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Forest Blakk Opens Up About Tumultuous Childhood

Forest Blakk Opens Up About Tumultuous Childhood

Forest Blakk Opens Up About Tumultuous Childhood

Forest Blakk Opens Up About Tumultuous Childhood

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  • The young person who would one day become a well-known singer/songwriter had, in fact, had quite a turbulent life up until that time.
  • The adjective “tumultuous” somehow minimises how weighty it was, Blakk muses. “I’ve never had someone support me before. I wouldn’t get that sensation from my father. He would try to buy goals for me if I was trying to play hockey, but all I needed was for my dad to show up to the games.”
  • “My stepdad purchased my name from my father after my father sold me to him for 10 grammes of cocaine.I was purchased by him”
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Blakk explains that “she was my stepfather’s stepmother and she was the only safe refuge I ever had in my life.” “I moved in with her at the age of 15 with two trash bags and a backpack. I immediately ran into her arms after landing at the Montreal train station. She opened her door to me. I finally had a chance to catch my breath at that point. She gave me my first sign of hope.”

He halts. “I would relocate ten times a year. Gangster was my father. When I was young, I witnessed people being shot. On our front doorstep, I witnessed a murderous attempt on the life of my father. He was shot multiple times by the attacker, yet he survived.”

Thankfully, Blakk found refuge in Nana’s basement and found solace in the guitar strings. It was on that instrument that Blakk ultimately collaborated with Steven Solomon, David Hodges, and Drew Kennedy to write the song “I Hope You Know,” which is currently included on his newest Every Little Detail EP.

In his musical ode to his grandmother, Blakk says, “I composed that song to say I truly hope you realise that every day I’m out here doing something, every time I play a chord, every time I release an album or an EP, or I go out and I play for an audience, I’m really thinking about you.”

The fact that Blakk has managed to write sincere songs like “Give You Love,” “Fall into Me,” and “If You Love Her” despite the harsh hardships he has faced is quite amazing. But as it turned out, “If You Love Her” was also the result of some suffering.

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When it came to the song he co-wrote with Steven Solomon, Blakk explains, “I had been touring for about 22 months and was in the middle of recording my second EP.” “I had this relationship with her at the time, and I intended to marry her. I arrived home to find her having an affair, but I haven’t actually told anyone about it. My entire world collapsed beneath me.”

Blakk returned to Los Angeles in 2019 and hired a car from his label to live in while he struggled to make ends meet with what little money he had and the hopelessness of his future. But out of that suffering came “If You Love Her,” Blakk’s breakthrough song, which has now had over 310 million streams globally.

 

And now, Blakk is living his ultimate love story alongside his new fiancée, Tooley Jones.

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“I feel like the whole world was black and white until the day I saw her,” raves Blakk. “And then just everything got painted with her. It changed my whole life.”

 

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