Whilst the last few years have been challenging they’ve also been a blessing for former forensic police crime scene investigator Kevin Sullivan and his performing, travelling family, The Sulli-Vans.
Kevin, his wife/tour manager Belinda and their three young children son KJ (11 now 13), daughter Cha-Cha (9 now 11) and son Jet (5 now 7) hit the road in November 2020. They’ve since travelled over 120,000 kms and performed over 200 shows across Australia AND performed on national television, auditioning for the inaugural The Voice: Generations.
Whilst the chairs didn’t turn, the family loved performing for the judges and studio/national audiences. The Sulli-Vans continue to be overwhelmed by the love and support they receive from old and new fans alike. An untelevised highlight from the audition was the performance of Kevin’s original track, ‘Outback Australia’ requested by country music super-star judge Keith Urban.
“What you have just showed us right there, is the epitome of what this show is about, your beautiful Australian family spirit was so present and gorgeous!” Keith Urban – The Voice: Generations
To watch ‘The Voice: Generations’ audition CLICK HERE
When The Sulli-Vans set off on tour, they did so in style… in the purpose-built, sponsored Sunland Off Road Caravans family vehicle aptly named the ‘Sulli-Van’. As the kids initially started singing with dad at their local church in Gerringong NSW and made their stage debut at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in January 2020; the natural progression of performing every night on tour wasn’t a surprise to anyone.
The ‘Sulli-Van Tour’ started in Queensland, and they have since taken their music to communities and towns across New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria, Northern Territory & Western Australia. From casinos to roadhouses to caravan parks and house concerts they’ve performed in Cape York, The Kimberleys and at iconic festivals such as The Man From Snowy River Bush Festival in Corryong, Victoria and the Drovers Camp Festival in Camooweal, Mt Isa, Queensland and most recently the Nambung Country Music Muster (Western Australia) where they received a standing ovation from over 2000 people.
In 2021, The Sulli-Vans were featured on Channel 7’s The Morning Show WATCH HERE and in The Daily Telegraph READ HERE
Whilst on the ‘Sulli-Van Tour’, the children undertook Distance Education, and all agreed there was more work than their regular schooling. The Sulli-Vans have since returned home but not for long as they resume tour life once again, returning to The Man From Snowy River Festival, Corryong Vic, then on to the Back O’ Bourke Easter Festival (Western NSW) before heading to the 50th Anniversary of the Tamworth Country Music Festival in April and performing at The Big Country Festival in Berry in May. and will continue to tour across NSW, SA and VIC performing at Festivals and ticketed shows for the rest of the year.
The travelling family continue to wow audiences in 2023, following the much anticipated release in 2022 of “The Sulli-Vans” album 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” album was added to the family’s schedule after they were inundated with requests for recorded music after each live show.
The Sulli-Vans were featured on Studio10 Breakfast Show co-hosted by Sarah Harris and Tristan MacMahon singing a LIVE version of their new single from their Album ‘Sounds of Then (This is Australia)’ WATCH HERE
In addition to the family album, Kevin continues to work on his second solo album with the working title of “Three Ways” which will feature The Sulli-Vans, along with a children’s album which will feature a re-recorded version of his award-winning single ‘Outback Australia’ featuring the now famous, family harmonies – due for release in 2023.