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John Forster: Bio

JOHN FORSTER is an award-winning songwriter, humorist and record producer whose work encompasses the worlds of singer-songwriting, musical theater and children’s entertainment. 

As a recording artist John’s 1994 debut album Entering Marion got an Indie Award HM (the independent record labels’ Grammy) for Best Comedy Album. Many of his witty topical songs have been featured 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.” John is also co-author of The BSAT Official Study Guide, from Running Press.

As a writer and producer of bright, sassy music for children John 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. He has produced records for everyone from the Olsen Twins to the original "tot rock" band, Rosenshontz.  John’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" and "A Good Swift Kick." His latest is "Mariel," an Afro-Cuban immigration story commissioned by the Cincinnati Playhouse. 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, Inc.), as well as book and lyrics for Freaky Friday with composer Mary Rodgers.