Born in Durham and raised in Greensboro N.C.,
Sean Hill, who is also recognized as Papasean, was born in Durham, NC and raised in Greensboro NC. Sean began singing at 8 years old in church and school.
“I knew I wanted to do music and entertainment.”
Being raised under religious traditions, secular music wasn’t allowed in the home, but he still found a way to listen to the radio when he could. Fascinated by the Motown sound, he quickly developed an ear for R&B Soul at an early age.
By age 11, Sean began listening to classical music and fell in love with orchestras and the symphonic sound. As a child, his vision and dreams of being a star some day was the most important thing in his heart because he knew his destiny was much bigger than just entertainment.
Throughout his teenage years, Sean spent most of his time listening to music and studying his voice. He was exposed to many genres from R&B, Classical, Soul, Pop, Vocal, Latin and World music, and he found himself wanting to create his own music. At 18, he started writing and arranging songs and would enter local talent showcases and sing accapella. Several years later, Sean joined an R&B male band called “FORMAT.” The band started recording and doing small concerts in Greensboro and surrounding areas.
Soon after, the band were performing at universities and concerts as the opening act for entertainers like The Temptations, K.Ci & JoJo, Boyz II Men, TLC, Babyface and many more.
“Locally and throughout the U.S., we started creating a following that took us many places to showcase our music.”
After eight years of recording and performing, the momentum started to slow down and the band split.
Although the band came to an end, Sean continued his vision of music. Without music collaboration efforts from former band members, Hill begin to produce, write, perform and record his own music.
Having lived in Greensboro most of his life, Sean felt it was time to make a move. “Sometimes you just have to leave home and start something new,” he said. So he moved to Charlotte N.C., and that’s where he stepped up his motivation.
After living three years in the Queen City, Sean met James Bennett, Tavarius Polk, Anthony “Smitty” Smith, Jagger “Overflow” Gestson & Rachaun ”Raye” Reid, who welcomed him into their music network. This experience unlocked a creative drive that forced him to take his music to a higher level.
Sean then moved to Tampa, Fla. in 2003 where he met talented musicians and started working on his first solo release. The collaborative efforts of Tyger Hanley, James Holden, Sam Letric, Greg Reynolds, Cammie Davis, Polk, Gestson, Dayve Stewart and Jermaine Giddens brought forth the 2006 release the “Balance.” Strong biblical roots; skillful writing, angelic tonalities and soulful production are what truly made the Balance a multi-genre release.
Sean brought you the “Balance,” which infused, enlightened and soothed the hearts and minds around the world. Teaming up with Hanley, Michael Simpson, Smarly Bazile, Winfred R. Durand, G.Vernon Burrell Jr., Derek Burrell, Enrique “Kayree” Brooks, Felix Powell, Aileen Alcantara, Candace Hines, Eric Olszewski, Ricci Ocampos, Alfred Sheppard, Michelle Shine, Emily Arvidson, Maya Carpenter, Gerardo Manrique, Lachenda Payne, Christine Artiles, Brenda Colon, Jeanette Rolon, Erin Urquhart, Dnyce Cruz, Jennifer Riley and Ryan Copeland, now his sophomore release “Adore” is sure to have a bigger impact on all the music lovers around the globe.