Born in Seattle, Washington, McClain Sullivan has an unwavering passion for making music. Playing guitar and writing her own songs since the age of twelve, McClain attended the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, while developing her singular style. " I could sing before I could talk," she says. After moves to Vermont, New york, North Carolina, and Texas, she realized that New York was truly home, and moved back, settling in to make and play music in Brooklyn.
Line Up Magazine calls McClain 'a bona fide super talent, about the shake the musical community to the bone.' She has been featured in Rolling Stone Italia, Nu Soul Magazine, and Crankbox. A touring musician for 15 years, McClain has opened for The Roots, Talib Kweli, and Souls of Mischief, and played the Savannah Jazz Festival, Fillmore Jazz Festival, House of Blues and the Hammerstein Ballroom, among others.
McClain's versatile talent and singular voice shines in any genre; from hip-hop and funk, to classic jazz, to confessional acoustic indie. She strives for honesty and genuine insight in her lyrics, with a broad spectrum of influences like Ani Difranco, Erykah Badu, and Sarah Vaughan. Her songs address the gamut of human emotion, dismantling past relationships with savage precision, incisive humor and uncontainable soul.