Vocalist Stacy Sullivan grew up in Oklahoma, the seventh of eight children in a wildly musical family, where she began performing in venues across the south and midwest at the age of five. Graduating Cum Laude from Tulsa University with her degree in Music, she left home to follow her musical and acting dreams in Los Angeles.
She appeared in numerous film, commercial, and television projects in Hollywood, (memorably creating the role of Sissel Jorgensen on the award-winning series, “Christy,” starring Tyne Daly) but career took a backseat to children for many years, leading her to keep the musical drive alive by recording five, critically acclaimed, self-produced albums.
With a move to New York in 2012, career dreams took flight in the creation of “It’s a Good Day-A Tribute to Miss Peggy Lee,” the live show and recording that would change her life. Stephen Holden, of The New York Times referred to her performance as “Spellbinding,” Darkly Sultry,” and “Compelling.” Clive Davis of The Times (London) wrote, “A commanding, willowy presence, Sullivan captures that rare combination of vulnerability and worldliness.”
“On the Air,” the show she wrote and performs for Piano Jazz creator, Marian McPartland, caught the eye (and ear) of legendary radio personality and music connoisseur Jonathan Schwartz, who presented it to New York City at WNYC’s “The Greene Space,” which led to a run at The York Theatre in Manhattan and the recording, “Stranger in a Dream.” The Wall Street Journal called it “Cabaret for Thinking People,” and The New York Times raved, “Sullivan transports you to a twilight zone of wistful reflection that recalls the dreamier side of Peggy Lee.”
“Since You’ve Asked,” her most personal live musical offering, is a meteorologically themed family history spanning several decades, described by The New York Times in April 2015 as “Thrilling,” “Audacious,” “Spellbinding,” and “Stretching cabaret into previously unexplored territory.”
Numerous awards, including The MAC Award (2015) for “Major Artist,” The Nightlife Award (2014) for “Best Female Vocalist, and The Lamott Friedman Award for “Best Recording” for “It’s a Good Day-A Tribute to Miss Peggy Lee” give her the opportunity to tour the world with her band, as well as in a duo setting with Piano Jazz Host and Famed Pianist, Jon Weber.
“Stacy Sullivan embraces a room and reveals herself with a sincerity every other singer could learn from…a beautiful, melodic voice, warm phrasing…a refreshing treat, unblemished and tender.”
– John Hoglund, Backstage
“STACY SULLIVAN POSSESSES ONE OF THE MOST SENSUAL, SMOKY ALTOS I’VE EVER HAD THE PLEASURE OF HEARING… THERE IS NOT A SINGLE TRACK THAT DOES NOT DISPLAY HER STAMP OR HER JOY.”
– Jonathon Frank, Sound Advice
“BEYOND THE BLONDE BOND, SHARED GRACE UNITES THESE LADIES.”
– Rob Lester, Cabaret Scenes Magazine
“STACY SULLIVAN BRINGS SUCH A SENSE OF WONDER AND COMMITMENT TO THE CLASSICS THAT YOU CAN FORGET ANY POSSIBILITY OF THEM SOUNDING TIRED OR SHOPWORN.”
– Peter D. Harris, Amazon.com
“I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE NEW STACY SULLIVAN CD ‘WEST ON 40.’ I THINK EVERYTHING ABOUT IT IS GREAT – HER VOICE, HER PERFORMANCE, THE CHOICE OF MATERIAL, THE ARRANGEMENTS, THE PRODUCTION… FANTASTIC. IT’S JUST SITTING IN MY CD PLAYER, ACCOMPANYING ME BACK AND FORTH TO NY. SHE HAS A NEW FAN.”
– Stephen Schwartz, “Wicked”
“A VOICE SCENTED WITH HONEY AND ORANGE BLOSSOMS.”
– Polly Warfield, Back Stage West
Explore the CD recordings featuring Stacy Sullivan:
“It’s a Small Town” is a refreshingly contemporary treatment of mostly standards along with a handful of new songs that can stand most proudly alongside the older and more venerated songs.
Although romantic love is the theme of most of these songs, it’s Stacy’s sense of yearning in her voice, that vulnerability and longing that line her vocals that touches and moves the listener.
The CD could almost be subtitled “Country Goes Broadway/ Hollywood” as the majority of the songwriters represented on this disc constitute the heavyweight composers of mid and slightly later 20th century American popular song who worked the east and west coast vineyards: Rodgers, Hart, Porter, Berlin, Weill, Mancini.
Though blessed with a lyric coloratura and trained with a degree in music, Stacy’s voice has no hint of the diva or the academy. She sings honestly, from her heart, without histrionics and the unnecessary pyrotechnics, paying attention to the lyrics and allowing the stories to speak for themselves. It’s clear that her heart and voice are firmly planted on the street corners of Williams and Berlin (that is to say, Hank and Irving.)