Nashville songwriter Sean McConnell has released the single and video ‘Holy Days’ ahead of the physical release of his new self-titled album on 30th September 2016. The album, his debut for Rounder Records, marks a personal and professional breakthrough – a career-defining record, with McConnell ready for prime time, yet still blessed with all the soulfulness and reflective storytelling for which he is already respected and admired.
Fans of country music may have already heard Sean’s work; having built up an impressive resume of writing credits over the past few years, his songs have been cut by artists including Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Buddy Miller, Rascal Flatts, Wade Bowen, Brothers Osborne, Martina McBride, the Eli Young Band, David Nail and others. Sean’s songs have also been featured on the smash hit television show ‘Nashville’.
The video for ‘Holy Days’ is streaming now on Youtube, and ‘Sean McConnell’ will be released on CD in the UK & Europe on 30th September. Sean will be performing in London as part of the Texas Music Takeover, from Nov 28th – Dec 5th 2016.
ABOUT THE RECORD
McConnell recorded the album in his adopted hometown of Nashville at Sound Emporium B and The Compound with producers Jason Lehning (Brad Paisley, Randy Travis, Aubrie Sellers) and Ian Fitchuk (Lucie Silvas, Andrew Combs), who also contributed keyboards and drums, respectively. The album was mixed by GRAMMY award-winning engineer, Ryan Hewitt.
Truly an independent project, 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.”
In his own words: “This record’s a bit of a step for me – 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.”
This album demonstrates exactly why this singer-songwriter has already won such a devoted audience. Especially in places like Texas, where he has been embraced by the homegrown “Red Dirt” community of singers & songwriters. Wade Bowen says “I don’t think there’s anyone better than Sean McConnell. Talented doesn’t even come close to describing the kind of artist that he is. I’m so glad that the rest of the world is finally catching on.”
‘Sean McConnell’ is released on CD in the UK/Europe on 30th September 2016.