Kevin Sullivan has packed a lot into the last seven years with the major switch from Police Forensic Crime Scene Investigator to award-winning eclectic singer-songwriter with a music career spanning the last two decades. A recent career highlight was when Kevin appeared along with his singing children, The Sulli-Vans on Channel 7’s, The Voice: Generations. They perform original music, characterised by great Australian storytelling, humour and love, along with memorable covers of iconic country, folk, alt country and contemporary music. They won hearts around the country when they appeared on The Voice Generations, with Keith Urban remarking, “your beautiful Australian spirit was so present and gorgeous”.
Kevin Sullivan is already acclaimed by audiences for his diverse sound and show, taking you on an unforgettable journey from traditional Ballad’s, to anthems and toe tapping line dancing. Sullivan usually writes and performs songs that relate to people, places and culture of Australia, particularly the outback. With influences including his Dad who was a Dixie Land Jazz Pianist, Paul Kelly, Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen and Johnny Cash.
Kevin Sullivans songs are about the stories and during his shows, the crowds hang off every word. Sullivan has a story like no other, as he describes walking through ‘rivers of blood’ as a former Police Forensic Crime Scene investigator, then transcends to whether you cut the ‘red’ or ‘blue’ wire as he defused bombs and headed up the Bomb Desk for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He even worked in Witness protection watching over both witnesses in major investigations to Presidents, Sultans, Heads of State and other dignitaries.
Sullivan toured Outback Australia during his time off with bands for over 18 years raising money for the Royal Flying Doctors. In 2018, Kevin’s song, “Outback Australia” was a finalist in the Southern Star Awards Mildura. These stories of real people, places and causes have inspired the singer songwriter in his music. One of these stories became a co-written duet with the legendary Bill Chambers – called ‘High Country Snows’, about the High Country Horsemen and the wild Brumbies. Sullivan’s song writing has received multiple awards, notably for his song ‘Pilgrimage’, which in 2022 won the Tamworth Songwriters Association Traditional Country Song of the Year.
The exciting evolution of the NSW South Coast singer/songwriter with his music and sound is evidenced by his Australian SULLI-VAN tours, where despite the Covid pandemic, Kevin took his family on the road in 2020/21 and since then has performed over 270 shows, travelling over 170,000 kilometres. The travelling family show continued to wow audiences with the release of “The Sulli-Vans” album (2022) featuring unique versions of the songs they perform on tour including much-loved Australian classics, country music and contemporary hits; Some of the highlights from the 14-track album include: ‘Down Under’ (Men At Work), ‘Coat Of Many Colours’ (Dolly Parton), ‘Sounds Of Then (This Is Australia)’ (Gang Gajang) and ‘The Two Of Us’ (Birds Of Tokyo). “The Sulli-Vans” are about to release Part Two in Dec 2023 after they have been inundated with requests for recorded music after each live show.
2024 will see Kevin and The Sulli-Vans continue to win the hearts of Australians with their live shows; setting the stage alight at ‘Blazes’ Auditorium, West Tamworth Leagues Club during the 2024 Tamworth Country Music Festival. In April alone they’ll perform to over 3,500 at the re-enactment at The Man from Snowy River Festival (VIC) and then Kevin will tour Australia launching his new original Album Threeways, later in the year which will be followed by an Album Tour. His much anticipated cowritten autobiography is also due for release in 2025.