ALEX FORBES MUSIC

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I'm thrilled that I can still wake up every day and write, record, and produce with a wide variety of artists all over the world. I'm continually striving to create timeless songs that get under the surface and reveal something true, even when it's scary. My mantra is that songwriting is an act of courage — and it's thrilling when we rise to the occasion.

 

Never the type to stick within a single genre, in recent years my own songwriting has been expanding into more... shall we say "political territory," including songs that touch on human rights, animal rights, and spiritual themes (plus of course some good ol' Pop tunes). 

Here are a few songs I've written for others and myself recently, for your listening pleasure, along with links. Enjoy!

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I Dance My Dance, Nile Rodgers & CHIC

© by Nile Rodgers, Alex Forbes, Jerry Barnes and Melissa Sanley. Released on Virgin by the legendary 3-time Grammy winner and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Nile Rodgers and his band. They performed it at Wembley Arena in London for the BBC Children In Need Rocks Benefit Concert. On Spotify & YouTube and other outlets. 

Find My Way Home, in the documentary Jewel's Catch One

© by James Bonzai Caruso, Janice Robinson and Alex Forbes. This film traces the life of Jewel Thais-Williams who founded a groundbreaking LA club that welcomed all LGBTQ people. Directed by C. Fitz, and distributed by Ava DuVernay's ARRAY, the film is now streaming on Netflix here.

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My Pain, Ronan Parke

© by Alex Forbes, Noel Cohen and Kathy Sommer. Ronan became a huge star in the UK on Britain's Got Talent at the age of 12. Now 20, "Found My Way" is his second full-length album. Here's Ronan's website, and you can check out the song here.

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My Time, Melissa Sanley

© by Melissa Sanley, Alex Forbes and Jerry Barnes. International press and critics rave: “Melissa Sanley has a spectacularly powerful voice, able to hit mind-blowing highs,” and “Melissa Sanley conquers the audience,” calling her “a diva on stage.” Here's My Time on Spotify, and you can check out the video here.

Bath Water, vocals by Valerie Broussard

© by Valerie Broussard and Alex Forbes. A favorite song that I co-wrote with this wonderful new artist, accompanied by a cool track produced by Kirsten Price. You can check out more of Valerie's music here.

Thrill Me, vocals by Kim Viera

© by Alex Forbes, Kathy Sommer and Noel Cohen. This super-sexy song was on hold with a Certain Singer, but... sigh... you know how it goes. That said, we still think it'll find a home someday soon!

I Will Go There, vocals by Tatiana Owens

© by Alex Forbes, Jeff Franzel and Niklas Edberger. We wrote this for 50 Shades of Grey, except that fell through. But hey, we got all sexy for a few days — at least in our imaginations. It appears on the Universal compilation: Let the Darkness Guide You

Where Do I Stand, vocals by Mary Kantor

© by Mary Kantor, Alex Forbes, Kathy Sommer and Matt Anthony. Here we go getting a wee bit political. Where the hell DO we stand? Especially since the, err, Election in Question. Our other songs, 3000 Miles and Eye-To-Eye are on Mary's Soundcloud Page

Where Will the Giants Roam, vocals by Alex Forbes

© by Bill Katz & Alex Forbes. This song won first prize in the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos songwriting competition: a 2-week photo safari in Africa. Together we CAN end the slaughter. For more info, please visit March4ElephantsAndRhinos.org

Somewhere in the Stars, vocals by Alex Forbes

© by Kennan Keating and Alex Forbes. This song was written to honor the memory of my brother's life-long best friend, Jim. He'll never be forgotten. I truly think that when we die, we don't really. It's a theme I return to over and over, and the older I get perhaps more so...

Meant To Be Free, vocals by Alex Forbes

© by Alex Forbes and Steve Wise. Written for the Nonhuman Rights Project, with Steve, subject of the DA Pennebaker & Chris Hegedus documentary, "Unlocking the Cage." The music video by Maureen O'Kicki is being shown at wildlife conferences worldwide! Psyched.

Summertime, vocals by AJ Smith

© by Aladdin Royaal, Alex Forbes, AJ Smith, Sam LaMore & Anthony Benvenuto. Lots of writers, but this our early version, before all those remixers and DJs got a hold of it. Here's AJ's site, and here's how the remix eventually turned out — #3 on the Australian Club Charts.

Shine For Me, vocals by Alex Forbes

© by Alex Forbes. This was my first animal rights song, written in honor of Petal, an amazing rescue dog that provided the inspiration for the Animal Farm Foundation, which advocates for equal treatment and opportunity for pit bull dogs.

Dance with the Enemy, vocals by Erin Bowman

© by Alex Forbes, Kathy Sommer and Noel Cohen. Ever been in one of those destructive relationships where you know you shouldn't... but then you do? Or is it just me? And Erin Bowman's voice blows my mind!

All Rise, vocals by Andres Quintero

© by Andres Quintero, Noel Cohen and Alex Forbes. This is a song for the Dreamers, who we feel should be given the opportunity to live full lives in the USA without fear of discrimination and deportation.

SELECTED

CREDITS

I Dance My Dance, Nile Rodgers, CHIC
Jewel's Catch One, dist. by Array
"Melt Away" in hit film Deja Vu
My Pain, performed by Ronan Parke
Wild Life, feat Jacquie Sandell
Brothers, recorded by Elvis Blue
NYU Steinhardt courses
Write Songs Right Now by Alex Forbes
Tom Dobson, American Man album
Songs in Dance Moms
Let the Darkness Guide You
ASCAP Foundation workshops
Gotham Writers' Workshop
SongCamp - A Virtual Workshop
1010 WINS Radio's 50th Anniv. Song
You Are Water, by Hayley Westenra
Turn It Around, Make It or Break It
"Lucky Day" on Bugzy album
International Songwriting Camp
Songwriters Beat with Valerie Ghent
Too Turned On, recorded by Alisha
SongLab, Songwriting for Teens
Don't Rush Me, by Taylor Dayne
Closer To You, by Simon Kirke
Big Love, by Marie Frank
Japanese release, Hayley Westenra
Right Before My Eyes, Patti Day
Jiang Duo Cuo Dou, by Sandy Lam
Summertime, on Running Trax
Right Before My Eyes, Lonnie Gordon
"Freak," "Broken Girl," by Tasha
In a Dream — a hit with Rockell
Leave a Light On, Martha Wash
Don't Rush Me, Taylor Dayne
Workshops at The Calhoun School
Institute for Collaborative Education
ASCAP Pop Award for Don't Rush Me
Summertime, chart single Down Under
Hard to Get, in The Experts
Come Alive, Paulini
Workshops & Critiques at CSA
Don't Let Me Fall Alone, Fan Club
"Serenade You," George LaMond
Writing for Songs of Love
Gimme What's Real, Indra
One-hit wonder with Joey Lawrence
The Same Dream, Apollonia
Nothin' My Love Can't Fix in Blossom
Co-write with Cyndi Lauper
Summertime, on Running Trax
2 songs on Amy Lynn
Four songs, Papa Dee
Until I Do, Hiram Bullock
Mentoring at the ASCAP Expo
Never Knew Love, in Treacherous
Late Night Talk w/You, Hiram Bullock

RECENT

EVENTS

Nonhuman Rights Project Video
The Power of Prosody Workshop
SongCamp - The Secrets of Hit Songwriters
Songwriting Lifers Event in NYC
RAD Songwriting Workshop
YoungArts Foundation Competition
NYU Steinhardt Songwriting Workshop
At the HBO Premiere Party
Global March - NYC Artists Against Exctinction
Songs of Love at Paul Simon Concert
Songwriting Workshop in Ottawa
Jerry Barnes and Melissa Sanley
ASCAP Foundation-Songwriters Beat Workshop
Concert to End Gun Violence
Shelly Peiken's Blog - Mentors
SongParty Reunion
Gimme What's Real, Indra

This Estonian superstar was huge in France, where our song did rather well.