Carlton Dubois McClain


Kansas City, Missouri-native Carlton Dubois McClain, who performs under the mononym Céran, is an award-winning, critically-acclaimed, and global-selling singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who, through his music, pays homage to the music legends, including Chevalier de Saint-George, Christina Aguilera, Michael Jackson, Bessie Jones, Billy Eckstine, among others, that paved the way for him. The stage name, Céran, was chosen in tribute to the seventh-century French saint of the same name in affirmation of Céran’s faith as well as Céran’s Louisiana Creole heritage, and, via the name’s French origin by way of Latin (Ceraunus) and, ultimately, Greek (Keraunos), “Céran” means “the thunderer,” which adequately describes the way in which Céran desires to “storm” onto the music scene. The music of Céran traverses a vast array of genres spanning from Soul and R&B to Pop and International music. And with each of his four studio albums accruing around 1,000+ streams and sales worldwide in all six of the habitable continents, Céran has thoroughly proven that he is a commercially viable force, not only stateside, but also internationally and abroad.
Born on the twenty-eighth day of April in the year 1992, Céran’s musical inspiration was spurred by the great musical tradition of his hometown. Taking advantage of Kansas City’s great jazz and blues legacy, Céran began performing at local hot spots including 18th & Vine’s “Blue Room” in his teenage years. However, this was well after Céran began formulating his foundation in performance in the church, and by the time he reached his teens, Céran had begun writing his first songs. Of Céran’s self-released, full-length 2012 debut album, “The Art of Céran,” music critic Matthew Forss of “Review You CD Reviews” declared that, “The eleven-track release showcases Céran’s latest musical creations with a powerful voice, danceable beats, and a soulful, yet humble, swagger.”
The defining characteristic of Céran’s music is his ability to intertwine his experience with classicisms and advantageously utilize that experience to create trendsetting, contemporary music. And with a natural knack for down-to-earth-style songwriting, Céran has penned his music in the vein of an old soul, and Céran continues to broaden his artistic horizons by penning lyrics in French, Spanish, German, and Louisiana Creole, which are also languages that Céran speaks, in addition to his native English. By conveying his unique abilities, Céran hopes to have a profound effect on the listener. But most importantly, Céran endeavors to use his knowledge of music theory to create songs that are plausible in the eyes of the legends of music’s past, but yet also current and relatable enough to the public of the present.

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