Today marks a new journey for me. I am stepping into year 21, full speed ahead. I feel like 20 ended an era, and 21 begins a new one. Over the years, God has revealed little by little, what he instilled in my heart.  After healing me of a rare heart disease at age 3, I was swiftly changed at 6 when music hit my heart for the first time.  I remember watching my idol, Stevie Ray Vaughan; play the guitar effortlessly on the TV screen. I remember sitting back on the couch, thinking, I want to do that. I had no idea what that entailed. I just knew I wanted the feeling that music gave me. I craved it. My heart would race. 14 years later, after trials and tribulation, happy times, and lots of great memories here I stand. I can’t thank every single person enough. All of you guys have molded me, guided me, and loved me more than I ever deserved. In 2012, I thought I had all I needed. School, a nice car, a cool apartment, and everything I dreamed of. I suddenly realized materialistic things could quickly go, just as they come. It wasn’t fulfilling anymore and my heart was racing for something more. The day I decided to quit college, City life won a huge SESAC songwriter showcase, and I said to myself, this is more than a coincidence. Since 2011, I have got to do some amazing things, with some incredible people, and the light is just beginning to be revealed. I have no idea what this next year will bring, but I want all of you to know, I am in the best place I have ever been in, spiritually, mentally, and physically. I am also introducing a new guitar; you’ll see a lot more of today. My grandma surprised me in getting this guitar I had been drooling over for sometime now. The coolest part is, the end of the serial number in this guitar has 02024. Yes, that’s my birthday date. February 24, has always been special, and now I have a new voice. She’s a beauty isn’t she? Ill leave you with this quote, “I am not trying to change the world. I am just offering my gift that God gave me, and if somebody is moved by it, that’s beautiful. Music can change the world because it can change people.” All love, JF
**UPDATE** Well the time is here. It seems surreal, that it is actually time to finish the album. Its like I am dreaming. These next 2 1/2 weeks, Tucker Wilson Matthew Turrentine Thompson and myself go in for 4 full days to track the second batch of songs, then I have 5+ days in there to take all the songs where I see them being, like bringing in Cellos, and Violins, and so many other things to make these songs HUGE. While all this is going on we are going to be filming a behind the scenes documentary as well to release this fall. I am so incredibly humbled, and so incredibly proud of this music. September, we revamp everything. A new single is coming before the release date. A lot of behind the scenes stuff now, but I hope its worth the wait. More announcements coming soon! Enjoy this picture of myself at a shoot Davion Baxter and myself just rapped up for the album. Patience is a hard thing for me, but God has a plan! Be on the look out for the official Artwork, and song list coming sooner than you think. Thanks for all the love and support this year, I have been quiet, but soon Ill be back better than ever. LOVE. - JF

Set your goals higher than "I want to be as good as so-&-so." Be better. Be YOU. Find your unique creative voice & give it life.
Some of you may read this tonight, and you may be struggling. You may be angry about the life you have, or the life you haven’t been given. You may be angry or lost in friendships, or caught up and addicted to things you don’t want to be caught up in anymore. You woke up this morning, wondering what’s my purpose? Where am I supposed to be, or where am I supposed to go?

I have wasted so much time in these very places. Struggling to find the inner person I was born to be. My Identity. My Belonging. Struggling to find the right words to stand up for myself, and not feel defeated and have the feeling of “I guess I am not good enough” swarm my mind, soul, and body.” I was trying to fill places and voids I could never fill as a human being. No love, no physical feeling, or materialistic object could ever come close to what changed my life. 

My life has not been normal. From surviving a near deadly illness as a child, to watching my father whittle away to a foreign figure and then suddenly losing that Father at 15 to cancer. Was it hard? Yeah. Kids don’t understand. I remember being in middle school and getting laughed at because I would miss weeks at a time. Why did I miss weeks at a time? Because I watched my father puke every morning from chemo, and I couldn’t handle knowing my life was uncontrollable. Do you have any idea what its like to be bullied at school, and be out-casted, and then come home to a broken family and a dying father?  Here I stand tall.

After my father died, I spiraled.  Which party was I going to be at on Friday night? Which high school expectation had I not met, and how I was going to raise the bar and be cool? I remember trying countless things, things I don’t regret, but things I knew I shouldn’t have done.  I wanted to be in that cool group so bad, because I looked to belong, because I didn’t like who I was when I looked in the mirror. I had to have nice stuff, and have status quo to feel like my life was normal. Senior year, I was denied to my dream university, and it just got worse.  I had all these trials, and I just wanted a fresh start, and new faces. Instead I got just the opposite.

It was not until the fall of 2011 that I was shown who GOD truly was. I believed in GOD, and I went through all the motions of being a Christian, but I didn’t know the feeling of love from GOD through the Holy Spirit. I flew to LAX for my first flight. I left home, and went to the Pacific Ocean. I felt real freedom for the first time. I remember walking in the church, a friend of mine worked at when I was out there, and I felt love for the first time. Love from people who knew so little about me, but knew so much. That church saved my life. Thank you.

After coming home, and almost moving to Chicago, I was shown I was needed to stay in Nashville. Looking back I now see the signs of me having so many trials with college as I was never supposed to be there to begin with. I was still going through the motions as a Christian and thought I felt this love but I had no idea what was coming. After a semester at Belmont, feeling lost more lost, I moved back to my mothers house, and lost a dear friend/ like minded dreamer. Not only did this bring up new scars, it reopened ones from my father, and from life. Everything I come close with, and what I become vulnerable with leaves me, and I become all alone again.

I blamed God. If there was a real God, I wouldn’t be here in this position; I wouldn’t have this bad story, id be happy, content, and be able to live like I want. That summer I was in a deep depression, and wasted the time away. The end of summer I met with a friend who changed my life. He met with me, we ate, and he showed me what I needed to see, and spoke to me what I needed to hear, and loved me the way I needed to be loved. That night changed my life, because he showed me the love God could do, and how it could really impact my life if I just opened my heart up. I then began praying, whole heartedly, and getting to know God, and knowing the Love he had for me, and feeling the Love he had for me.

God entered my life the Fall of 2012 110%. He allowed me to see the signs of my real life for the first time. He gave me the courage to stand up for myself, and drop out of school. He gave me the courage to play original music in front of public, and be confident in it, and he showed me I was born to share my gifts with the world. The day I dropped out of Belmont, a professor told me “boy, you can’t make an impact in this world sitting in a classroom”. That will forever be with me. The day I dropped I won a music Showcase, and signed with a Publishing & Performing Rights Company. I finished writing songs for my album I’m recording. I sold out HardRock Café, I was in the biggest music magazine in Nashville, and now the future is so bright. Im in the Nashville circuit, and I must take a step back, and focus on my album, and do just God and I for awhile. Where will the album takes me? It could be California. It could be internationally. Or it could be music row here in town. All I know is I am ready for the place my heart is pulled to be.

Once you give your life, and trust your life in the hands of God, it all becomes the way you want it to be. I am walking proof. Matthew 6:24 is one of my favorite verses. It says you cant please two masters. You can’t please society, and God. You either please one, or the other. And society will drive you to death, and that’s where I was headed. Most of you don’t know this, but I took a Xanex everyday to live. I was numbing myself out. I’m not proud of it, but it is where I was.

I am so thankful for MY life.  Do I still struggle? Yes. Am I where I want to be? No. But everyday is a day closer to God, and a day closer to helping people everyday through music, and through my story. I love you all.  You guys don’t understand how much I love people. I will help anyone I can; however I can. Know that I pray for God to find you through me.  

Be you. Find your god- given identity. Don’t fight it: fight society standards. Fight the good fight. Know your loved, and know you can do anything you set your mind to with God by your side.

All love,
J
Reflecting on the year I just had, its been unbelievable. I once thought i was going to Chicago, that fell thru. I went to belmont for a semester, released my first single and music video “city life” which got me a fair amount of attention. A close friend died, I decided to not go back to school, i moved out on my own for awhile, and figured out who the fuck Justin Forrest is, AND I finally stood up for my dream. Im not sorry for the decisions i’ve made, I’m not sorry for who i have become, but I am sorry that your no longer apart of my life, and and I am sorry of the things you wont apart of this point forward.
I used to let opinions get me down, and cloud my mind. If i wouldve listened to opinions, i wouldnt be headlining the hardrock next thursday. I wouldnt be a SESAC artist, and i sure as hell wouldn’t be out of school.

Stand up for you believe in and what you represent, and make a difference. 

Its your life to live.