Title - Wide Awake
Artist - Quinn Sullivan
For those unaware, Quinn Sullivan is opening a new chapter of his already impressive career with the release of Wide Awake, his new full-length album, out June 4th via Mascot Label Group.
Just 21-years-old, the singer, songwriter, and guitarist has already toured the world, collaborated with rocks biggest legends, and developed genuinely jaw-dropping skills as a guitar player.
But now, as captured in the video for How Many Tears (see below), Sullivans more recent work has been with pen and paper, as he lets the abundant skills of his youth blossom and steer him into new directions of artistry and creativity.
How Many Tears is a reflection of how I was feeling about love and relationships back in high school, Quinn reveals. I had thought about myself during those times and I would see so many guys treating girls so horribly, so I never understood why those girls would always go after those types of guys.
I had never written a song about this subject before, but it just felt honest and comes from a very real and genuine place, which is why it is one of my favorite songs on the new album.
Trevor Banks, who directed the video, suggested we have an interpretive dancer come in to dance to the song as I was performing it.
We ended up finding Matilda Sakamoto, who was the absolute perfect dancer to fill that role. She brought so much life and emotion to not only the video but to the song.
1. All Around The World
2. Shes So Irresistible
3. How Many Tears
4. In A World Without You
5. Shes Gone (& She Aint Coming Back)
6. Baby Please
7. Real Thing
8. Youre The One
9. Wide Awake
10. Strawberry Rain
12. Keep Up
A rare artist who has always sounded older than his years, and someone who has been touring the world since he was 11-years-old, Sullivan opens this quite mesmerizingly earnestly fresh new album with the mid-tempo, joyously foot-tapping rocker All Around The World and the jangling guitar of Shes So Irresistible, backing those two up with the aforementioned Clapton-esque blues ballad How Many More Tears, the blues rocker In A World Without You, the beautiful, soulful ballad Shes Gone (& She Aint Coming Back) and then the Hammond-infused, mid-tempo ballad Baby Please.
Next up on this veritable musical spectrum of sounds we get the pop bounce of Real Thing and the foot-tapper Youre The One, which are in turn backed by the reaching rock of the title track Wide Awake, the funky guitar vibe of Strawberry Rain, with the album (sadly) rounding out on the sweet melodicism of Jessica, closing on the slow poke, front porch, dusk-imbibed ambiance of Keep Up.
Wide Awake showcases the kind of forward motion that separates the artists from the mere players. My new album really shows how I have grown over these last few years as an artist and as a human being.
I feel like I am finally stepping into new territory as a songwriter and discovering my sound a lot more. Like most artists, you always want to be learning, evolving and growing, and Oliver Leiber was the perfect producer and musical partner to work with.
For me, Wide Awake bridges the gap between me as a guitar player, vocalist and songwriter, and ties everything together into one album.
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