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“From a very young age, I just knew that I was gonna spend my life making music,” Sean McConnell states. “I never really questioned it, so I just forged ahead and didn’t let anything stop me.” 

Although his self-titled new Rounder album will serve as his introduction to many listeners, the personable young artist is actually a seasoned, distinctive songwriter and an experienced performer with a quartet of D.I.Y. indie releases to his credit. Having built a substantial grass-roots fan base through tireless touring and old-fashioned hard work, McConnell is primed for a mainstream breakthrough. 

Sean McConnell demonstrates exactly why McConnell has already won such a devoted audience. He writes vivid, forthright, effortlessly catchy songs whose incisive melodic craft is matched by their resonant emotional insight. Such instantly memorable tunes as “Holy Days,” “Beautiful Rose,” “Bottom of the Sea” and “Best We’ve Ever Been” are both catchy and personally charged, conveying an unmistakable sense of personal experience while exploring universal truths. 

“This record’s a bit of a step for me,” McConnell asserts. “It’s a real storyteller record, and it’s pretty autobiographical. I’m learning how to be more honest and understated in my writing, and I wanted to match that sonically and vocally. When I look at this collection of songs, I see a lot of nostalgia, and looking back on sacred moments. I’m kind of nostalgic and reflective by nature.” 

McConnell recorded the album in his adopted hometown of Nashville with producers Jason Lehning and Ian Fitchuk, who also contributed keyboards and drums, respectively. The recording took place prior to McConnell signing with Rounder, with the artist financing the sessions himself. 

“This project started,” he explains, “when I went to a cabin by myself for a week, with the intention of writing some songs. In that week, I wrote about half of the songs on the record, and I could see the thread of what this record was gonna be. That was exciting for me, because it normally takes me a year to find an album’s worth of songs that belong together. The whole recording process was really fun and liberating, and the energy in the studio was really positive.” 

Songwriting and music-making have been a part of Sean McConnell’s life for as long as he can remember. “My mom was a singer and my dad was a guitar player and songwriter,” he notes. “They’d play in coffeehouses and I’d go along and watch them perform, and seeing that lifestyle showed me that music was an option. And seeing my dad painstakingly writing songs had a huge influence on me, and gave me license to feel like I could enter into that world.” 

By the age of ten, he had become proficient on guitar and was writing his first songs. “I fell in love with the instrument first,” McConnell recalls. “Learning guitar gave me a feeling of uncharted territory laid out in front of me. And as I got better on guitar, the songs started to come naturally. At around the same time, we moved from Massachusetts to Georgia, and the first song I wrote was about the feeling of leaving the familiar and feeling lost in a new place. Music gave me a focus and became an emotional outlet for me.” 

His supportive family background helped to instill the confidence and drive to pursue his muse early on. “I started playing in middle school, doing any gig I could get just to get my chops up,” he says. “By high school, I would be doing local gigs and really promoting them, bringing out a couple hundred kids to my shows a few times a month and starting to make a decent living at it. That made me think that maybe I could do this in other towns. So I started traveling around the southeast a little bit, and there was always enough progress to take things to the next level. While I was in college, I did a lot of college touring, just me driving all over the United States in a Toyota Corolla. It was hard work, but it showed me that I could do it.” 

McConnell was just 15 when he self-released his first album, Faces, in 2000. Followed by 2001’s Here In The Lost and Found, 2004’s 200 Orange Street, 2006’s Cold Black Sky, 2007’s Tell The Truth, 2008’s The Walk Around EP, 2010’s Saints, Thieves and Liars, 2012’s Midland and the 2014 EP The B Side Session. 

“I had a guitar teacher in Atlanta who had a home studio, and he was the first one to say ‘Hey, you should make a record,'” he says. “If I go back and listen to that first record now, the songs are kind of crude, but at the same time there’s a directness about them that I like. My writing has evolved since then, but at the same time I’ve tried to hold on to some of that directness.” 

“I’m really attracted to songwriters who just put it out there honestly, and I feel like I’m getting back to basics and expressing things in a simple, direct way on the new album,” he continues. “I’m just trying to learn how to be a more honest storyteller, trying to get my mind in a place where I’m not actually thinking and the music’s just kind of happening naturally. When I read interviews with songwriters that I admire, they always say that the best songs are the ones that just kind of happen, like they’re operating from the unconscious. That’s a place I want to get to.” 

Having spent much of his life honing his craft and paying his dues, Sean McConnell is eager to launch the next chapter of his career. 

“I kind of feel like I’ve been in a really long boot camp,” he concludes. “I’m really grateful for that, because I feel like I’ve gained enough experience to know the deal and be prepared for anything. I’m excited to see where the next part of the journey takes me.”

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Average Rating : 5              Total Reviews: 20


Sean McConnell  10/26/2014            
Tyler Lee
Saw Sean at the Red Dirt Pavillion in Buffalo Gap last night. It was the second show of his ive seen. Folks, wht you here on his records is what you get live plus some! He is by far my favorite live performance. Vocals are second to none, do yourself a favor and find o show around you, you'll leave different, I promise.
Sean McConnell  10/04/2013            
Carla
I love him and his music. I was excited he came to Gruene Hall in Texas. His live show was amazing & awesome! I will see him again...
Sean McConnell  03/16/2012            
Tasha
He is amazing and touches the heart!!!!
Sean McConnell  05/24/2011            
msto
Sean is the most talented artist I have heard in a long time. He puts everything into his music and brings you on the journey with him in each song. If you get the chance to hear him live, it is a CAN NOT MISS!!!
Sean McConnell  05/18/2011            
Lakerleft
One of the most talented artist on the scene today. Great live shows. The Lyrics of his his songs are matched only by his live performances. He is the real deal - he is about music and the pictures pained by it.
Sean McConnell  02/03/2011            
Smith10
SM is AMAZING! Beyond talented with his songwriting and singing. We never miss a show when he's in Houston.
Sean McConnell  12/01/2010            
rawling
This guy has really got something go to his web site and look at the video why he made this ablum and you will be stirred down to your soul!! The best my all time favorite now!! See you at hanks Dec 16
Sean McConnell  05/12/2010            
red dirt girl
best. cd. ever.
Sean McConnell  04/26/2010            
Bobby Strange-Gray
This is an amazing CD. Be sure to get a copy of it. Vocals are incredible and the lyrics cant be beat. One of the best Cd's I have heard in a while.
Sean McConnell  04/14/2010            
CM
Everything about this CD is amazing! I love every song & can't stop listening. If you haven't seen this guy live, you need to!
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