China Forbes to Release First New Solo Material in 13 Years

Pink Martini, Portland Oregon’s globetrotting, self-described “little orchestra,” is excited to announce that lead singer China Forbes, the Voice of Pink Martini since 1995, is releasing new solo material on the band’s label Heinz Records for the first time since her autobiographical album 78, which came out in 2009. The first song from this long-awaited new recording project, “Full Circle”, a soaring anthem of orchestral pop, written and produced by Forbes, is out today globally as a digital single. A music video for the song, created and directed by Forbes, is also out today.

Forbes has also recently co-written, with bandleader Thomas Lauderdale, Pink Martini’s two latest hits, including “The Lemonade Song”, released in 2020, which is approaching 2 million streams on Spotify alone. About “Full Circle”, Forbes says “I wrote this song on either side of a breakup; the first verse optimistic, and the last verse embracing the pain of life’s intermittent loneliness. It describes the power each of us has to steer our lives in the direction we want to go. We start alone, and we will be alone again. But what amazing treasures we collect along the way!”

Born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, China Forbes graduated cum laude from Harvard and was awarded the Jonathan Levy Prize for acting. She appeared in New York regional theatre and off-off Broadway productions, earning her Equity card alongside future stars of stage and screen such as Norm Lewis, Peter Jacobson and Rainn Wilson. In 1995, she was plucked from New York City by her Harvard classmate Thomas Lauderdale to sing with Pink Martini, and has since written many of Pink Martini’s most beloved songs with Lauderdale, including “Sympathique,” “Lilly,” “Clementine,” “Let’s Never Stop Falling in Love,” “Over the Valley” and “Hang on Little Tomato.” Her original song “Hey Eugene” is the title track of Pink Martini’s third album and many of her songs can also be heard on television and film. She sang “Qué Será Será” over the opening and closing credits of Jane Campion’s film In the Cut and her original song “The Northern Line” appears at the end of sister Maya Forbes’ directorial debut Infinitely Polar Bear, which was released in 2015 by Sony Pictures Classics.