During a time where creativity and inspiration are overshadowed by harsh realities, Sean Terrell Plummer says he has just the remedy: Freedom Therapy.
Better known as Sean Terrell, the singer, songwriter and producer from Bridgeport, Connecticut, believes that out of all his projects, his latest, Freedom Therapy, resonates the most because of its timely message.
“There’s obviously been racial injustice and that really pricked my heart concerning freedom. It becomes hard to look up when everything around you is going crazy. That was really where I wanted to go with [this project] Here’s some therapy concerning this world while we’re going through what we are going through. There’s still a light at the end of the tunnel.”
That light, Sean Terrell firmly credits is God.
With his music, Sean hopes to inspire creativity using current events as his direct influence. Dedicated to encouraging his audience to get lost within the music, Sean says songwriting enables him to not lose sense of his own creativity.
” For me, I don’t try and force it. I haven’t written an album in 2 years, I’ve been working on [Freedom Therapy] for 2 years. When I finally got enough songs,I was like ‘wow this is it!’ When I listened to it all together… I went in so many different ways and I’m really proud of it. My creative process helps me stay creative because I’m not forcing it.”
As the grandson of Bishop J.C. White, the son of Michon White-Bernard and the nephew of Gospel-artist JJ. Hairston (Youthful Praise), Sean says music has always come second nature. Rooted by what many call ‘legacy’, Sean says he’s purposely made sure to not use his family as his crutch.
“There’s been times when my uncle has asked me about where am I looking to go and do, I’ve always given him a general answer. That was not to push aside legacy because I love my family, but there’s something to be said about building your own. The lane that I want to go, I want it to be said that he did it his own way. Sometimes when you’re attached to people, they cant help you where you need to be helped. If your audience is not your audience then what are y’all really doing? My whole family does and that’s what I want. Their support.”
As an independent artist, Sean says he has learned two very big lessons in the industry.
“The first being location because where you are is not necessarily your audience.”
Sean admits that for years he was performing for an audience, who he believes, [their] ears were closed.
“That happens when you don’t realize that that is not your audience. Now I feel a lot more comfortable writing because I’m not trying to write for anybody else. I’m just writing and sending it off to those who its meant for.”
The second lesson: the misconception of getting signed by a music label.
“Getting signed to a label is a lot different than what you think it is. I recently worked with Kingdom Time Entertainment. Great people, and when the head of the label [Marcus] first signed me, there was a whole lot of promise. That’s usually how it works though, there’s promise and then financial cuts. [laughs] As I began to go through the contract, I realized the need for contracts has lessened over the years. You can find your own audience on Facebook and do your own thing. I was so on getting signed, writing to get signed.”
Often referred to as “an artist’s favorite artists”, Sean says for him, it’s not about getting signed. A proud man of color and Child of God, Sean says it’s about making his way in a very challenging industry, all while staying determined.
“I want to be someone that writers really want to go to their concert. I didn’t want to make the general everyone clap your hands music. That’s no knock to anyone who does that because audience participation is great. I just wanted to do something really different.”
Sean says he decided to pursue Christian music because it’s the most meaningful genre to him. In high school, Sean shared that it was the music of Tye Tribbett and Kirk Franklin that got him through.
“I want to be that to somebody else. I write for other people but for me, I want to be that person that someone can listen to and say ‘Wow I needed that today.'”
For the many who follow Sean’s journey, it’s evident that his talents exceed way beyond the music. Sean says he has numerous projects in the works, sharing exclusively with TNJ that he’s currently working on a short film.
“I don’t want to leak too much but it is concerning Bishop White and his legacy. It’s staged right in the [New York area], a short film, documentary, it’s going to be great.”
Aside from his projects, Sean says he’ll be most proud to obtain his Bachelor’s in Media Communications this winter. Having studied through out the summers, the self-proclaimed creative admits he wasn’t always this focused, but he’s glad that he is now.
“Its all about creating something, everybody needs to be creative. I think it’s a release for everyone and they need to experience that.”
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