Tom The Suit Forst

World of Broken Hearts to be released on Retro Records/Factory Underground - February 14th.

A life-long blues and rock musician who joined the corporate world, "for a couple of years, to put some food on the table and try to get my kids through college," Tom Forst began a journey that culminated in 25-year career in television advertising. "I loved it, but I always had a plan to go back into music one day. The day my wife and I paid the last college tuition bill for my youngest child, that was it. I gave my notice, and went back to playing music full time,” he says.

At the time he made this bold decision*, Forst was Vice President of Sales at Cox Media, a major cable television company. He was 57 years of age. *Forst discusses this moves with Forbes Magazine.

Now at 68, Forst has never looked back and is showing no sign of slowing down. The blues-rock singer-songwriter, who has become known professionally as Tom The Suit Forst, has been inducted into the CT and NY Blues Hall of Fame. He has just completed a new 5-song EP titled “World of Broken Hearts,” that will be released on February 14, 2020. His debut solo album “On Fire” was released in 2016, produced by Grammy Award-winning guitarist Paul Nelson (Johnny Winter).

Performing as many as 200 shows a year with his band, with additional solo/special guest performances and keynote-speaking engagements, Forst has toured both the United States and China. He will support his new album heavily in the new year, invited to tour China for the second time in April 2020.

“The Suit” is the host of a popular weekly podcast called Chasing the Blues that just completed Episode #50, that will begin its second season in January 2020. The podcast, chasing down the history of the blues as well as highlighting those keeping the legacy of the blues alive, has featured other top blues stars including Christine Ohlman, Albert Castiglia, Anthony Gomes, Mike Zito and Joe Louis Walker. Chasing the Blues is available on all major streaming outlets and is being heard through other terrestrial blues specialty radio shows.

Forst will release at least three major music videos in 2020 including one for “Late Night Train,” which was recently filmed in Harlem, New York City, and one for “Everything is Falling,” that will feature a lead vocal duet with Christine Ohlman. Ohlman, known as the “Beehive Queen of Soul,” is part of the Saturday Night Live Band.

Tom The Suit Forst’s unique​ background and story have attracted loyal fans of all ages, many just admiring his willingness to leave the corporate life at a career peak to follow his musical dream. Others are discovering his passionately performed style of blues-rock and Americana that has been called a cross between Joe Bonamassa and Gary Clark Junior. His story has been covered by news media outlets and music bloggers all over the world, including a recent article on Forbes.com, and a feature on Channel 12 News in his home state of Connecticut. He is a popular radio guest who has been interviewed on dozens of stations across the US, and even by Radio Beijing.

When he is not recording, touring, and podcasting, Tom Forst devotes time to working with organizations such as Big Brothers of America. He is an ardent supporter of women’s rights and has championed the causes of female empowerment, and child education.