Monday, May 12, 2008

Local guitar prodigy ready to rock Oprah

May 12, 2008

NEW BEDFORD — He's a seasoned guitarist who already has performed on national television and alongside blues legend Buddy Guy.
Now Quinn Sullivan is ready for his next stop: the Oprah Winfrey Show.
Not too shabby for someone who won't even be old enough to vote for nearly a decade.
"I don't really get stage fright. I just get up there and do it," said 9-year-old Quinn, a New Bedford resident who will perform today on Oprah.
This isn't the talented third-grader's first brush with daytime television.
At the age of 6, he brought down the house on the Ellen DeGeneres Show with his powerful rendition of the Beatles classic "Twist and Shout."
"His guitar is almost part of him," said his father, Terry Sullivan, noting that his son's love for music began when he was just a toddler.
"We would go watch the Toe Jam Puppet band perform at Buttonwood Park every single Monday."
That Toe Jam fan has since evolved into an accomplished guitarist, singer, songwriter and recording artist.
"It was just something that he naturally gravitated towards," Mr. Sullivan, who is a drummer with the Pearly Baker Band, a local favorite.
"Quinn lets me play backup for him," Mr. Sullivan said, laughing.
"I like playing with adults," said Quinn, who lists Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix among his inspirations. "I can see myself doing this for a long time."
Having recently recorded his first single, "Sing, Dance and Clap Your Hands!" with his band "A Day in the Life," Quinn also will be featured on Buddy Guy's new CD set to be released this summer.
The Oprah Winfrey Show will air today at 4 p.m. on ABC.
At a glance
Guitarist Quinn Sullivan, 9, of New Bedford, will appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show. The episode airs today at 4 on ABC.


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