At age three Quinn was given a toy guitar for Christmas and it quickly became apparent he had a gift. Local musicians and media began to take notice. Then six years ago, legendary multi-Grammy™ winning blues guitarist Buddy Guy had a remarkable encounter when eight-year-old guitarist Quinn Sullivan joined him on stage. Guy was so taken with his incredible guitar skills that he became a mentor to the young musician, leading to invitations to play on his Grammy™ nominated album “Skin Deep” and tour with him nationally. His blistering solo on the record was the aptly titled ”Whose Gonna Fill Those Shoes?”
Quinn was soon being invited to perform at festivals and on local TV and radio programs. Sullivan has appeared on national television shows including Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Ellen, Oprah and The Today Show and was featured in Guitar Player and Guitar World magazines. He has been actively building his craft sharing stages nationally with Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang and BB King at iconic venues including the Hollywood Bowl, the Apollo Theater and the Beacon. Quinn received a major honor being the youngest artist to play the world renowned Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and will be performing at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival at Madison Square Garden in April, along with an all-star lineup. In 2013, Quinn’s appearances include performing with the Roots on Jimmy Fallon, a national CBS TV Interview, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and many more!
Now fourteen, Sullivan works brilliantly to answer that challenge on an all-new album on his new label, SuperStar Records of Nashville, set for release this spring. Produced and co-written with Grammy™, ASCAP and BMI award winner, Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy, Susan Tedeschi, BB King), the album will appeal to hard-core blues fans and rock aficionados and to fans craving authentic, guitar driven, grooves and melodies.
John Heithaus, managing partner of SuperStar Records, said: “Triple threat artists like Quinn are truly rare. He is a prime example of today’s new breed of songwriters, musicians and performers and we have high aspirations for him!” Legendary jazz guitarist John McLaughlin said: “He’s unbelievable … and he plays just like Jimi (Hendrix)!” Buddy Guy believes strongly in Quinn: “You don’t come across talent like this every day. People called Ray Charles a genius? I think you’ve got another one here.”
Here’s an interview from CBS from July, 2013: