In August of 2018, Amy Kathleen (singer/songwriter) and Jared Sullivan (bass guitar/cello) met at an open mic at record store Truth Vinyl in Arlington, Texas. After acquiring a cello after a decade of not having played the instrument, Jared began accompanying Amy on her original songs. As they began performing across the DFW area, they secured an acoustic slot at Richardson’s 2019 Cottonwood Arts Festival. At the festival, Jared ran into his friend Mac Bain (drummer), who he had not seen since they attended Berklee College of Music together ten years prior. The three formed what is now Almost Jaded.
"You can't hear one of her songs and not feel something"
Amy has been conveying her emotions through music since she began songwriting at eight years old, specifically recalling times where she would fight with her mom, run into her room angry with a sharpie in hand, and write a song on colored construction paper. Early musical influences include Amy Grant and Taylor Swift; she learned to play Swift's entire discography by the time she finished elementary school. Needing to incorporate music into her life as much as possible, Amy attended and graduated from a fine-arts middle/high school where she focused on vocal performance. Amy has been performing her own songs in Almost Jaded since she was 16 and continues to build her music career.
"Insert awesome quote about Jared here"
One of three brothers, Jared's father introduced him to the rock and country greats at a young age. In the fifth grade he took up the cello, and then Christmas of 2002 he and his older brother received an electric guitar and a bass guitar, and it did not take long for him to resonate with the bass. The next year his younger brother received a drum set for Christmas, and the three Sullivan boys started to push each other to become the best at their respective instruments.
Jared continued to play cello and bass throughout high school, being in the top orchestra and jazz band at his school. Initially wanting to go to college to study engineering, he decided to pursue music, his true passion. He took his bass and passion with him to Boston and attended Berklee College of Music with scholarship, where he began his current search to understand what all being a musician truly encompasses.
He is currently pursuing that search full time, having played with multiple artists, both locally and nationally, spanning numerous genres and styles. His inspiration and drive comes from his love and passion for learning and music and the need to share that passion with his fellow people.
"Good drummer, cool dude"
Legend has it he trained for 5,000 years on the surface of the sun.