Sean Holt

Adjunct Instructor

  • Program:
    Popular Music, Music Technology
  • Division:
    Contemporary Music
  • Instrument:
    Vocal Arts, Performance


Sean Holt is a musician, producer, songwriter, and artist. Originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, Holt’s early musical influences were a unique collection of Louisiana blues, gospel, and jazz from that region. He began his professional career in 1989 in Los Angeles, where he currently resides.

Shortly after locating to Los Angeles, Holt received his master’s degree in music from the USC Thornton School of Music and began recording and performing with West Coast artists. He has performed and recorded with artists ranging from Carlos Santana, Joe Jonas, Slash, John Legend, Big and Rich, Bette Midler, Bruno Mars, and Nelly, to Kenny Loggins, Mary J. Blige, Gloria Estefan, Arturo Sandoval, Michael Buble, Sergio Mendes, Sheila E., and numerous others.

For the last two decades, Holt has enjoyed an extremely diverse and multifaceted role in the national music scene. He is an accomplished, creative business owner with years of experience in music production and supervision with a successful management track record of sourcing, cultivating, and motivating talent. He has composed/produced Emmy, Clio, and Golden Pencil Award-winning music for hundreds of clients including Apple, Nike, Nissan, Oracle, HP, BMW, Porche, Mitsubishi, Expedia, McDonalds, Kodak, MasterCard, NBA, MTV, and Lexus. In 2007, Holt was honored to produce the worldwide theme music for Al Gore’s “Live Earth − a Climate in Crisis,” 24 hours of music from nine concerts across seven continents that reached an audience of two billion people. Holt has consulted with numerous successful new media/entertainment start-ups, advising creative companies about the ever-changing landscape of the music industry and helping to define their core strategies for revenue, marketing, social media, and operations. Clients include The Believe Foundation, LASAE, West Coast Music, MeMe2 Magazine, American Audio Visual, Inc. and Masher Media.

From 2009 – 2011, Holt was the associate music director for the Ese Vatos, the house band led by Michael Bearden on the Lopez Tonight show with George Lopez. Holt is the music director on The Next – Fame Is At Your Doorstep on CW Network, where he recently produced/performed over 80 songs in 14 weeks across six American cities. Additionally, as Dept. head within the 25/7 Production Company (The Biggest Loser), he supervised budgets/payroll/staffing for all band personnel and supporting staff.

Holt is currently on faculty of the Popular Music program at the USC Thornton School of Music. As an adjunct instructor, he offers instruction in music performance class, vocal performance class, senior directed research projects, and private study.

Holt is the co-founder of the Believe Foundation, a California 501c3, providing intensive educational programs that cultivate the discipline, dedication, and commitment necessary to achieve excellence in the arts. Created to inspire inner-city youth to become the artists and audiences of the future through academic, artistic, and aesthetic education programs such as LASAE. The Los Angeles School of Arts and Entertainment improves student achievement through high quality arts education and provides a bridge between South Los Angeles youth and employment opportunities in the entertainment industry. Organized as a public charter school within the Los Angeles Unified School District, LASAE offers a college preparatory curriculum with high-level instruction in music, dance, drama, and the visual and media arts. This school is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2013.