You know the name John Forté. You may know it from his past work with the Fugees in the '90s. (He co-wrote and produced two songs on the group's multi-platinum album 'The Score,' and Wyclef Jean produced his first solo album in 1998.) You may have heard his name in 2008 when President George W. Bush gave him a very last minute pardon from prison, where he was on year seven of a much-disputed 14-year sentence for drug possession and intent.

If you've become a fan of Forté recently then you may have downloaded one of his 60 new songs off of or seen one of the nearly 100 live shows he has performed in the past two years. It would be an understatement to say Forté is making up for lost time. But starting next month he is straying from the beaten path of how fame gets made and taking his brand global, to Russia for nine weeks: to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Ekaterinburg and cities along the Trans-Siberia Railway in Siberia that you've never heard of.