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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!
The Road to Colon 2016 (yes, I spelled that right)
How do you spell relief? At this point, I spell it, “Passed a medical test!” I'm not trying to be self-congratulatory here - it’s not like I studied for it or anything. But I feel pretty good about my performance, and it was not without preparation and sacrifice. Let me just back you up a few weeks… (TMI alert - TMI ahead.)
Goosebumps, grace, and tears - Eddie, Robin, and Joel
It has been a long time since I could call myself a legit Pearl Jam fan. I was there at the beginning, but somewhere between the 10,000th radio spin of Better Man (I was the guy spinning it) and the release of No Code, they lost me...or I lost them. I don't know - we moved on, as fans and bands sometimes do. I remained aware that Eddie Vedder and the band were carrying on and writing songs just fine without me, and that their phenomenal talent continued to grace stages and even blow a growing number of other peoples' minds, but they only existed tangentially to my music universe.
I have to say, however, how moved I am by expressions of such extreme humanity, humility, tenderness and caring as that which I read in my friend Robin Giles' story about her and her husband Joel Aubin's experience at the most recent Pearl Jam show in Toronto.
The Kids are Alright
I saw one again today in my newsfeed and finally snapped. I just couldn't take it anymore and had to get some thoughts down on paper. (Showing my age, eh? LOL.) Yep, yet another meme supporting generational bigotry. You know the ones...
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.