"Beyond her skill, beauty and range as a singer, Christine Sullivan's most impressive attribute is her striking originality, uncontaminated by any self-conscious cleverness."
- John Shand (Sydney CD guide)
Christine Sullivan is one of the most gifted, accomplished, versatile, unique and contemporary vocalists in the Australian music industry. Christine has made four acclaimed albums, performed at major jazz venues and festivals around the country, and performs internationally.
Born in Tasmania, Christine Sullivan began her professional career singing folk, popular and original material in Hobart. After moving to Melbourne in 1986, Christine studied classical technique at Melba Conservatorium, and also worked with American soul, gospel and session vocalist, Venetta Fields.
Initially, Christine Sullivan attracted attention for her spine tingling vocals in the soul-R&B-style, with “In the Pocket", and with the band she subsequently formed, "Christine Sullivan’s Funk." But Christine Sullivan soon developed an interest in jazz, and has increasingly concentrated on performing her own distinctive versions of the jazz repertoire (including some songs not usually associated with jazz), at jazz venues, leading some of Australia’s finest jazz musicians.
While working at the legendary Limerick Arms in Melbourne in 1990, Christine was heard by British jazz legend Ronnie Scott, who was so impressed that he invited her to perform at his famous club in London. She performed there later that year, with Chico Freeman and Brainstorm and returned in 1992, opening for Chucho Valeds and Irakere.
Christine’s latest band comprises of current top-flight musicians who continue to push the boundaries.
"What sets Sullivan apart is her capacity for theatre and beguiling interpretation. Here is a combination of originality and profundity, and an uncanny ability to reach levels of luminous - at times transcendent - expression."
Leon Gettler (The Age, Here and Now CD review)
"Christine Sullivan is the real thing, and if she doesn't take the world by storm, I will be very surprised."
John Shand - Sydney Morning Herald