Sean Lennon was born in New York on October 9, 1975. He is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, and musician of British, American, and Japanese descent. Lennon is the half-brother of Julian Lennon and the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. He has been a member of Cibo Matto, the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, the Claypool Lennon Delirium, and his parents’ group Plastic Ono Band throughout his career. In 1998, Lennon released his first solo album “Into the Sun,” and in 2006, he released “Friendly Fire.” He also worked as a producer for several artists, including the Black Lips and the Plastic Ono Band. We are here to help you celebrate his special day.
Sean Tarō Ono Lennon was born on October 9, 1975, at Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan, New York City. On his mother’s side, he is Japanese, and on his father’s side, he is English, Welsh, and Irish. John Lennon became a househusband after his son’s birth, caring for him until his murder on December 8, 1980. At Lennon’s request, he was educated at the exclusive private boarding school Institut Le Rosey in Rolle, Switzerland, as well as the private Ethical Culture Fieldston School and Dalton School in New York. He then dropped out of Columbia University after three semesters to focus on his music and tour with his mother.
Lennon’s parents launched his musical career when he was five years old after he recited a story on his mother’s 1981 album, “Season of Glass.” From childhood to adolescence, Lennon worked with his mother on her solo albums “It’s Alright,” “Starpeace,” and “Onobox,” contributing vocals and receiving production credit. Lennon co-wrote the song ‘All I Ever Wanted’ with Lenny Kravitz for his 1991 album “Mama Said,” and worked with Kravitz on a cover of his father’s ‘Give Peace a Chance’ in protest of the Gulf War. By 1995, Lennon had formed I.M.A. with Sam Koppelman and Timo Ellis to perform on his mother’s album “Rising.” In 1998, Lennon released his solo debut, “Into the Sun.” Spike Jonze directed a music video for the album’s single ‘Home,’ which received extensive airplay on M.T.V. Yuka Honda, a Cibo Matto member who Lennon claimed was his inspiration for the album and with whom he had begun dating at the time, produced the album. Lennon signed with Capitol Records after Grand Royal Records folded in 2001, but no solo material was released until February 2006, when ‘Dead Meat’ was released as the first single from his new album, “Friendly Fire.” In October of 2006, the album was released, it had a love and betrayal theme, and it was dedicated to a close friend who passed away. Lennon made his first major television appearance in five years the night the album was released, performing ‘Dead Meat’ live on “The Late Show with David Letterman.”
On Valentine’s Day, 2008, Charlotte Kemp Muhl and Lennon debuted the band The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger live at Radio City Music Hall. On July 6, 2010, they released their debut single, ‘Jardin Du Luxembourg,’ and their debut album, “Acoustic Sessions,” on their label Chimera. The band then released “Midnight Sun” on April 29, 2014, which became their most successful album to date, and “Rolling Stone” ranked it among the top 50 albums of 2014. With Primus’ lead vocalist and bassist Les Claypool, Lennon formed the band The Claypool Lennon Delirium in 2015. The new band’s debut album, “Monolith of Phobos,” debuted in the Top 10 of three Billboard charts the following year, and was followed by a cover E.P., “Lime and Limpid Green,” in 2017. Yoko Ono and John Lennon’s original Christmas song, ‘Happy Xmas (War is Over),’ was covered by Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson at the end of 2018. The group also performed the song at “Saturday Night Live’s” Winter finale. On February 22, 2019, Lennon and his band, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, released their second album, “South of Reality.”
At the age of five, Lennon recites a story on "Season of Glass."
Lennon co-writes the song ‘All I Ever Wanted’ with Kravitz for his album "Mama Said."
Lennon releases "Into the Sun," which is produced by fellow Cibo Matto member Yuka Honda.
Lennon releases his second studio album, which is dedicated to the memory of a close friend who passed away.
On their Chimera label, Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl release the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger's "Acoustic Sessions."
The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger releases their most successful album to date, "Midnight Sun."
Why We Love Sean Lennon
He is not just the son of John Lennon
Most people believe that Lennon is famous because of his father, but he has proven the opposite with his music and collaborations with many bands on various projects, as well as his own success. If he didn't have the famous last name, the variety of music projects that keep Lennon busy right now might reflect creative restlessness or become a workaholic.
He performs for charity
Lennon's music has influenced millions of people, and he uses it to help others while also supporting charities and good causes. On October 16, 2013, Lennon, Spacehog, and Liv Tyler performed ‘Live on Earth’ for the David Lynch Foundation, which supports transcendental meditation teachings. Lennon describes transcendental meditation as a scientific method for calming down his brain and increasing the activity of his frontal lobe.
He is an environmental activist
Throughout his musical career, Lennon has achieved great success, but that hasn't stopped him from becoming a strong environmental activist. From 1996 to 1999, Lennon participated in and helped organize the Tibetan Freedom Concerts with Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys, which advocated for Tibet's independence from China. He also launched Artists Against Fracking, a campaign to prevent the expansion of fracking in the United States.
5 Surprising Facts
He was born on his father’s birthday
Lennon was born on his father's 35th birthday, which delighted him significantly.
His godfather is Elton John
Lennon's father and John had a good friendship and bond that led to John becoming Lennon's godfather.
He is also an actor
In 1988, Lennon was cast in Michael Jackson's “Moonwalker,” and in 1990, he played a teenager experiencing visions of various M.C. Escher prints in Sony's promotional short film “Infinite Escher.”
He has some interesting beliefs
While Lennon is not opposed to religion or belonging to any group, he believes it is a myth — however, he does practice transcendental meditation, which he claims helps him have 10% more conscious thought.
He has worked with the Beastie Boys
They approached Lennon about working on one of their albums after hearing about his early work with Cibo Matto — he contributed vocals to the album and has since been a frequent collaborator with acts of similar caliber.
Sean Lennon FAQs
Who is Sean Lennon dating?
Lennon first met model and singer Charlotte Kemp Muhl in 2004 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, and the two have been dating since 2005.
What is Sean Lennon doing now?
Lennon is back in the spotlight after appearing in a new radio documentary about his late father. It features interviews with Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, and his half-brother Julian Lennon, bringing him back into the spotlight.
Are Sean and Julian Lennon close?
Despite legendary tension and past bad blood between Julian and Lennon’s mother, Yoko Ono, Lennon maintains that he and his half-brother have always been close.
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