Earth Voyage - Nominated for Best World Album of 2012 - ZMR Music Awards
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Joseph Sullinger is a classical crossover guitarist with four music award nominations. His albums consist of classical, covers of popular music, original world fusion, and Christmas music. Joseph's recordings have been used in television programs in Spain, Sweden, the UK, and the USA, most notably in the National Geographic Channel’s series The Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan. His recordings have received more than two million streams with online radio platforms such as Spotify. Since 2010 Joseph has given over 1600 solo guitar performances with an average of 200 shows per year. He currently lives with his wife in Mexico.
Joseph began playing guitar at the age of six on a classical guitar he was given by his mother Julia, who was a concert pianist and music teacher. His father Dwight is the principal tuba player for the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra and teaches music at UNAM (National University of Mexico). Joseph is mainly a self-taught guitarist who reached a high level of performance and composition at a young age. He became a major player in the Dallas Texas music scene and has performed in concert line-ups with numerous international recording artists including Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden and Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath.
In 2006 Joseph relocated from Dallas to Mexico where he began a career of music, teaching classical guitar and performing extensively. In 2008 he signed with Eroica Classical Recordings releasing the album Popular Classical Guitar with music from the Renaissance, Baroque, and Romantic periods, and two original compositions entitled Sailing and Mi Amor. In 2010 he released Classical Guitar Christmas Favorites, followed by the all original album Earth Voyage which was nominated Best World Music Album of 2012, appearing in the ZMR World Top 100 Radio Airplay Chart for 7 months reaching #8. In 2014 he released the album Popular Classical Guitar Vol. 2, and Vol. 3 was released in 2015 as follow up albums to the original Popular Classical Guitar. Joseph's second all original world fusion album Adore was released in 2016 and was nominated for Best Acoustic Guitar Album in the OWM 2016 Music Awards reaching #11 in the OWM Top 100 Chart and #21 in the ZMR Top 100 Chart. His 2017 album Profundo was also nominated for Best Acoustic Guitar Album. Joseph's 2018 album Art of Acoustic features solo guitar arrangements of popular music from artist such as The Beatles, The Moody Blues, and Simon and Garfunkel mixed with classical music from composers such as Bach, Satie, and Fauré.
"A genuinely lovely collection of Latin flavoured acoustic guitar
and orchestra chilled easy listening" Total Music Magazine
"Elegant and flawless guitar work throughout. The arrangements
create a beautiful yet accessible flow that delivers joy and comfort
to the highest degree." Lit Monthly Magazine
Instrumental Christmas Music Performed by Joseph for special events, dinners, and parties.
Angels We Have Heard On High
Away In A Manger
Carol of the Bells
Deck The Halls
The First Noel
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
Hark, The Herald Angels Sing
Joy To The World
Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring
O Christmas Tree
O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)
O Holy Night
O Little Town Of Bethlehem
Once In Royal Davíd's City
We Three Kings Of Orient
What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)
We Wish You A Merry Christmas
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
Here Comes Santa Clause
Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow
The Christmas Song
Pat a Pan
I'll Be Home For Christmas
Jingle Bell Rock
Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Frosty the Snowman
Rockin' Around the Christmas tree
Santa Clause is Coming to Town
A Holly Jolly Christmas
Little Drummer Boy
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
After a classical guitar Christmas dinner performance from the balcony.
Songs (partial list)
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Close to You
Fly Me to the Moon
Alexanders Ragtime Band
Sitting On The Dock of a Bay
Chattanooga Choo Choo
Now or Never (O Sole Mio)
Can't Help Falling in Love
Love Me Tender
La Vie En Rose
Strangers in the Night
All I Have to do is Dream
Waltz Across Texas
House of the Rising Sun
Killing Me Softly
Tears in Heaven
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Love Is Blue
Let It Be
Hard Days Night
Eight Days a Week
And I Love Her
The Long and Winding Road
National Geographic Channel's The Dog Whisperer uses recordings by Joseph Sullinger
Reviews of Earth Voyage
"An intriguing and seductive traveler's tale. Earth Voyage will doubtlessly appeal strongly to nuevo flamenco and Spanish/classical guitar fans. The mixture of genres heard on the CD bodes a bright future for this highly talented composer and performer."
Bill Binkleman - www.zonemusicreporter.com (read full review here)
"TIMELESS. The quality of musicianship and emotion that is put into the music draws the listener in." Tom Hamilton - www.celticmusicradio.net
"Earth Voyage is a most impressive musical expedition that will leave you gently but purposefully adrift a gorgeous sea of musical styles."
www.mainlypiano.com (read full review here)
"Elegant and flawless guitar work throughout, Earth Voyage is an oasis of ambient, easy-listening with light overtones of Latin influences. This disc - with performances by members of the Mexico City Philharmonic - makes perfect background music for a relaxed party or a chilled-out night at home, but it stands tall and strong upon the closest inspection of musicality. The arrangements create a beautiful yet accessible flow that delivers joy and comfort to the highest degree." Lit Monthly Magazine - www.litmonthly.com
"Joseph Sullinger's cultured blend of Latin, classical and nuevo flamenco guitar boldly embrace the essential components of world fusion and transform them into a colorful escape from the ordinary. Intimate guitar rhythms on Earth Voyage reproduce the warm sunny atmosphere and vibrant sound sensations of an extravagant escapade." John P. Olsen - www.newagemusicworld.com
"Earth Voyage is an album of many directions. When I first sampled the project, I found some marvelously exotic and sweet Latin melodies contained in the first three tracks. From there, it was off to adding new age and world journeys to the repertoire, and that all seems to work well in this dance of diversity and culture." Ronald Jackson - www.thesmoothjazzride.com (read full review here)
"Earth Voyage, an ambitious and rewarding cd. Sullinger takes the listener on a thematic journey across the waves. The music can be vibrant and fiery, breezy and laid back, or serene and wistful. Whatever the mood and tempo, Sullinger's capable artistry ensures a most pleasurable nautical journey."
Bill Binkleman - www.retailinginsight.com (read full review here-Retailing Insight Magazine)
"This CD is an impeccable mix of world music, new age, and smooth jazz. All in all, this album was better than expected and is perfect for almost any occasion. From a romantic dinner to tanning on the beach or simply just enjoying a quiet car ride home, this album will surely put the listener in a great mood." Haneen Khatib - The Collegian (read full review here)
"Joseph Sullinger explores the world of smooth, Latin fusion with a touch of flamenco, new age, and classical elements with lively percussion. The instrumental compositions are perfect for any earthly voyage at any time." Matthew Forss - www.insideworldmusic.com (read full review here)
"Sullinger's guitar work is sparkling, clear, and very articulate. I love classical and Latin guitar and am so happy to have discovered Joseph Sullinger and his music. Earth Voyage is highly recommended!"
Kathy Parson - www.mainlypiano.com (read full review here)
"Guitarist Joseph Sullinger is making waves with his new cd 'Earth Voyage'. It is an eclectic mix of classical, latin, and nuevo flamenco styles which perfectly demonstrate his strong song writing abilities and intricate guitar work. Joseph's music has been featured on the Emmy nominated television series The Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan..."
Denis Poole - www.smoothjazztherapy.com (read full review here)
"Mr. Sullinger's guitar playing is wonderfully melodic and romantic-sounding. The term 'nimble fingers' has never been more appropriate..." John M. Peters - www.the-borderland.co.uk (read full review here)
"This eclectic world music journey manages to remain involving always. There was obvious intent to maintain a relaxed atmosphere and keep flamenco wildness under control. The overall mood is rather melancholy and peaceful. All along these 10 tracks Joseph Sullinger demonstrates his interesting song writing abilities, his high artistic sensibility and expanded cultural background."
Joel Chevassus - www.6moons.com (read full review here)
"a genuinely lovely collection of Latin flavoured acoustic guitar and orchestra chilled easy listening" Raft Thong - Total Music Magazine
www.totalmusicmagazine.com (read full review here)
"Georgeous picture-perfect acoustic (and some electric) guitarwork is backed up by smooth sounds that really make you feel like you're either close to an ocean on some deserted tropical island or deep in the tropical rainforest. One way or the other, the feeling is right when hearing this disc and Joseph is an amazing guitarist."
Gabor Kleinbloesom - Strutterzine Magazine, Holland
"This is an album of "real" music. The Latin influence provides the world music feel, while the soothing ocean-inspired sounds bring the listener to a state of total relaxation." Amara - Four Corners Magazine
"We've been enjoying 'Earth Voyage' alot on the show"
John Diliberto - Echoes Radio Show, www.echoes.org
"Earth Voyage is a huge hit with One World Radio fans" -
Steve Sheppard - One World Radio, www.oneworldradio.org.uk
"This album is superb!" "Thanks for this terrific CD, he's really good"-
Kitty and Creek Norris - Iridium Radio KZYX 90.7 FM, KZYZ 91.5 FM,www.iridiumradio.com
"I have played it the last two shows and love it. It will get more airplay as all the tracks are good." - Carla Van Dyk - The Sound Alternative
WDVR 88.5 FM, www.wvdrfm.org
"This is a lovely CD. We have been listening to it during our candlelight dinners at home. I will be playing it on the air." Dr. B - The Beehive, KEAO 91.5 FM, www.manaoradio.com
"Unique world fusion with hints of classical intermixed with Latin and flamenco" - Marie Michaels - Music Beyond Words, www.live365.com
"Love the CD - it will finish in my top 10 for March's ZMR." Linda Coffin - Night Traveler, KRCB 91 FM/TV22, www.krcb.org
"We'll be using Joseph's album in the Flamenco channel." -
Eric Harry - Calm Radio, www.calmradio.com
"It's my pleasure to play such a fabulous CD" -
Jamey Osborne - Audiosyncracy, KTEP 88.5FM, www.radio.jameyo.com(find podcast downoads here)
"Magnificent songs and playing. This man is amazing. Adding tracks 1,5, and 8 for airplay on the Spa at Galaxie." http://music.stingray.com/en_CA/
Popular Music Instrumentals Performed Live
"Adore is the much awaited album by Joseph Sullinger, it may have been several years since Earth Voyage, but this has been worth the wait. Adore is a smooth delightful companion of compositions, that is both masterfully played and brilliantly produced. As always anything Joseph Sullinger touches turns to musical gold. A guaranteed winner with lovers of the acoustic instrumental genre and those of us who just adore, really good music, played with style and heart."
Simply put, I absolutely ‘adored’ each and every moment of “Adore”, as these elegant compositions softly swept me away to the shores of a Mediterranean paradise. Joseph’s guitar-playing is sophisticated yet perfectly understated within the album’s overall down-to-earth and relaxing context, which is further enhanced by the many light brush strokes of additional colors and textures throughout. Alluringly romantic and beautiful, “Adore” will appeal greatly to those who are particularly fond of classical and Spanish-style guitar music as well as new age world fusion!
"In ‘Adore’ Joseph Sullinger has created a unique blend of classical and romantic guitar, which allows each of the slightly ethereal pieces to flow gently into the soul, in a style that is as timeless and pleasurable as the setting sun in the evening, the rhythmic ebb and flow of the ocean, the all-pervasive knowledge that music is the very essence of life."
Preparing for a Christmas dinner event.
Classical , World Fusion, Spanish Guitar
In addition to instrumental and classical guitar music, Joseph also performs as a vocalist. Currently performing as a soloist for most occasions with guitar and vocals. From senior living to restaurants, night clubs, weddings, parties, or vacation resorts, Joseph performs numerous shows monthly and consistently provides world class entertainment.
Adore - Nominated for Best Acoustic Guitar Album - 2016 OWM Music Awards
Classical Guitar Christmas Shows