SUNSET BRIDGE
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SUNSET BRIDGE

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WITH SUCH INTERESTING AND CREATIVE INSTRUMENTATION, SUNSET BRIDGE BRINGS A COMBINATION OF FOLK, CLASSICAL, SPANISH, MELODIC, BLUES, SOUL, AND BLUEGRASS.
ALREADY IN SUNSET BRIDGE'S EARLY CAREER, THEY HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED TO PLAY MOSTLY ORIGINAL MUSIC IN AT SEVERAL FESTIVALS AND BENEFITS IN THE TAMPA BAY AREA, ST. PETE., CLEARWATER, DADE CITY, AND SAFETY HARBOR.

A.J. TOPP STARTED PLAYING BASS IN ORCHESTRA WHEN HE WAS TWELVE. IN HIGH SCHOOL, HE JOINED THE YOUTH SYMPHONY AND STARTED TAKING LESSONS. WITH INFLUENCES SUCH AS LES CLAYPOOL, VICTOR WOOTEN, CHRIS WOOD, CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE, AND FLEA, HE HAS DEVELOPED HIS OWN CREATIVE, MELODIC STYLE. A.J. TOPP IS A MEMBER OF THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF BASSISTS AND HAS PLAYED IN THE VENICE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, VALDOSTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, AND USF SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA.

TERESA ARRUZA STARTED PLAYING ACOUSTIC GUITAR WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD IN SPAIN AND MEXICO WHERE SHE WAS RAISED. SHE GREW FONDER TO THE CLASSICAL GUITAR AND PLAYED FOR THE YEARS TO FOLLOW. HER INFLUENCES COME FROM ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM, COOLANGUBRA, NADIA SALERNO AND THE ABBAD BROTHERS, LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM, AND THE SOUTH AMERICAN FOLKORIC MUSIC. AFTER MOTHERHOOD, SHE DREAMED OF PLAYING THE VIOLIN AND BEGAN HER TRAINING IN COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA, TAMPA BAY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, PINELLAS CIVIC ORCHESTRA, THE MICHAEL SOUTHERN BAND, AND THE SERENATA STRINGS TRIO. TERESA ARRUZA BELIEVES THAT MUSIC IS TRULY MAGICAL AND HELPED HER THROUGH HER RECOVERY FROM TWO VERY MAJOR CAR ACCIDENTS.

GRACIE GRIESHOP STARTED SINGING IN THE QUIOR AT HER LOCAL CHURCH AND CONTINUED TO SING IN CHORUS ALL THROUGHOUT THE REST OF HER SCHOOLING YEARS. IN THE THIRD GRADE SHE TOOK AN INTEREST TO THE FLUTE AND PLAYED IN THE SCHOOL BAND. IN THE SIXTH GRADE, SHE ENTERED A COUNTY BEAUTY PAGEANT AND BECAME "MISS ODESSA" FROM USING HER TALENTED VOCALS TO "WHOO" THE CROWD. HER PARENTS BOUGHT HER AN ACOUSTIC GUITAR IN EIGTH GRADE AND SHE TOOK LESSONS FOR A COUPLE OF MONTHS. AFTER HIGH SCHOOL, FACING THE REALITY OF LIFE ON HER OWN SHE BEGAN TO WRITE SONGS AND COMPOSE HER OWN MUSIC. HER INFLUENCES RANGE FROM THE INDIGO GIRLS, THE GRATEFUL DEAD, TORI AMOS, ANI DIFRANCO, MOUNTAIN OF VENUS,AND MILLA JOVOVICH, AND JEFF BUCKLEY,
TOGETHER, A.J. TOPP, TERESA ARRUZA, AND GRACIE GRIESHOP JOURNEY TO MAKE THEIR DREAMS COME ALIVE AND HEAL WITH THE POWER OF LOVE AND MUSIC.