“Innovative singer-songwriter and prolific performer plays pop, rock, and soul.”
— Honolulu Star Advertiser - TGIF (Jan. 20, 2017)
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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 music video for the track "Salary Man" (off of the album "The Process Of" (2018)) was released on Friday, Sept. 28. Please head to Sean's homepage for the embedded Youtube links: www.seanclelandmusic.com.
"Salary Man" colorfully explores a narrative we are all too familiar with, and asks what is truly important in our lives.
The video is brought to you by Peter Fowler of Endure Films and Imua Garza of Zeo Music. "Salary Man" is directed by Chelsea Gines, and features dancers Josh ‘Hazmat’ Ulep and Jordan Inouye.
Sean's new album, "The Process Of", (which was recently nominated for the 2019 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards - "Alternative Album of the Year" by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts) 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", "Salary Man", and "Curl" have already received radio play on Star 101.9. The album has been covered in two TGIF features in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser newspaper, as well as multiple blogs and Spotify playlists. "The Process Of" 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. 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.
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). Sean was selected as one of thirteen participants in the 2018 Creative Lab Hawaii Music Immersive where he had the opportunity to co-write for sync with SYML, Katie Herzig, Amy Stroup, Rob Kleiner, Butterfly Boucher, and Marlin "Hookman" Bonds. The song "Lost Myself", which he co-wrote and played guitar on with Gold Brother and Amy Stroup, was featured on Freeform TV's "Good Trouble" (episode #1013). He has been selected as a finalist in the state of Hawaii for the KHON X Factor Audition Pass Contest, a semi-finalist in the Hard Rock Rising competition, and a semi-finalist in the RAW Awards. Sean has 3-5 residencies every week at Honolulu hotels and venues with his solo act, which means he performs over 200 times every year.
“2019 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards - FINALIST ("Alternative Album of the Year")”
“Cleland makes memorable solo debut.”
— John Berger (Honolulu Star Advertiser)
“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.”