Welcome to my website!
I live in Copper Cliff, Ontario (home of the Super Stack), just outside of Sudbury, with my wife and kids. As complicated as life can get, I still try to find balance and keep it simple. Family. Friends. Roots. Community. Compassion. Honesty. Food for the body and soul. Love.
And songwriting – lots of songwriting.
I’m excited to share my songs with fans and other artists who are equally passionate about what they listen to, perform, or write. Music and words are my canvass, but I’m open to exploring other forms of artistic expression. It’s all about collaboration and sharing, and generally working together to create something beautiful, no matter where you are in the world.
Hang out awhile, drop me a line if you’re inclined, and enjoy the tunes. Peace.
Recent Blog Posts
My day job is writing. I write freelance on contract. I write music. You’d think when I wasn’t working I might find something else to do. You’d be wrong. (Juuust kidding - sometimes I read. Or cook…and then write about it.) So I have this blog about stuff, music and otherwise. Enjoy!
Say hello to my little friend
Facebook. It’s everywhere, everyone is on it, and many of us couldn’t live without it for business. For staying connected, I’ve yet to find a better platform. But sometimes, the connectivity is the problem. For one thing, half the time you actually run into someone, you’ve got nothing to say they haven’t read! Then there's the fact Facebook sometimes comes off as a social experiment run amuck that has taken us into some previously uncharted relationship territory.
No Hating in Wonderland
Went to Canada’s Wonderland a couple of weeks ago for the first time in about 25 years. To put it all in perspective, the last time I was there I think I saw Haywire play, the stand up coaster was the latest and greatest, and park admission was a LOT cheaper. (Haywire is still together, the stand up coaster isn’t, and admission prices now come with financing options – or should!) Anyway, as I was wandering the park I was struck by a few things.
(Including "what the fuck was I thinking??!!" as I plunged down the 75 degree Behemoth drop...but I digress.)
So much has been written about the Tragically Hip of late that I hesitated to add my voice to the cacophony. However, a few things I’ve read before and since “the show” – it will forever be known as “the show” I think – spurred some musings and memories. So please bear with me while I get some stuff off my chest.
Sudbury, Ontario-based songwriter Sean Barrette mines his northern roots for an earthy, acoustic-based sound that deftly mixes county, rock, reggae, and pop influences. He garnered critical acclaim with his 2011 debut album, Live Through This, and 2013’s Signs.
According to Grammy Award-winning producer Malcolm Burn (Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, Junkhouse), Barrette is “one of Canada’s best songwriters.”
Sean gained national exposure as co-writer and member of The Puckhogs, with their song, For the Love of the Game, placing runner up out of over 1000 entries in the national 2013 CBC Hockey Night in Canada Song Quest.
In 2014, Barrette attracted the attention of industry legend, Producer/Songwriter Alan Glass (Earth Wind and Fire, Aretha Franklin, Temptations, Maxi Priest, Kenny G.). Together they achieved cross-Canada radio airplay with a Glass produced radio remix of his song, Cool Side of the Pillow. This past Christmas, they repeated that success with Angel On My Tree, which they hope will become a new Christmas standard.
Sean’s talent for seeing the big picture, making heartfelt connections, and creating an atmosphere of respect, honesty and laughter have helped him manifest a large and growing circle of family, friends, and likeminded artists and business relations.