Quinn Sullivan

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Quinn Sullivan
Quinn Sullivan at Buddy Guy's Legends in January 2013
Background information
Born (1999-03-26) March 26, 1999 (age 19)
Origin New Bedford, Massachusetts, United States
Genres Blues, pop, rock
Occupation(s) Musician and songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active 2006–Present
Labels SuperStar Records, Mascot Label Group/Provogue
Associated acts Toe Jam Puppet Band
The Damn Right Blues Band
Tom Hambridge
Buddy Guy
Website http://www.quinnsullivanmusic.com/

Quinn Sullivan (born March 26, 1999) is an American singer and guitarist from New Bedford, Massachusetts, United States.


Sullivan began taking guitar lessons at age three. 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.[1][2]

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[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] 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.

In April 2013, Quinn Sullivan played at Madison Square Garden with his mentor Buddy Guy during the first night of the 2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival.[6][7] That same year, he sat in with The Roots on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon[8], and was the musical guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.[9]

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 DeGeneres.[10]

Midnight Highway, Sullivan's 2017 release, peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Top Blues Albums Chart.[11]


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.[12] Quinn also has a Gibson ES-335 that he received as a gift on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in 2006.[13]



  • 2011: Cyclone
  • 2013: Getting There
  • 2017: Midnight Highway[14]


  1. ^ Daley, Lauren (August 3, 2007). "Jerry Lee Lewis knocks 'em dead at the 'Z'". SouthCoastToday. Retrieved August 8, 2013. Opening for Mr. Lewis was 8-year-old boy wonder Quinn Sullivan, New Bedford’s guitar prodigy who played with Buddy Guy at the “Z” in April and who has also performed on the Ellen DeGeneres show. 
  2. ^ Cuddy, Don (April 16, 2007). "8-year old guitarist jams with Buddy Guy at 'Z". SouthCoastToday.com. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ Gonet, Sarah (May 12, 2008). "Local guitar prodigy ready to rock Oprah". New Bedford Standard Times. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Singh, Amrit (April 28, 2009). "2009 Austin City Limits Line-Up Offers Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, Beastie Boys In Case You Missed Them The First Time". Stereogum.com. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Quinn Sullivan". AllMusic. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ Doyle, Patrick (April 23, 2013). "Quinn Sullivan, 14-Year-Old Blues Prodigy, Impresses the Masters". Rolling Stone Music. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013". NYDailyNews.com. p. 12. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  8. ^ "PR Single - Online PR Media". Onlineprnews.com. Retrieved 10 July 2018. 
  9. ^ "Quinn Sullivan Brings Down The House On The Tonight Show With Jay Leno". Superstarrecords.com. 27 August 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2018. 
  10. ^ "Quinn Sullivan Performs 'She Gets Me'". YouTube.com. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Blues Music: Top Blues Albums Chart". Billboard.com. Retrieved 10 July 2018. 
  12. ^ "Buddy Guy Picks 12 Year-Old Quinn Sullivan To Fill His Blues Shoes". Guitarplayer.com. Retrieved 10 July 2018. 
  13. ^ "On the radar: Quinn Sullivan". Musicradar.com. Retrieved 10 July 2018. 
  14. ^ "Quinn Sullivan - Album Discography - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 July 2018. 

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