“You know, when you're a performer, you go where the work is. You've got to earn a living,” Betty Sullivan said.
But Betty said this year's concert will be “as grand as ever,” and the family will be joined by New York City entertainer and longtime family friend Mark Nadler.
Nadler, who has won numerous accolades as an entertainer in New York, will bring classical musician Dominic Meinan, also of New York, to perform with him.
Tim Sullivan will reprise songs he performed at the cabaret convention in New York in October, where he was asked to fill in when a performer canceled at the last minute.
“He wowed them. He simply wowed them,” his mother said.
New York City reviewer Stephen Holden called the last-minute replacement “a piece of luck” for the audience.
Tim Sullivan was 6 when he began performing with his brothers and sisters. As a teenager, he formed his first country band, which was named one of the 10 best bands in America in a national “Battle of the Bands” star search competition.
A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, which he attended on a baseball scholarship, Tim Sullivan has appeared on stage with such country stars as Alan Jackson, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Glen Campbell and Tammy Wynette.
He won songwriter of the year in Massachusetts for “Dance in the Rain” and wrote the theme song for the 2003 Boston Red Sox, “Cowboy Up.”
“Tim is happiest when he has his guitar in hand and is heading out the door to perform,” Betty Sullivan said.
Another addition to this year's show will be Blythe Sullivan, the 7-year-old granddaughter of Pat Sullivan, whom Betty describes as “an up-and-coming singing sensation.”
The concert is the largest fundraiser for the Women's Resource Center, which operates the battered women's shelter and the Rape Crisis Center.