Forest Black He had been trying to write a song for his nanny for a decade.
“She was my husband’s stepmother, and she was the first safe place I ever had in my life,” Blakk told People in an emotional interview. “I was 15 when I moved in with her, two trash bags and a backpack. I landed at the train station in Montreal, ran into her arms. She welcomed me into her home. It was the first moment I had to catch my breath. It was the first glimpse of hope.”
In fact, the kid who would one day become a famous singer/songwriter had had a very tumultuous life up until that point.
“I think the word ‘loud’ almost undercuts how heavy it is,” Black says quietly. “I’ve never had anyone cheer me on before. My dad would take away that feeling from me. If I was trying to play hockey, he’d try and pay me to score goals, when I just wanted my dad to show up at games.”
Silence ensues, as if Blakk isn’t quite sure if he wants to continue this journey down somewhat spooky memory lane.
“My father sold me for 10 grams of cocaine to my mother and my husband bought my name from him. Buyer I am from him. “It stops.” I moved about 10 times a year. My dad was a gangster. I’ve seen guns pulled on people at a young age. I saw someone try to kill me [my father] On our front doorstep. The guy shot him several times, but he lived it.”
Fortunately, Blakk found safety in Nana’s basement and found an emotional outlet within the guitar strings. It was on this instrument that Blakk eventually wrote “I Hope You Know” alongside Stephen Solomon, David Hodges and Drew Kennedy – a song that is now featured on his brand new Every little detail EP.
“I wrote that song to say I really wish you knew that every day I’m here doing something, every time I play a chord, every time I do an album or an EP or go out and play for an audience, I’m really thinking of you,” he says. Blakk for his musical tribute to his tenure.
It’s an absolute wonder that despite the grueling challenges Blakk has been through, he still finds a way to work as the creator of such influential songs as “Give You Love,” “Fall into Me,” and “If You Love Her.” But come to find out, “If You Love It” also came about because of a certain amount of pain.
In the midst of making their second EP sideways “I’ve been touring for 22 months,” Blakk says of the song, which he co-wrote alongside Stephen Solomon. At that time, I had this relationship, and I was thinking that I would marry her. And I didn’t tell anyone about this, but I came home to having an affair. My whole life slipped out from under me.”
In 2019, Blakk moved back to Los Angeles and lived in a car his label rented to him, trying to find ways to survive on little money and a little faith in his future. But in that pain came “If You Love Her,” Blakk’s hit single that has managed to amaze over 310 million worldwide streams.
“Heartbreak was really the greatest gift I’ve received in my career,” says Blakk, who will embark on a 17-date headline North American tour this January.
“I think the reason it relates to so many people is because love, as complicated as it is, is very simple in terms of what you need to do. Just be nice. Say ‘I love you.’ I don’t need a big house, and I don’t need the big things.” Sometimes it’s those little gestures that really make up a love story.”
And now, Blakk is living his ultimate romance alongside his new fiancée, Tooley Jones.
“I feel like the whole world was black and white until the day I saw her,” Black exclaims. “And then everything was painted with her. It changed my whole life.”