Americana, Rock, Blues, Singer – Songwriter Maggie Forti
Singer-songwriter Maggie Forti grew up across a field from the North river in MA. in an old pine forest; her dance with the muse began there. At 14 she was learning guitar and writing songs and at 17 she was playing with a local band “Full Moon Revue” singing harmonies and taking voice lessons with opera singer Pearl Layton. Maggie enrolled in Berklee College of Music, auditioned for and toured with Berklee’s Gospel choir –alongside college mates Layla Hathaway, Susan Tedeschi, and Paula Cole. She received a degree in Professional Music, networked and thrived in the Cambridge arts scene where she played clubs like the celebrated American folk music “Club Passim,” earning a loyal following in Boston before leaving in ‘91 to do a year long 30 state tour from MA. to Key West, Key West to CA. and up to Alaska. The road led her to singing for White Water Rafting companies in Texas, Colorado, Utah and eventually CA. where she moved to Berkeley and became part of the thriving SF folk music scene. Maggie performs her original material as a solo artist and sings with many local musicians and bands. She has performed at High Sierra Music Festival, and some of the exceptional artists Maggie’s shared the stage with include Peter Rowan, Chris Smither, Jerry Jeff Walker, Julie Wolf, Libby Kirkpatrick, Vicki Randle, Gina Breedlove, Stu Allen, Sunshine Garcia, Joey Blake, Lebo, Chris Chandler,Rachel Garlin, David Gans, James Nash, The Rainbow Girls, New Monsoon, Hot Buttered Rum, and ALO members, to name a few. Along with her solo work Maggie plays with violinist, composer, arranger and international recording artist. Irene Sazer, and with her bandmates from “Wildcat Canyon,” an all women’s singer-songwriter troubadour group that performs in the SF music scene with Shelley Doty, Green Huse, Emily Shore, Andrea Prichett, & Deb Lane..
Maggie’s first recording, “Rivers”, was produced at Coyote Tracks Studio, in Texas. In January 2019 she released “Travelin’ On” Produced by “Hot Buttered Rum’s” Nat Keefe, recorded at Tiny Telephone Recording studio, SF http://www.tinytelephone.com/ featuring celebrated artists, Vicki Randle – vocals, James Nash-guitar, Rob Hooper-drums, Steve Adams-bass, Jeff Coleman-keys and Phil Brezzina- violin. The CD has received great reviews, write up : Paul Haggard Art Director | Oakland Magazine, Alameda Magazine, East Bay Express, Bay Woof
“Lush Soulful Vocals & relatable, well crafted songs on love and
“Maggie’s melodic songs serve as the perfect vehicle for a stunning voice that will chill your spine with it’s beauty and emotion. You will surely be moved and inspired by her. “There are a lot of good singers; there are far fewer truly honest singers. Maggie songs travel straight from her heart into yours.” – Ira Marlowe (composer/lyricist San Francisco Mime Troupe.)
“Listening to Maggie’s velvet smooth delivery is transportive; she takes you on a ride into the deepest parts of her soul and lifts your heart in the process, leaving you with real peace and contentment. You will be grateful for the experience! “- Joey Blake (Mickey Hart, Bobby McFerrin, Kenny Loggins, Dianne Reeves, Associate Professor Voice Department Berklee