels Painted 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 commmented 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, Anais 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.


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


  1. ^ a b c "Who is Forest Sun?". Retrieved 2016-03-03. 
  2. ^ "Not Afraid by Forest Sun on iTunes". Retrieved 2016-03-03. 
  3. ^ "Forest Sun on iTunes". Retrieved 2016-03-03. 
  4. ^ Thom Jurek. "Plenty - Forest Sun | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-03-03. 
  5. ^ "Forest Sun : Thursday, August 29, 2002 at 6:30PM - Main Stage". Retrieved 2016-03-03. 
  6. ^ Stewart Mason (2004-01-06). "For the Story - Forest Sun | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-03-03. 
  7. ^ "Walk Through Walls - Forest Sun | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. 2005-05-13. Retrieved 2016-03-03. 
  8. ^ "Songs for Laura, Vol. 1 - Various Artists | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. 2008-03-12. Retrieved 2016-03-03. 
  9. ^ "So Nice - Forest Sun | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. 2008-03-20. Retrieved 2016-03-03. 
  10. ^ "Harlequin Goodnight - Forest Sun | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. 2008-03-10. Retrieved 2016-03-03. 
  11. ^ "Just For Fun - Forest Sun | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-03-03. 

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