About the Artist
From: Newport News, Virginia United States
Website: Visit Shamar Forte's Website
Singer, songwriter, actor Shamar Forte is definitely a talent to look out for.
With such personal and passionate songs like the simplistic and emotive “Heartbreaker” the raw and powerful “Showdown” and a favorite performance piece, titled “What You Gonna Do” Shamar is a special artist who blends many futuristic sounds together to create his very own lane; complete with elements of R&B, Soul, Alternative Pop, and more.
Shamar was born in Newport News, Virginia and raised in both New York City and Fort Myers, Florida. He grew up within a military upbringing; thus allowing him to travel extensively and adapt to various cultural and musical genres. His acting credits include performing the part of CeCe in the New Jersey Production company of “Dreamgirls.” He played the part of the “Tin Man” in a 10-city tour of the Harlem Live version of the “Wiz.”
Shamar studied acting under Ms. Tasha Smith’s (“Daddy’s Little Girl,” “Why Did I Get Married”) T-Saw Workshop. In 2008, he appeared on BET’s highly-rated afternoon show “106 & Park” during “Wild Out Wednesday,” where the show features unsigned talent.
As a recording artist, Shamar most recently collaborated with the production team of New World, a successful group of producers and songwriters instrumental in the launches of the Jonas Brothers and the return of JoJo.
Shamar has held long ambitions to be in music have been a long time coming. He found it was his way of self-expression. “Music speaks all languages,” he says. “It is a way to reach people, and is something that everyone can relate to. “My musical heroes range from the likes of the late(s) Donny Hathaway and Michael Jackson to more current artists like Coldplay, John Legend, Mariah Carey, Beyonce and Seal. They are all complete artists, singers, songwriters, storytellers and awesome performers.”
“I’m the voice for the person who is scared to have one,” Shamar continues. “I think that I have a grittier way of saying positive things. I think there is a darker nuance contained in my music—it just feels natural for me to approach songs that way. In the end though, I know my songs are full of inspiration and an edge that’s enlightening. But that’s for you, though, the audience to interpret, and enjoy.”