Sean Altman

New York NY

Sean Altman

New York NY

Ex-Rockapella star Sean Altman is "tuneful and sharply witty" (Los Angeles Times) and "relentlessly clever" (Chicago Tribune), with “catchy melodies, clever arrangements and lyrics that yield satiric gems” (Washington Post), combining "the tunefulness of the Beatles and the spot-on wit of Tom Lehrer” (Boston Globe) with a “silky tenor voice that produced chills” (New York Times). "Imagine Dion meeting Marshall Crenshaw at the Beatles' house, with the Kinks, Beach Boys, Four Seasons and Persuasions all dropping by for a song swap." (Philadelphia Daily News). Altman — widely regarded as “the Father of Modern A Capella” — co-founded and led the pioneering vocal group Rockapella through its heyday on the Emmy-winning daily PBS-TV series "Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?", for which he co-wrote the ubiquitous theme song. His songs have been featured on dozens of TV and radio shows including NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Altman has twice performed for the U.S. President at the White House, he has shared concert stages with Billy Joel, Whoopi Goldberg, Jon Stewart, Jay Leno and Joey Ramone, and he has recorded with artists as diverse as XTC, John Cale, Richie Havens and They Might Be Giants. Altman is currently recording his fourth solo album of bittersweet originals; he sings a cappella with The GrooveBarbers, with whom he has released three albums; he performs original comedy songs as JEWMONGOUS (second album to come in 2015), classic covers as a band member of the Loser's Lounge tribute series in NYC, and vocal standards at the bedside of hospital patients as a volunteer with Musicians On Call.

  • Work
    • singer
  • Education
    • Brown University