McClain Sullivan
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McClain Sullivan

Brooklyn, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2006 | SELF | AFM

Brooklyn, New York, United States | SELF | AFM
Established on Jan, 2006
Band Alternative Soul

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Mar
31
McClain Sullivan @ Rockwood Music Hall

New York, New York, United States

New York, New York, United States

Jan
15
McClain Sullivan @ Rockwood Music Hall

New York, New York, United States

New York, New York, United States

Jan
10
McClain Sullivan @ The Stone Church

Newmarket, New Hampshire, United States

Newmarket, New Hampshire, United States

Dec
09
McClain Sullivan @ The Mint

Los Angeles, California, United States

Los Angeles, California, United States

Dec
08
McClain Sullivan @ Soda Bar

San Diego, California, United States

San Diego, California, United States

Dec
06
McClain Sullivan @ Boom Boom Room

San Francisco, California, United States

San Francisco, California, United States

Dec
05
McClain Sullivan @ Old Prince Landing

Half Moon Bay, California, United States

Half Moon Bay, California, United States

Nov
21
McClain Sullivan @ The Press Room

Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States

Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States

Nov
20
McClain Sullivan @ The Main Pub

Manchester, Connecticut, United States

Manchester, Connecticut, United States

Nov
13
McClain Sullivan @ The Dev

Utica, New York, United States

Utica, New York, United States

Nov
12
McClain Sullivan @ Funk 'N Waffles

Syracuse, New York, United States

Syracuse, New York, United States

Nov
05
McClain Sullivan @ Old Prince Landing

Half Moon Bay, California, United States

Half Moon Bay, California, United States

Oct
30
McClain Sullivan @ Radio Bean Coffeehouse

Burlington, Vermont, United States

Burlington, Vermont, United States

Oct
29
McClain Sullivan @ Maxwell's Tavern

Hoboken, New Jersey, United States

Hoboken, New Jersey, United States

Oct
24
McClain Sullivan @ Petra's Piano Bar & Cabaret

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

Oct
22
McClain Sullivan @ Berkeley Cafe

Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

Oct
19
McClain Sullivan @ The Middle East Corner Bar

Massachusetts, United States

Massachusetts, United States

Oct
17
McClain Sullivan @ The Monkey House

Winooski, Vermont, United States

Winooski, Vermont, United States

Oct
12
McClain Sullivan @ Funk 'N Waffles

Syracuse, New York, United States

Syracuse, New York, United States

Jul
11
McClain Sullivan @ The Living Room

New York, United States

New York, United States

Jul
06
McClain Sullivan @ Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Jul
04
McClain Sullivan @ Boom Boom Room

San Francisco, California, United States

San Francisco, California, United States

Jul
03
McClain Sullivan @ Boom Boom Room

San Francisco, California, United States

San Francisco, California, United States

Jun
27
McClain Sullivan @ Petra's Piano Bar & Cabaret

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

Jun
26
McClain Sullivan @ The Whiskey

Wilmington, North Carolina, United States

Wilmington, North Carolina, United States

Music

Press


"McClain Sullivan is an R&B and jazz singer with a forward-leaning take on music. Originally from the Pacific Northwest and now living in Brooklyn, she has a special way with songs on her self-released debut EP, Rachel." NPR David Dye World Cafe - NPR


“Combining John McLaughlin-esque jazz with simmering, boiling vocal intensity, McClain Sullivan channels the implosion of romantic relationship and resentment and regret (as well as hints of the good memories) into a percussive vocal delight (including some scatting!) that finds the lows of a relationship implosion without wallowing in self-pity. McClain Sullivan, we want to hear more fro you ASAP.” – BaebleMusic - Baeble Music


Brooklyn-based singer McClain Sullivan kicked off Friday’s Free at Noon doubleheader at World Cafe Live with a stunning display of vocal dexterity and charm. Though she’s not as well known as the afternoon’s second performer, City and Colour, Sullivan more than held her own, proving that she deserved to share a stage with such a big name.

Over the course of her six song set, Sullivan and her supporting four-piece band were able to play all but one track off her excellent debut LP Rachel. As she weaved her way through the album’s serene jazzy sounds, Sullivan dazzled with her incredible singing voice, expertly switching between a high-pitched whiny drawl and a rich, chocolatly bass. This became most apparent on funky tune “Happy Anniversary,” when she broke into a delightful scatting solo at the song’s climax, impersonating the deep voice of a lover before switching to her own falsettoed speech.

While her voice is undoubtedly her biggest attribute, Sullivan also had an amusing, if understated, stage presence. On “Daylight,” she lifted her lightly tattooed arms from her shiny white guitar, giving a sassy finger wag as she stubbornly reminisced about a failed romance (“I can’t begin to feel sorry for myself again / No, this is not another sob story”).

To close things out, Sullivan performed the peacefully somber final track on Rachel, “Tiny Boat,” setting the stage perfectly for City and Colour’s acoustic set. - The Key


"’Happy Anniversary’ is a storming track. It opens the album with the aggressive tenor of Ani DiFranco mixed with the swagger of Har Mar Superstar." - 1340 Mag - 1340 Mag


"Who knew that a seven track album– barely the length of your average television program– could serve as such an immaculately sounding musical composition? Well, it has, and should surely catapult McClain Sullivan into a well deserved, wider spectrum of musical fame. Be on the lookout for this beaut of an album- the elegant Sullivan can only go up from here, and her future surely seems bright." - Elmore Magazine - Elmore Magazine


Interview - Ghettoblaster Magazine


Discography

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Bio


 Born in Seattle, Washington, McClain Sullivan has an unwavering passion for making music.  Playing guitar and writing her own songs since the age of twelve, McClain attended the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, while developing her singular style.  " I could sing before I could talk," she says.  After moves to Vermont, New york, North Carolina, and Texas, she realized that New York was truly home, and moved back, settling in to make and play music in Brooklyn. 
 
  Line Up Magazine calls McClain 'a bona fide super talent, about the shake the musical community to the bone.'  She has been featured in Rolling Stone Italia, Nu Soul Magazine, and Crankbox.  A touring musician for 15 years, McClain has opened for The Roots, Talib Kweli, and Souls of Mischief, and played the Savannah Jazz Festival, Fillmore Jazz Festival, House of Blues and the Hammerstein Ballroom, among others. 

  McClain's versatile talent and singular voice shines in any genre; from hip-hop and funk, to classic jazz, to confessional acoustic indie.  She strives for honesty and genuine insight in her lyrics, with a broad spectrum of influences like Ani Difranco, Erykah Badu, and Sarah Vaughan.  Her songs address the gamut of human emotion, dismantling past relationships with savage precision, incisive humor and uncontainable soul. 

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