Book Live Music (Honolulu, HI)
(Price is for a solo act featuring a completely live looping performance of vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass, and sampled drums)
$500 for 1st hour
$300 for every following hour
LIVE MUSIC - Events & Weddings
(Contemporary Solo Guitar & Voice)
Sean Cleland presents a unique music selection that is perfect for your next event or wedding.
Sean is a Na Hoku Hanohano 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 can in one moment be introspective and refined, and in the next, fiery and emotional. Blending together a hooky pop-songwriting aesthetic with the raw emotion of his electric guitar, Sean traverses and synthesizes the frenetic passion of rock and blues with the sultry sounds of r&b, jazz, and soul.
Sean's latest single, "White Noise", evokes the ambient textures of Boards of Canada and late-era Radiohead, along with a pop aesthetic that points to a singable chorus. Clean electric guitars mix with shimmering synth pads…drenched in lush reverb and delay, the song summons forth a landscape in your mind. Lyrically, the song describes our current media-obsessed culture, and our inability to break free from the grip of our beloved digital screens.
His other three recent singles are “No Ceiling Above” (a rocker that bursts with blues-rock swagger in the same vein as Led Zeppelin, Rival Sons, or The Black Keys), " Misfit" (a funky track in the musical neighborhood of Lettuce, Soulive, or Jamiroquai) and "Wake" (shades of Mayer Hawthorne or a jazzier John Mayer). These are the first 4 of 6 singles that will be released every 3 weeks and then compiled into the 8-song album "Chroma (vol. 2)" by Fall of 2021.
His most recent album is "Chroma (vol. 1)" (released in December of 2020). It features the previously released 2020 singles "Comfort Kills" (feat. ATOM), "Able (Break The Clock)", "Aim Higher", "Sleepless", "Cheap Thrills", and "Chroma", as well as 3 additional songs. The singles have been featured on multiple blogs and Spotify playlists. The album has already received regular airplay on 90.1 FM KTUH college radio, appearing on their NACC charts for multiple weeks. All tracks and albums are available to stream at the links above or for purchase in the store.
His solo act and band seamlessly blend together singer-songwriter, rock, pop, blues, r&b and soul genres. Artists as diverse as John Mayer, Gary Clark Jr., Ryan Adams, Hozier, and James Bay may come to mind when listening to Sean. Sean's guitar playing sits on top of his compositions as a dazzling electric blend of SRV, Hendrix, and Mateus Asato.
Sean's 2018 album, “The Process Of”, won the state-wide 2019 Na Hoku Hanohano Award for 'Alternative Album of the Year' (awarded by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts) (produced by multiple Na Hoku Award-winning and Grammy-nominated producer Imua Garza). He accompanied the album with two acclaimed music videos for the songs "Salary Man" and "Curl". Sean has also self-produced three albums, "Wanderlust", "Silence Speaks Louder", and "The Winter Room", prior to his latest solo release. He is a relentless performer, and has played at the 2020 NAMM Show, opened for acts like Iron & Wine and Houndmouth, and performed at world-class venues like Blue Note Hawaii. He has also had music placed on NBC and Freeform. Currently Sean performs live in two basic configurations: 1) a solo act featuring a completely live looping performance of vocals, guitar, bass, and sampled drums or 2) a full band format (trio, quartet, or quintet).
Sean was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, but was raised for most of his life in the northern California wine country. He is Hawaiian-Chinese and Scots-Irish/English. Sean began playing music at the age of 13, and has never looked back. He attended college in southern California earning a degree in philosophy and anthropology, all the while playing and honing what he knew to be his primary passion - music. After a life-changing backpacking trip across Europe and parts of north Africa, 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.
Sean currently lives in Honolulu with his wife Chelsea and their two cats, Toasty and Oslo. They are both avid travelers, and have satisfied their wanderlust in places like Kenya, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, China, Japan, Norway, Ireland, Italy, France, Spain, Germany, England, Scotland, and Switzerland.
Every part of his history informs his art today.
*Note to clients: Sean is able to sound like a full band by utilizing looping techniques during shows. He offers a fuller sounding experience than a single performer with merely an acoustic guitar. Within one song, he can sound like he's playing an acoustic guitar, electric guitar, keyboard, bass guitar, and drums (while singing). And his hourly rate is much less than a comparable 3 or 4 piece band
*Although Sean's weekly calendar may look full due to his weekly residency gigs, please don't hesitate to call even if you see that he already has a gig on the particular day of your event/wedding. His calendar is flexible and he will work to make your event a reality.