About Brie Sullivan
Have you ever felt the palpable energy in a room when a musician truly opens up? The crowd quiets to a hush, the hair on the back of your neck bristles with electricity, and you can feel that every single pair of eyes is riveted to the performer on stage. Brie Sullivan is one of those sincere performers who draws an audience in with her unique blend of sweet powerful vocals and poetic honesty. Brie has been captivating New England crowds for the last decade with her carefully crafted songs, which are equal parts pain and hope.
Brie’s unique sound, contemporary folk tinged with elements of jazz, bluegrass, and indie rock, appeals to a wide audience. There is love for the lovers, dreams for the dreamers, a bright side for the down-trodden, a dark side for the up-trodden, a sweet ballad for your mother, a rock anthem for your father, and a boatload of sass for you and yours. Whatever the flavor, all of Brie’s songs are dressed in passion.
With the turn of the new year Brie has embarked on a new musical chapter. After spending eight years playing with a large cast of wonderfully talented musicians (notably Zach Root and Eric Lee), Brie is returning to the stage as a solo artist. She found her way on colt legs at age fifteen as a solo performer, and a decade later, returns to the simplicity and power held by one voice and one instrument.
For the singer/songwriter the journey back to the stage has been arduous. She battled depression while enduring a split of her longtime duo, The 50 Ways and moving from her established music scene of Lowell, Massachusetts. This tectonic shifting of Brie’s landscape caused her to question whether she still had a place in music. Then, in the Spring of 2008, Brie lost a good friend and musical peer, Andrea Coller to Hodgkins Lymphoma. Devastated, angry, and inspired by Andrea’s tenacious spirit, Brie returned to her home between the lines and notes. As she re-evaluated her priorities and chose to fight for her art, she put pen to paper and sang songs of wanting, loss, toxic relationships, and most importantly hope. Within several weeks, Brie had penned the bulk of her upcoming album Quench.
Quench is a collection of songs, raw with lonely optimism, that is sewn together with scraps of sound from our ordinary lives and extraordinary memories. It is a melancholy ballad being sung to a thinning sidewalk crowd at dusk and a nostalgic radio-hall era shuffle wafting in from the sea; it is an album whose edges are perforated by optimism. From pensive to outraged to playful, Brie’s voice conveys truth and tells our common stories with a unique slant and twist of phrase. Quench, a volume for the thirsty, is due out in Fall 2010. In the meantime you can hear Brie playing her fingers bloody and singing to the rafters on stages, in fields, and on street corners near you.
In her past musical adventures Brie released the independent albums "Girl-Made Wings," "Edges," and "Metropolitan Gadabouts." She has also performed with Gavin Degraw and Mary Lou Lord as well as Toots and The Maytals. During her time with The 50 Ways she had the honor of sharing the stage with artists such as Edie Carey, Flora Reed of The Winterpills, and Erin Mckeown.
During her 2006-2007 residency at the Eggroll Café in Lowell, MA with former duo, The 50 Ways, Brie blossomed not just as a musician, but as a performer, inspiring sing-alongs and telling stories every step of the way. The lovely friends and owners of the Eggroll Café had these kind words to say about Brie:
"Brie Sullivan has been a long time performer at the Eggroll Cafe. Don't be fooled by her small frame, cause her voice is as big and strong as the music she plays and lyrics she sings. All jokes aside, when Brie Sullivan begins to sing, her voice sounds so honest and sincere that it commands the attention of the audience."