IAA SPOTLIGHT: GET TO KNOW – SULLIVAN – TENNESSEE’S HOTTEST STAR!

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Sullivan is a Knoxville, TN native born to Jacob and Gale Brown, an accountant and school teacher. His family has always been his biggest supporters, influencing him to study music and art. Growing up he was influenced by an extremely wide range of music from Broadway, pop, R&B, country, to punk rock.  After having the opportunity to attend college in Costa Rica his musical influences expanded more with his new found love for Spanish and reggae music. He graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a B.A. in Spanish and a B.S. in Business, where he also became a brother of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. He attributes his fraternity for teaching him to sing with style, soul, grace, and expression. Sullivan has had the privilege of opening up for several named artists including Verse Simmonds, August Alsina, and J.Holiday. He has also sung the national anthem at several sporting events including the Harlem Globetrotters. His last music video #winning helped expand his online presence tremendously after it was featured on WorldStarHipHop.com receiving over 40,000 views in less than two days!!! Sullivan is an actor, singer, dancer, and song writer but if he had to choose one he’d choose song-writing because that is his true passion. He writes 100% of his music, so if he sang it, he wrote it. His most recent mixtape, Talkin’ Dirty, gives you a glimpse into his life and journey for the past two years. This mixtape is his testimony of his ups and downs. The message that he wants people to know is that no matter what people may say about you or how terrible life can make you feel there is always a positive in everything. From the lyrics of his song #Winning “Cant nothing hold me back, I’m always watching my back, in case of enemy of attack, yea it’s like that cause I’m still winning.”

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?

SULLIVAN: I was born and raised in Knoxville, TN. So you already know I represent the 865 all day every day! All though I’m from Tennessee, I’ve lived in South Carolina, Georgia, and Costa Rica. I’ve traveled all over the United States and many countries throughout Latin America, which is why I feel my music is so diverse. The places I’ve been, the people I meet, and my life experiences are all what inspires my music!

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?

SULLIVAN: It was my brother who first discovered I had musical talent when he noticed I knew the choreography to my favorite music videos. Growing up I sang in my church and various other choirs at school. I also learned how to play the piano, clarinet, and saxophone. At 15 my mother enrolled me in voice lessons under former American Idol contestant Angel Lea Higgs, who currently is a song writer for hit TV show Empire, Timberland, Ledisi, and Anthony Hamilton. After only a few months of training I went on to win my high school talent show, which gave me the confidence to better craft my talents by taking dance and acting classes as well. I was also in a rap/r&b group where I wrote and sang the hooks, but we split up. The break up was a blessing in disguise because as a solo artist I discovered my true passion, song-writing.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?

SULLIVAN: Writing songs is my outlet and the way I express myself. I’ve had some major emotional lows in my life and writing songs about my experiences has literally saved me! Many people have thanked me for making music because it has uplifted and inspired them as well. If nothing else I just want my fans to know that no matter your situation you too can succeed. Where you’ve been doesn’t define who you are, just let it motivate you to get where you’re going. I would love to share my message with audiences all over the world to help inspire others NEVER to give up. That is why recording and releasing my music is so important.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?

SULLIVAN: My songs have a wide variety of meanings behind them. I never go into writing with a story in mind. I always write what I’m feeling, whether it’s about being freaky on the dance floor, not letting the haters get you down, or just getting out of a bad relationship. As a song-writer all I can do is be true to myself and tell my story through my music. In the past 2 years I had to recover from over 7 surgeries due to illnesses. I remember feeling as if I was useless or as if I was being punished because of the mistakes I had made in my past. I was at a very dark place in my life. So one day I got tired of feeling sorry for myself and I got up out of bed and wrote one of my favorite songs on my new mixtape called “Pain.” This song was written to inspire people going through illness not to give up and to be triumphant!

On the flipside, I’m a very energetic and fun person and my music reflects that. As a dancer I love up-tempo tracks so I tend to make a lot of songs for the club scene. I’m also a very sexual person! I tend to write about sex the most. Let’s just be honest, we all love sex and we all are either having it or thinking about having it. If you watch my new music video “Boom in da Bedroom/Talkin Dirty” you’ll get a little preview of the baby makin’ music on my album!

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?

SULLIVAN: My musical influences range from “that’s my jam turn that up” to “don’t tell anybody I listen to that.” All jokes aside, it would literally take me all day to tell you all the artists that influence me. I love all types of music; pop, country, R&B, hip-hop, blues etc. I was heavily inspired by the artists who also dance like Usher, TLC, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Michael and Janet Jackson. Tyrese was the vocalist who I inspired to sing like as a child. As a matter of fact, I used to perform his songs in all the talent shows. Other vocalists include Pleasure P, Brian McKnight, and Eric Benet. I’m huge fan of country and reggae music as well because of the stories told in the lyrics. Mariah Carey is my biggest influence, as a song writer, because she writes all of her own music on top of having a powerful voice. I studied in Costa Rica, my 2nd home. I learned to speak Spanish and learned how to do Latin American dances like Bachata, Merengue, Salsa, Cha Cha, etc. In that process I fell in love with all types of Spanish music as well, especially Reggaeton; Don Omar, Wisin y Yandel, Prince Royce, and Romeo Santos to name a few. If you listen to my mixtape you’ll hear a few Spanish influenced songs like “Being Freaky.”

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?

SULLIVAN: I would describe my music as entertaining. My music is intended to make people feel good, whether if it’s an escape or just a few words of encouragement. My goal is to get the fluids pouring out your body. Tears or other sensual body fluids, I don’t care I’ll accept either one! Even though you may hear me singing on top of R&B or hip-hop beats, I was heavily influenced by pop music. So everything I write tends to be catchy. I make them anthems that you can’t get out of your head. I love it because whenever I perform my songs halfway through it the crowd knows the words and start singing along, which is an energy rush like no other.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?

SULLIVAN: My stage presence is one thing that definitely makes me stand out from the rest! I naturally know how to get the crowd involved and give the fans a good time! I’ve had the privilege of being the opening act for J. Holiday, Verse Simmonds, and August Alsina. If you go on youtube.com/sexysullivanmusic you can actually see my performance of my song #winning where within 20 seconds of the performance the entire crowd was up out of their seat standing right in front of the stage dancing, getting crunk, and singing along with me. I’m extremely hands on with my music and have a remarkable work ethic. I write my own songs, I come up with my own treatments and storylines for my music videos, I make my own choreography. I’m educated with 2 degrees one in Spanish the other in marketing. I’m an actor and dancer, and I do this because I love it, not for the glory or money! But what really makes me stand out from other artists is the fact that I’m honest in my music. I use my music as my way of coping and hope that it can be used to inspire or entertain listeners.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in you music career and how did you overcome?

SULLIVAN: 3 years ago I woke up with a frog in my throat, the same day of a big performance. After that show I became extremely hoarse and had completely lost my singing voice. Come to find out, I had a cyst on my vocal chords causing chronic hoarseness. Instead of feeling sorry for myself, I fought! I learned how to sing with my voice being in that condition which resulted in me developing my own style that people have come to love. The condition has since been resolved after surgery and I’m thanking God for allowing me to recover and to still have my ability not only to sing but to speak as well. I encourage all singers out there to continuously get their voices checked medically just an athlete would get physicals, to prevent any permanent damage.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you’re currently working on?

SULLIVAN: Right now I’m currently promoting my new mixtape “Talkin Dirty.” I just released my new music video “Boom In Da Bedroom/Talkin Dirty.” Be on the lookout for my upcoming music videos for “Bad Girl” “Too Late” and “Pain” which are all on youtube.com/sexysullivanmusic I’m writing new material for my upcoming EP titled “Naked.” I’m the choreographer for a musical stage play in which I’m also the leading actor. I’m directing various pageants and I’m modeling as well. This Spring I will be launching the Sexy Sullivan merchandise line starting with shades.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

SULLIVAN: I just want to take my musical career to next level by going on tour, selling my merchandise, and getting a major recording contract. 10 years from now I will have established myself as a major recording artist and song writer around the world. I will have launched my own artist development company and record label, developed several charities and foundations, graduated from law school, and most importantly I will continue to love and support my daughter Samariah, making her debut this June!

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?

SULLIVAN:

www.SexySullivanMusic.com

www.youtube.com/SexySullivanMusic

www.facebook.com/SexySullivanMusic

www.Instagram.com/jsullivanbrown

Download Sullivan’s mixtapes “Talkin Dirty” and “Invisible” FREE at www.datpiff.com/profile/sexysullivan

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249 COMMENTS

  1. I love how you think! You have a bright future ahead of u and can’t wait to see and hear what’s next from the sexy Sullivan brand!!! Your bread and butter is your songwriting and live performances I can see why u taking Tennessee by storm. Keep pushing!

  2. Sullivan is a talented young artist! I’m a huge fan and I cant wait to see his music career go even bigger! Congrats on the spotlight!

  3. I’m so honored to be the spotlight artist! Thanks to everyone involved in getting me this opportunity! My music means everything to me and I’m glad to have the chance to share it with the world! Check out all my music videos at youtube.com/sexysullivanmusic

  4. Very inspiring article. I haven’t heard his music before but I’m most definitely going to listen. Pain seems like a song I would love to hear.

  5. OMG………This interview is so professional;you can tell by the artist he is well manned,on-topic,focused & determined to be the “Next Big Thing” in music. As a fan of music,that’s what we look for; putting heart,soul,and determination as we connect the artist’s music. But as an aspiring artist; I see the passion,will,strength and excitement through this artist’s eyes. Saying “No one can still my thunder;No one can hold me back,and No one can stop me from achieving the goals I set. As fans or even a fellow artist;that’s what role-model we need in today’s society.

  6. Sullivan is a great artist, being a hot up coming music group. ourselves we only look to work with the best, and he fits the criteria, he’s very talented, diversity/originality is everything and he has that – SelfishWays

  7. This is awesome Justin. You are definitely a superstar is my eyes! This was an awesome article. Keep doing what you do and shoot for the stars!

  8. Wow Justin. We always knew you had in it you to be successful. You strived each and everyday working non stop just to excel to this professional position you are now in. I can only see you flying higher then any star from this point on. The time is now. Step into your call of greatness. Show them why your the best

  9. I love you Sullivan and I also love your music!!! Bad Girl was one of my favorites!! Thank you letting me dance one the Bad Girl video!! Can’t wait to see your next project!!!

  10. I can truly see the essence of who you are through your words! Just knowing that an artist with such amazing and diverse talents came from my home town makes me truly proud of my city and gives me faith that any dream can be made a reality as long as you put in the work and you are living proof of it!

  11. What an inspiring artist! Such passion and love for the music he creates. Can’t wait to see what he does next!!

  12. With millions of songs being promoted on the internet it’s easy to get overwhelmed with it all but Sullivan is that artist that make you stop, put your media player on repeat and just enjoy the vibe his music I unique but still have that right now feel. I could go on and on so I will just say google him and let your ears be the judge!

  13. So proud of my son! He has been working vigorously toward his dreams since he was 15 and seeing how far he has come makes me a proud father!

  14. Justin Sullivan is a dedicated artist committed to his craft.
    As a performer myself, I understand his love for the stage and it shows in his high energy performances.

    Best of luck, love!

  15. It is great seeing you on here Sullivan!! I’ve always loved your music and “Bad Girl” was another big step that was very nicely done. You have a raw talent for music and a good face for it. Your presence alone is enough to get the fans going. I’m proud to say I’ve supported you when you first started, because I know you’re gonna be a big hitter!! Look at all the comments you’ve gotten already! You’re doing it man, keep it much.

    Best Regards,

    Jay Spike Smith
    AkA Mr. 2Turn’t©
    @turntuphabitat
    Turn’t Up Habitat™

  16. Sullivan is a hard working artist all his life!!! Love da article they wrote about U!! I love ur positive mind frame!! Keep working hard because U r going to da top!!!!

  17. His music is dope and he is a cool, humble person! My group Natural Habitz is looking forward to collabing with him real soon! He is incredibly talented!!!

  18. Been following this guy for awhile now and I have to say I’m impressed to be hearing good talent.

  19. When first met Justin, I was impressed at his professional manner. When I talked to him further, I realized that his he had passion for everything that he’sinvolved in! I also realized, this was my little brother from another Mother!

    I was then introduced to his music and I knew I was correct upon meeting this lil guy, He’s a winner! Love his music, style and the brand he’s putting together!

    I’m looking forward to seeing him meet and exceed all that he is striving for, and he will…

  20. I love listening to Justin’s music and watching his videos. Justin is such a smart artist. Everyone has their ups and downs and I love that Justin can sing about his. I am so proud of Justin. Keep doing what you love Justin.

  21. I’m so blessed to have met u through my daughter…We are family now and I encourage u to continue to follow ur dreams…Samariah will always love u for setting that example!

  22. Digging the music!!!!! Been listening to Sullivan since 2010 and I’m most definitely proud of you for the progression you’ve shown as an artist. Many Blessings are headed your way. Stay focused, grind, and keep God first.

  23. Sullivan is a up and coming young artist with flavor! I have Sullivan go through many ups and downs throughout his life, singing as well as personal. Keep up the great work cousin. I know mama gale is proud.

    • Yes, Stan, I’m so proud of my son!!! Hoping that his dream will come true for him!!! He has worked so hard n I’m praying that it’s going to happen!! Luv U!!

  24. I know you’ve been doing your thing for a minute but I like the way you reinvent yourself. You make music for everybody.

  25. it took me a while to read this but I’m glad I took the time to get to know you a little better. I can’t wait for the next album and your music videos be on point!

  26. This young man is so full of talent and takes his skills in music so serious. He is always working to be better than the day before and it was great to see this article spotlighting him.

  27. I would like to personally thank everyone who has read this article and commented!!!! You all’s support means the world to me!!! I feel blessed & honored to have each & every one of you guys our wishing and praying for the best of me!!!I humbly again wanna say thank you!
    -Sullivan

  28. He has such a bright future and as a music artist myself it’s rad to see others progressing in their talents. I enjoy how he conveys his emotions and his life through what God gave him to do so with! Don’t let the haters get you off your grind bro!

  29. His talent is undeniable. Talkin Dirty is my ish it’s literally what I’m going through right now! Sullivan lyrics are the truth!

  30. I’m not at all surprised by the success of Justin. I’ve known him since he was in elementary school and he’s always had a big heart and a passion for life. I’m so excited to see what he’s accomplished and can’t wait to see him make his dreams come true! Way to go Justin!!!! I hope you’ll remember us when you’re a big star!

  31. Congratulations on making the Spotlight. This was a wonderful article, which included the discovery of your gifts and talents. You are focused with the right attitude. Wishing you all the best with much success for a promising future and career. May the LORD bless and keep you as you move forward.

  32. Justin talents are far and above then a lot of upcoming artists. He really puts the time and energy into his music which makes him stand out by himself. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK JUSTIN!!!

  33. Just stumbled across this article and read most of it. so now I’m about to actually check out his music bc it seems interesting

  34. I heard about you thru a mutual friend, I am definitely impressed already. be on the lookout for this artist mark my words!

  35. Good job Justin I am truly a fan of your music ever since we met way back in underground. Wow you have came a long way and keep up the good work. I always knew you would exceed in music, because of the passion and love that you showed for it. Congrats on making it on Spotlight! It only gets better from here!

  36. Your song invisible has always been my favorite. And I love your lyrics. It’s hard to find artists who can write and sing their own songs. Keep it up!!

  37. Reading all these nice posts about my music brings tears to my eyes! This has been a very humbling experience & I thank each and every one of you for the love and support!!! #SexySullivanMusic

  38. Sullivan makes music that everyone can relate to. I’ve been a fan of his for a long time and I only see big things for him and his future.

  39. Ha! I’ll get to say, “yep, he used to sing karaoke with me! Me and him are TIGHT!” lol
    Congrats my friend! I’ll be cheering for ya! You are a great talent and I wish you the best1

  40. This guy is one of the most talented dudes I know. His creativity is undeniable. Just listen to his lyrics. #WorkSullivanWork

  41. phenomenal artist….he writes all his music which you dont see to much of these days! I have nothing but respect for Sullivan and I can’t wait to hear more music and see more videos!

  42. I love the fact that he is so truthful with his music and expressed some of his adversities in this article! Sullivan continue using your talents to inspire people and remember to always stay humble!

  43. I had no idea you was even a singer but obviously the surprise is on me bc you’re amazing congratulations on the article

  44. I’ve known Sullivan for about a year now he’s always been very dedicated and motivational to everyone which shows in his music!

  45. I’ve seen all yo videos and I honestly think if music doesn’t work out for you then you could have a career as a film maker or play write!!! Sullivan you’re one talented individual keep it up

  46. He has a great voice, amazing lyrics, dance moves, and he got the sexy looks!!! I think we’re witnessing a star on the rise!!!

  47. I can’t believe people are still commenting on this article and the amount is overwhelming!!! Thank you guys so much for supporting me I’ll never forget this!!!!

  48. Sullivans skills as a songwriter are pro-level and continue to grow. He is the only local artist that will have you singing his songs long after you’ve heard them.

  49. Just watched the new inspiring video for Pain and I have to admit Sullivan never ceases to surprise me with his talents! Keep doing your thang young man.

  50. I just dropped my new music video for my single Pain, the ballad I discuss in the article, everyone please take a few min and watch! It’s my most heart felt song yet! Thanks for the support everyone!!!!

  51. the time has come for R&B to come back… I first heard about u when you opened for Verse Simmonds in Knox…I’m glad you still in the game!

  52. my kids are listening to you during class..i have to tell them to put it up but I watch your videos on my break! keep making music

  53. I read the article even though it took me forever! you got a good support group, keep up the good work and don’t forget where you came from!

  54. congrats on your daughter it just dawned on me after reading the article she coming! children are a blessing and will motivate you to do great things.

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