Quinn Sullivan at Buddy Guy's Legends in January 2013
|Born||March 26, 1999|
|Origin||New Bedford, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|Genres||Blues, Pop, Rock,|
|Occupations||Musician and Songwriter|
|Associated acts||Toe Jam Puppet Band
The Damn Right Blues Band
Tom Hambridge and Buddy Guy
Sullivan began taking guitar lessons at age five. He has studied with Brian Cass of The Overclock Orchestra and the Toe Jam Puppet Band as well as Stan Belmarce. The first original song he wrote with Chris Waters was titled "Sing, Dance, Clap Your Hands". Sullivan first gained national media attention at age six when he appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. He garnered more attention when Buddy Guy asked him to come on stage and play during a performance at the Zeiterion Theater in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 2007.
Quinn has since performed on stage with Guy as well as with B.B. King and has played in venues such as the Beacon Theatre in New York City, the Orpheum Theatre in Boston, and Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago. In 2008, Sullivan appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and was featured on NBC's The Today Show in July 2009. In 2009, Sullivan opened for Buddy Guy on his East Coast tour during the summer, played his own set at the summer music festival Lollapalooza, as well as the Austin City Limits Festival in October. In 2011, he appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show.
Sullivan made a guest appearance on Buddy Guy's Grammy-nominated album Skin Deep, released in 2008. His solo can be heard on the track “Who's Gonna Fill Those Shoes." His single, "Summer of Love," was released in 2009. Quinn released his debut album, Cyclone, in February 2011. He went on tour in the summer of 2011 with Buddy Guy to promote his album. In the fall of 2011 Quinn played such venues as Austin City Limits Music Festival and BB King's Blues Club in New York City.
On January 16, 2014, Quinn returned to The Ellen DeGeneres Show to perform "She Gets Me" from his album "Getting There". He was given the first 60th Anniversary Stratocaster, signed by Ellen herself.
Quinn plays Fender guitars and amps including Fender Stratocasters, Bassmans and Twin Reverbs live, but in the studio uses all different varieties of guitars, pedals and amps. Quinn also plays out of a Buddy Guy signature Chicago Blues Box Amp. Quinn's effects include an Ibanez Tube Screamer, a Buddy Guy signature Dunlop Wah Wah Pedal, and a Boss Tuner Pedal. Quinn also has a Gibson ES-335 that he received as a gift on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in 2006.
- 2011: Cyclone
- 2013: Getting There
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