Sean Cleland is a Na Hoku Award-winning songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist based out of Honolulu, Hawai'i. Described as an "innovative singer-songwriter and prolific performer [who] plays pop, rock, and soul" by The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, his music straddles the line between new and classic, refined and raw, solitary and cosmopolitan.
Sean’s solo act and band seamlessly blend together singer-songwriter, rock, pop, folk, blues, r&b, and soul genres. Artists as diverse as John Mayer, Ryan Adams, The Weeknd, Hozier, Oasis, Stevie Wonder, Wilco, Ray LaMontagne, The Beatles, The Allman Brothers, Amy Winehouse, Elliott Smith, and Jimi Hendrix may come to mind when listening to Sean.
His latest album, “The Process Of”, won the 2019 Na Hoku Hanohano Award for 'Alternative Album of the Year' (awarded by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts).
Sean was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, but was raised for most of his life in the California wine country. He began playing music at the age of 13, and has never looked back. He attended college in southern California earning a degree in Philosophy, all the while playing and honing what he knew to be his primary passion - music. He returned to the islands in 2009 and immediately felt a deep connection to his Hawaiian heritage as he began to develop his music career in earnest. He is of Hawaiian-Chinese and Scots-Irish/English descent...every part of his history informs his art today.