"The Process Of" (Album Teaser)
“Innovative singer-songwriter and prolific performer plays pop, rock, and soul.”
— Honolulu Star Advertiser - TGIF (Jan. 20, 2017)
Sean Cleland is a performing/recording 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 new album, "The Process Of", is a 15-song collection of original music that at once sounds new - with it's melodic and singable blend of guitar-based pop, rock, and soul - while at the same time paying clear homage to the music of former eras. Echoes of John Mayer and Ryan Adams are etched across the new album that was recorded and produced in Honolulu, HI by Na Hoku-winning producer Imua Garza at Zeo Music. Released in 2018, the tracks "Dig" and “Salary Man” have already received radio play on Star 101.9, and the album has been covered in two TGIF features in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser newspaper. The album is available now on multiple digital outlets (iTunes, Spotify, etc.) as well as pressed to CD and double-vinyl formats (available in the Online Store or stream the whole album for free on Spotify).
Sean's solo act and band seamlessly blend together singer-songwriter, rock, pop, folk, blues, r&b, and soul genres. He has opened for Iron & Wine (2018) and Houndmouth (2016) at Honolulu's famed Republik, as well as performed at Aloha Stadium, Hawaii News Now, KHON, KITV, The Perry & Price Show, and Pakele Live (his particular concerts are still currently airing on tv channel OC16). He was also selected as a finalist in the state of Hawaii for the "KHON X Factor Audition Pass Contest" and has been a semi-finalist for the "RAW Awards". Artists such as the Beatles, Oasis, Wilco, Stevie Wonder, Ray LaMontagne, The Allman Brothers, Amy Winehouse, Elliott Smith, Jimi Hendrix, and Hozier may come to mind when listening to Sean. He has 4-5 residencies every week at Honolulu hotels and venues with his solo act, which means he performs approximately 250 times every year.
“The results suggest diverse influences: mainstream American rock, 1960s-vintage English pop, Bruce Hornsby, Guns n’ Roses, John Mayer, and late-1960s Beatles.
“Personal influences shape Sean Cleland's newest album. 'A lot of great things are happening in my life, and that's embedded in this album', he said.”
(STREAM THE WHOLE ALBUM FOR FREE ON SPOTIFY)