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I was born right outside of Chicago, raised in South Florida, but have been a long-time resident of the Metro Atlanta area in Georgia. I got my electrical engineering degree and an engineering entrepreneurship certificate from the Georgia Institute of Technology. I am the CEO of Trackstarz as well as the co-founder of Nectar Distribution. I am a former WEA recording artist and director for the spoken word group Destinations. With Trackstarz, I am a co-host for Trackstarz Radio & Television, and also do photography, videography, web and graphic design, audio production and engineering. I got married to my beautiful wife Alfie on 2012.
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TRACKSTARZ CEO AND MC SEAN DAVID GRANT RELEASES ‘WONDER YEARS’ ALBUM FEATURING MOUTHPI3CE, ESHON BURGUNDY AND MORE
Grant debuts Gordon Parks-inspired photo album with more than 170 exclusive images
VIEW ‘WONDER YEARS’ FLIP BOOK WITH SNIPPETS
Atlanta, GA (April 24, 2017) — Sean David Grant, the multi-talented CEO of Trackstarz, LLC and co-host of the syndicated Trackstarz podcast and radio show, debuts his new album Wonder Years on Monday, April 24. The 14-song set features collaborations with the likes of Mouthpi3ce, Jasmine Le’Shea, Ric Sincere and Eshon Burgundy as well as production from Jay Cardec, Wontel, JRuckers, Cobra, PKOneDay, C-Beats and Trav.is.Music. The project is available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, and Spotify.
On Sunday, Grant unveiled a Wonder Years companion piece, a 119-page digital photo album with conceptual images shot specifically for each song, album credits and lyrics. The idea was inspired by iconic photographer and filmmaker Gordon Parks. For Grant’s “Alfie,” an ode to his wife, the flip book displays endearing pictures of the couple. “Abandon” captures visuals of homelessness. “Suffocating” depicts Grant submerged in water. “Honest With Me” showcases Grant under an interrogation spotlight.
Grant wants listeners to relate to his personal stories. “Wonder Years not only chronicles my life but the typical life of a young Christian trying to find their way,” he explains. “You start out on fire for God then trouble comes. You can either run from God or run towards Him. This album shows you how I got through my ‘wonder’ years dealing with self-doubt, doubts with God, and questions about my future. Are you in your ‘wonder years’?”
Wonder Years track listing:
How Bout Now [Prod. by PK One Day]
They Know ft. Mouthpi3ce [Prod. by Trav.is.Music]
Temper Temper [Prod. by Jay Cardec]
R Rated Nights [Prod. by C-Beats]
Addicted ft. FMG [Prod. by Trav.is.Music]
We Rise ft. Jasmine Le’Shea [Prod. by Cobra]
Alfie [Prod. by Jay Cardec]
Suffocating ft. Camille Priscilla [Prod. by Jay Cardec]
Paper Weapons ft. Ric Sincere [Prod. by Trav.is.Music]
Glorious ft. Danny Script [Prod. by Danny Script]
Good Enough ft. Eshon Burgundy [Prod. by Wontel]
Worry ft. JayStrong [Prod. by Jruckers]
Abandon ft. Celita [Prod. by Sean David Grant and Jordan Roe]
Honest With Me [Prod. by Wontel and Jordan Roe]
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List the names of those that have assisted you so far in your music career and use this opportunity to thank them.
Travon and Tandria Potts, Damian Boyd, Danny Preston, Jordan Roe, Billy Boughey, Callie Murray, Tim Wolf, Johnathan Rich, John Richmond, Ryan Moore, Ernest Ricks, Lasanna Ace Harris, Chris and Maya Dawson, Amena Brown, and my lovely wife Alfie. They have all made huge impacts on me as I have grown as an artist and a leader.
Narrate your experience while recording in the studio or while touring.
It has been a long journey. It took over 2 years to bring this album to life, but it was a learning experience. I was in the process of starting our distribution company Trackstarz Nectar and I believe the work we put in to get this album out will help thousands of other artists who choose to work with us in the future. I couldn’t have finished this album without the awesome people who work on our Trackstarz team.
Go into detail about your songwriting process.
I started out as a spoken word artist so sometimes I don’t even need the music to get started. I believe God reveals ideas to me as a just go about my normal day. I have long daily commutes so the best time for me to write is in my head while I am driving and listening to instrumentals. It’s probably not ideal but you have to make the best out of every situation you are in. This album was written out of pain. Unfortunately that is usually when I write best. Channeling the emotion of loss, doubt, fear, and frustration usually gets the best out of me.
Brief us on what you have on the way for your fans out there.
So with our distribution heating up, I have my hands on hundreds of other projects but the newest project; I am an executive producer on my label mate Ric Sincere’s album “Beyond Belief”. I am featured on the album and helped with production, mixing, and mastering. We are very proud of it. After that we will probably start work on our group FMG’s next project before re-focusing on another album from me.
Tell us what you are doing to increase your fan base.
My love for photography helps me stay engaged online. I am super busy but I absolutely love sharing what I see with my camera lens as I go about my life. I believe it helps give context to the music I make. It helps people see the music in my head.
Tell us that point in time that you just feel like giving up on your music career.
Working on my company Trackstarz takes absolutely everything out of me. I have often felt the overwhelming desire to just fade into the background and not share what God has given me. I am much shyer than my passion would lend you to believe.
Go into detail on how you make your instrumentation or melody.
My first goal is to always feel out what the flow of the song is before I even decide what it is supposed to be about. I have come to realize that when I don’t have an agenda before I start and just let my mind go wherever it wants, I usually find something special.
Tell us your complete understanding of music licensing.
Music licensing is critical. Getting the copyright for your work protects your investment and is the first step in getting placements in movies, television, and covers by other artists.
Tell us the best way to get in touch with you on social media.
Tell us your favourite genre of music.
Hip Hop is definitely my favorite but I also enjoy Worship music and Soul.
Tell us the subject matter of most of your songs.
Every song is about my experience as a Christian in some way or another. Good times and bad times. It’s all about my relationship with Jesus and how that influences how I see the world.
Tell us all we need to know about this song.
“Good Enough” is an answer to all of the doubts, fears, and insecurities we have floating around in our heads. We all have those moments, especially when we are young, where we feel insignificant or lacking in some area of our lives. I was such a shy kid growing up that it debilitated me in social situations. I truly wouldn’t be here today without the constant reminder from God that I am always good enough in his eyes.
Tell us what you think about digital distribution and streaming.
Digital distribution and streaming is my entire life now that we started Nectar Distribution. Streaming has completely taken over and is unavoidable. I grew up in the era of cassette tapes and CDs. Streaming is slowly bringing all that to an end. We decided to get in front of it rather than be left behind.
Tell us various ways that artists can boost their revenue.
Shows, showcases, online and offline merch, building a network of artists in your niche to feature with and hop on tours. Also, using some of your other skills like graphic design or production to freelance for others to help supplement you as you grow.
Tell us your thought on self-training and going to educational institution to study music.
I think a lot can be self-taught if you are dedicated to it. Anything you would ever want to know is either in a YouTube video or available with a quick google search… There is still value in learning from an experienced professional face to face, but if school is not an option you can still achieve the same thing with quality mentors.
Go on at length on what it takes to write a hit song.
I believe for it to truly be a hit it needs to come from a pure place. You can technically manufacture a hit by getting famous people to work on it and feature on it, follow the formula and crank out something predictable. But I think if it comes from a real place and a real experience and it resonates with you, then it will resonate with other people. After that, it just takes a big marketing effort to get people to hear it.
State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.
My artist name is my real name, Sean David Grant. When I was in high school, I was on my way to failing 9th grade English. One of my teachers wrote my full name on a piece of paper and told me that my name would be famous one day if I keep working hard. That stuck with me.
State the title of the song and the meaning.
“Good Enough” proclaims that no matter what your doubts or insecurities, God believes that you are good enough and loves you just the way you are and will help you overcome any inefficiencies you have.
State the title of the album and the reason for picking the title.
The title of the album is “Wonder Years”. I did this album to address the time in my life where I “wondered” the most about my faith in God and the confidence I had in my self. For an introvert, high school can be a battlefield, especially if you are one of those “weird” Christians as well. This album illustrates that journey and encourages others who have some of the same struggles to hold on and trust; keep trusting God.