I founded the film-music company, Force For Good, to put into action the qualities and principles of the heroes I researched and wrote, recorded and performed songs about for a quarter century. My team and I are about uplifting the uplifters.
Jonathan Sprout
Biography
Jonathan Sprout has recorded 12 albums, performed more than 6,500 concerts, and taught more than 800 songwriting workshops throughout the United States since his first professional appearance in 1972. His songs have appeared on several internationally released compilation albums.
In 1986, Sprout co-produced the first of four groundbreaking albums with recording engineer and guitar-ist Leslie Chew. Their On the Radio was the second album of rock music for children ever made in America. In 1990, Sprout Recordings released Lullabies for a New Age, the first album of original New Age music ever rec-orded for children. New Age Retailer wrote, “If you’re going to buy one children’s album this year, make it this one.” In 1991, Sprout utilized his degree in psychology, releasing another groundbreaking album, Kid Power, created to boost children’s self-esteem. Dr. Music followed in 1994 with a title track that for several months stayed in the top 10 on Radio AHHS, America’s syndicated radio station for children.
In 1994, Sprout began a 20-year stint researching, writing, and recording songs about American heroes. This resulted in four albums that garnered a remarkable 26 national awards* including a GRAMMY® nomination in the Best Children’s Album category.
Sprout’s personal life reflects the values his creative work espouses. An active member of the Religious Society of Friends, known as Quakers, he resides in Bryn Gweled, an intentional community outside Philadelphia, dedicated to championing compassionate and responsible shared living. Sprout’s plug-in hybrid car and energy-efficient home and studio are powered by solar panels, enabling him to live and travel virtually off the utility and electric grid.
In 2016, concerned by current national and global events yet inspired by the heroes he’d written about, Sprout founded Force For Good to uplift, unify, inspire, energize, and engage people in responsible civic duties.
Sprout worked with co-producer Joe Mennonna for two years, orchestrating 24 original music pieces. He worked two more years creating films for each piece of music with Emmy-winning filmmaker Rodney Whitten-berg. Force For Good’s songs and films address important issues, including sensible gun control, immigration reform, climate change, renewable energy, hunger, homelessness, and racial and gender equality.
Force For Good releases one film each month in 2020, beginning with Ice, a piece about the melting of the polar ice caps and the effects of climate change. The Force For Good audio CD Passions was released in Feb-ruary 2020 followed by Innocence, slated to debut February 2021.
* Awards include: several NAPPA Awards, several Parents’ Choice Awards, two Film Advisory Board Award of Excellence awards, a Family Choice Award™, Dr. Toy One of the 10 Best Audio/Video/CD/DVDs, Academics' Choice Award, KIDS FIRST! Award, Tillywig Brainchild Award, Dove Foundation Seal, Mom's Choice Awards® Gold, Creative Child Magazine Award, and a Global Music Awards Bronze Medal.
Official Selection
Harmony
Bryn Gweled Martin Luther King Jr Event
Southampton
2020
Official Selection
Solar
PennEnvironment Climate Crisis Event
Elkins Park, PA
2019
Official Selection
Ice
PennEnvironment Climate Crisis Event
Elkins Park, PA
2019
Award Winner
Uplifters
Vienna Indie Short Film Festival
Vienna
Official Selection
Oceans
Berlin Film Festival
Berlin
Finalist
Wind
Vancouver Independent Film Festival
Vancouver
Finalist
Plastic
Milan Gold Awards
Milan
Official Selection
Reverence
Fantastic Festival of Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Official Selection
Reverence
Cairo Indie Short Festival
Cairo
Award Winner
Natural
Niagara Falls Film Festival
Niagara Falls
Official Selection
Natural
San Francisco Indie Short
San Francisco
Finalist
Homeless
Vancouver Independent Film Festival
Vancouver
Official Selection
Exceptional
Los Angeles Film Awards
Los Angeles, CA
Official Selection
Organic
Hollywood Gold Awards
Hollywood, CA
Finalist
Safe
Indie Short Fest
Los Angeles
Official Selection
Safe
Independent Shorts Awards Finalist
Los Angeles
Award Winner
Safe
Top Shorts 2020 Festival Semi-Finalist
Award Winner
Safe
Vegas Movie Awards Award of Merit
Los Vegas
Official Selection
Safe
Sydney Lift-Off Film Festival
Sydney
Best Music Video
Refuge
Independent Shorts Awards
Los Angeles
Best First Time Director
Refuge
Independent Shorts Awards
Los Angeles
Official Selection
Harmony
Hollywood First Time Filmmaker Showcase
Hollywood, CA
Finalist
Harmony
Lonely Wolf London International Festival
London
Official Selection
Solar
Film Con Awards
Award Winner
Solar
Best Shorts Competition
La Jolla
Official Selection
Ice
Nature Without Borders International Film Festival
Nassau, DE
Finalist
Ice
Florence Film Awards
Florence
Official Selection
Ice
Venice Film Awards
Venice
College
Bucknell University
Psychology
19701974
High School
The Peddie School
Birth Date
April 12, 1952
Hometown
Hightstown, NJ
Gender
Male
Hiked 800 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Bicycled 2,400 miles from Seattle to Denver.
"Never play anything that doesn't improve on silence." -- Jonathan Sprout
I founded the film-music company, Force For Good, to put into action the qualities and principles of the heroes I researched and wrote, recorded and performed songs about for a quarter century. My team and I are about uplifting the uplifters.
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