John Forster is an award-winning songwriter, playwright, humorist, and music producer whose work encompasses the worlds of singer-songwriting, musical theater and children’s entertainment.
As a writer and producer of bright, sassy music for children, Mr. Forster has been nominated for four Grammy Awards, most recently for the Tom Chapin album Some Assembly Required. Other children’s albums include Family Tree, This Pretty Planet, Billy the Squid, and a dozen more, including the recent Give Peas A Chance. He has produced records for everyone from the Olsen Twins (Brother for Sale, I Am the Cute One) to the original "tot rock" band, Rosenshontz. Mr. Forster’s song “Sing Me The Story Of Your Day” was sung by Faith Hill on the 2006 Grammy-winning Thanks & Giving.
His musicals includes the regional theater favorite Eleanor - An American Love Story (licensed through Rodgers & Hammerstein) as well as Into the Light on Broadway, and the Off Broadway revues Pretzels (licensed through Samuel French) and A Good Swift Kick. His latest is Mariel, an Afro-Cuban immigration story. His scores for young audiences include the perennial How to Eat Like a Child, one of the most widely produced children’s shows in the country (licensed through Samuel French), as well as book and lyrics for Freaky Friday with composer Mary Rodgers.
As a recording artist Mr. Forster’s 1994 debut album Entering Marion received an Indie Award HM (the independent record labels’ Grammy) for Best Comedy Album. His latest is Broadsides, which features many of his witty topical songs aired on NPR’s “Morning Edition.” His songs have been recorded by Christine Lavin, Judy Collins, Rosanne Cash and the late Dave Van Ronk, among many others. His song "Entering Marion" is included in Dr. Demento’s “50 Greatest Novelty Songs Of All Time.” Mr. Forster is also co-author of The BSAT Offical Study Guide, an extremely rude parody of an SAT test prep amanual (published by from Running Press).