SEAN WATERS: Performer, Producer, and Freelance Philosopher
Raised by Colorado hippies in the 1980s, Sean Waters would get masters degrees in philosophy and education while performing in the jam-rock band Wasabi (‘Best Colorado Jamband’ in Denver’s Westword in 2007) and the indie-folk duo the Seers, one of the “hardest working bands in the region” (The Coloradoan in 2016). After more than 1000 shows over 18 years, Waters caught his first industry break in 2019 after his demos intrigued L.A.-based producer Justin Andres, the live music director for Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Eric Burdon and the Animals.
Waters flew to L.A. to record "Easy Graces", his solo debut single, which would chart on Hype Machine, with national bloggers praising the production as “grounded, poetic, and striking” (Two Story Melody), and “ruminative Colorado Americana” (Indie is not a Genre). In early 2020, Waters headlined a sold-out show in LaPorte, Colorado (his hometown), and signed a artist development deal with Syncopate Media.
When the pandemic hit, Waters dove deeper into his songwriting, studio work, and videography, releasing a series of singles while still working teaching writing remotely as an instructor at Colorado State University.
Waters, who believes that music reveals the structure of the universe (dawn to dusk, life to death, sound to silence) wrote his MA Philosophy thesis about how Buddhist theories of knowledge can treat depression and focused his English Education Masters project on why we need to introduce young people to philosophy. An avid daily writer, he's filled over 146 moleskin journals (and counting) with over a million words of notes, songs, and poems.
All the while, Waters has been quietly and patiently fine-tuning the crafts of singing and songwriting.
And this is just the beginning. Inspired by the vision of the L.A. recording sessions, Sean began gathering a team of like-minded people and a stellar live band, naming the proclivities of his muse and his collaborative artistic team the SUNRISE GENIUS. Together with drummers Tyler Lindgren and Zack Scott, guitarists/bassists Taylor Tesler and Ehren Crumpler, and keyboardists Dave Wisbon and Brian Collins, Sean Waters is settling into a long and rewarding career as a musician, writer, philosopher and artist.
Sean has appeared at the Colorado Showcase at SXSW, The Colorado Brewers' Festival, First Night Fest, Fortoberfest, and other events across the front range. In regional press, Sean has been called a "skillful, entertaining and soulful performer."