Sean Forbes
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Sean Forbes

Detroit, Michigan, United States | SELF

Detroit, Michigan, United States | SELF
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"WDIV Interview with D-PAN"

D-PAN Interview with WDIV Detroit's Steve Garagiola - WDIV Detroit

"Signing on to Music"

Musician Sean Forbes is the creative beat behind expanding Deaf Performing Artists Network.

If you can imagine explaining the color orange to a blind person, you can perhaps understand what Sean Forbes is up against.

Or maybe you can't. Maybe no one understands what it's like to be the profoundly deaf child of musician parents and who grows up to be a musician as well, as Forbes did. His "Soundless" experience of music makes him uniquely qualified to lead and co-found the non-profit Deaf Performing Artists Network, or D-PAN, a group aimed at making music accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing communities.

To read more: - Hour Detroit

"Deaf Jams"

Sean Forbes isn't waiting on the world to change, he doesn't have any patience.

So the 25 year old hip-hop fan and aspiring musician from Farmington Hills started D-PAN, The Deaf Performing Artists Network, an organization founded to help deaf and hard-of-hearing people make inroads in the entertainment industry. Forbes himself is hard-of-hearing, after suffering permanent hearing loss at age 1.

To read more: - Detroit News

"D-PAN brings vibes, videos to hard-of-hearing"

When Sean Forbes sent a video of himself signing the lyrics to Eminem's "Lose Yourself" to Em's publisher Joel Martin several years ago, the video had a dual effect.

Not only did it show that Forbes, a Royal Oak musician who suffered permanent hearing loss at age 1, was an astute performer, but it also conveyed that - using Emimen's lyrics quite literately - the hard-of-hearing could lose themselves in the music too.

To Read more: - Detroit News

"Royal Oak man's videos help deaf people connect to pop culture"

The girls would smile, and ask for more, and that's when Sean Forbes realized he was on to something good.

The 26-year-old Royal Oak resident, partially deaf since infancy, had a can't-miss party trick: interpreting hit songs for his friends, using sign language to convey lyrics in time to the beat.

To read more: - Free Press - Brian McCollum

"CNN: Deaf Jams"

This piece was shown across the country on CNN and their affiliated networks.

This is Sean's first CNN interview.

View it here: - CNN

"CNN: "Young People Who Rock""

Sean Forbes is a young musician. He grew up with musical parents and always had his own talent and aspirations in the field. But, Sean just happens to be deaf.

Not letting being deaf stand in the way of his dream, Sean started a non-profit called D-PAN, or Deaf Performing Artists’ Network. It aims to make the music industry and music culture more accessible to the deaf community, namely by making popular music videos ASL (American Sign Language) – enhanced. "When you tell people who aren't familiar with D-PAN that we create music videos for the deaf, they're always taken back. I love the oxymoron of it which is why it's so beautiful,” the 26-year-old says.

Link to article/interview: - CNN / Nicole Lapin

"Fox News: Deaf Musician Follows his Dream"

This Fox 2 news interview was shown across the country right after American Idol.

This will give you the best background information on me. - Fox News / Andrea Isom


"I'm Deaf" EP - Released by Web Entertainment 2010
"Let's Mambo" Video Mix - Released by Web Entertainment 2011
"Perfect Imperfection" LP - To Be Released 2012 by Web Entertainment



Sean Forbes started writing songs when he was 5 years old. Instead of doing his homework he was always writing tunes and had a knack for signing songs to his friends in American Sign Language. Sean who has been profoundly deaf since he was 2 years old never let his deafness get in the way of the one thing he always wanted, to be a musician.

Sean established the Deaf Professional Arts Network, D-PAN, with Joel Martin owner of 54 Sound Studios and Eminem's publisher. D-PAN's ASL Music Videos have received international attention and acclaim with their interpretations of songs by Fort Minor, John Mayer, Christina Aguilera, and Eminem.

Sean has been featured on CNN twice, and a Fox News peice that has been shown across the country.

Sean and Jake Bass, son of oscar award winning producer Jeff Bass, teamed up to work on their debut song "I'm Deaf" and their chemistry exploded and they have wrote over 40 songs together. Sean also works with Tino Gross, Detroit Producer who is the lead funk scientist of the Howling Diablos who has produced tracks with Uncle Kracker have written a handful of great songs together too.

Sean has been influenced by everyone from Bob Dylan, to Frank Sinatra, to Hank Williams, to Public Enemy because they were about making a change and going against the norm.

To learn more about sean, watch this Fox 2 News Interview: