Kevin was born a twin (his sister Courtney Quinn) on May 21, 1997 in Chicago, Illinois to parents Brian Quinn, an advertising executive, and Tamara Quinn, founder of Pulling Down the Moon, Inc., a holistic healthcare center. After spending most of his childhood playing baseball, Kevin ventured toward the performing arts in 2013 when he auditioned for season 12 of American Idol and was one of the youngest contestants to make it as a Hollywood Group Round finalist. He performed five times for executive producers and celebrity judges Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson. Kevin ended among the top 60 males in the country. Later that year, Kevin landed the role of Jonny in Steppenwolf Theater’s production of Lord of the Flies under the direction of Halena Kays, then turned his attention to some classical work at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where he played Boy in Henry V under the direction of Christopher Luscombe. Chris Jones from the Chicago Tribune wrote of Henry V, “The language – which also emerges from the likes of such fine players as David Lively, Patrick Clear and the very promising young Kevin Quinn (who plays the boy) – is crystal clear.” Hedy Weiss from the Sun Times said, “Kevin Quinn touches the heart as the Boy needlessly slain in war.” This from the ChicagoCritic.com, “There were some fresh faces that did exquisite work here. Among them was Kevin Quinn who deftly played Boy as servant to Henry’s army leaders. Quinn, who is a junior at New Trier High School, was charismatic, funny, and quite articulate. His enthusiasm lifted his scenes. Kevin Quinn demonstrated a skill level far beyond his years. He has a bright future.”
Kevin can be seen in two episodic TV shows. Showtime’s Shameless and NBC/Universal’s Chicago PD playing the role of Nate Hansen, a 17-year old boy caught in the middle of having to make some hard choices to save his family. Kevin also plays Tommy, a character fueled by TV and an unhealthy obsession for adult websites and technology in the DePaul University film entitled, “Screens.”
Kevin graduated from New Trier High School (class of 2015). New Trier boasts many well-known graduates including Charlton Heston, Rock Hudson, Ann-Margret, John Hughes, and Bruce Dern. Upon finishing high school, he flew to Los Angeles with his parents in the hopes of gaining experience with the Hollywood auditioning process and quickly landed a role in the Disney Channel’s remake of Adventures in Babysitting. He moved to Vancouver for six weeks to film the movie and received a call while on set that he was being considered for a series regular role for Bunk’d, a spin-off of the Disney Channel’s much loved show called Jessie. Kevin flew back to LA to screen test for the role of Xander McCormick, a good-looking, enthusiastic, and musically inclined camp counselor. He was hired shortly thereafter. Kevin and his family then made their permanent move to Los Angeles from Chicago. Kevin films Bunk’d throughout the majority of the year.
During the holiday season of 2015, Kevin returned to the stage at the Pasadena Playhouse for a musical panto version of Peter Pan, produced by Lythgoe Family Productions.
Over the past year, Kevin has devoted much of his time to writing music and preparing for his debut EP. He describes his influences to include John Mayer, Ed Sheeran, John Legend, and classic musical acts like Sting and The Beatles. His love of rhythm, blues, and poetry has shaped his sound into what has been described as pop rock with a lot of soul.
In his spare time, Kevin might be found reading, writing, watching classic movies, or spending time outside.