Seán Barna

Seán Barna, the most recent addition to the iconic Kill Rock Stars label, is a defining voice in the art of queer storytelling. From his first release, Cutter Street, an EP of notable introspection and intensity, through his newest single, Everyone’s a Queen on Halloween, Barna has developed an exacting, penetrative lyrical style and vocal delivery that meticulously dissects the darker corners of the queer experience. In 2021, his 22-date national tour as the lead-in band for Counting Crows demonstrated, through his visceral, commanding presence on stage, that every show is an opportunity to engage and challenge an audience.

Featured in American Songwriter, Billboard Pride, NewNowNext, and Aquarian Weekly, Barna uses empathy, intensity, and his experiences living in NYC, Los Angeles, D.C., and now Philadelphia, to invite us into a scene. NPR's Bob Boilen, host of the Tiny Desk Concerts and podcast All Songs Considered, said Barna is, "a thrill to see... wearing Ziggy Stardust on his glittery sleeve," while Barna's seminal EP, CISSY, was called "a brilliant, giant statement about modern life and sexuality" by Counting Crows frontman, Adam Duritz.

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Events featuring Seán Barna

Mar 17, 2023
9:00pm — 9:40pm
Presented by
Kill Rock Stars
Philadelphia, PA
Professional Connections
Seán Barna is seeking the following:
  • Management
  • Brand Partnership
  • Gear Endorsement
  • Other Artists to Tour With
  • Booking Agent - US
  • Booking Agent - UK/Europe
  • Booking Agent - Worldwide
  • Publishing
  • Sync/Music Supervisors