Sunshine State

Sunshine State

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Sunshine State is two friends trying to make sense of life and love in the city . It's fresh acoustic pop with bossa nova , jazz , and soul influences that will make you laugh , cry , and be glad you're alive .

Biography

Sunshine State began as musical therapy for vocalist Aleza and guitarist/producer James Bryan and has become one of the most vibrant new acts out of Canada. Influenced by everything from Bossa Nova to New Order, Sunshine State brings an infectious acoustic sound and hook filled songs to follow a single young woman‘s search for love in the city .

With exotic Panamanian/Norwegian beauty, and a personality that shines through every song, Aleza‘s unique voice has drawn comparisons to Blossom Dearie, and Feist . Meanwhile, James is one of Canada's top guitarists and an award winning producer and songwriter, with a hand in over a million albums sold and many top 40 radio hits, working with artists including: Nelly Furtado, Fefe Dobson, the Philosopher Kings.and Divine Brown .

Releasing a three song EP in 2006, Sunshine State secured a national Canadian tour opening up for The Philosopher Kings, and subsequently sold over 3000 CD’s off stage . Notable local Dj/tastemaker John Kong fell in love with the crowd favorite “Day Job” which led to the international release of several remixes on his Do Right label in January 2007. This 12 inch release including remixes from DJ’s Alistair Johnson & Circle Research managed to sell out immediately in Japan & Canada , and win new fans in the UK.

Susnhine State’s debut album was recorded in Toronto at James’ studio and was released in Canada in May 2007 on his label Umi Entertainment . With Aleza’s crystal clear voice and James’ soulful and dynamic acoustic guitar as the core , the duo were joined by some of their most talented friends .Marc Rogers, one of Canada’s top bassists(Susan Tedeschi, , Philosopher Kings) , percussionists David Gouveia and Daniel Stone and top session and touring drummer Davide Direnzo(Jacksoul , Holly Cole ) bring warmth and soul to the tracks. As producer and mixer , James Bryan also added some gritty drum programming to balance the organic feel of the band , making the album a seamless marriage of old and new.

The album received great reviews in both mainstream and underground press and first signle “Day Job” was placed on compilations like Honey Jam (Universal) and "Required Listening" ( Doright Music./Outside) . “Dayjob” was also featured in national radio & TV ads for the Greys Anatomy spinoff “Private Practice” in the fall of 2007 .

A brilliant live show have won Sunshine State loyal fans and a strong buzz from their hometown of Toronto to the UK , US and Japan The band performed a series of shows in London , (Regal Room , Slaughtered Lamb) and Los Angeles(Hotel Café, Temple Bar ) though the fall , attracting new fans and critical praise ( top ten artists to watch in 2008 on L.A.’s KGRL radio ) .

Meanwhile , the buzz on “ Day job “ continued to build in Japan as the song went top 40 across Japan , hitting Number One on several key stations . Then , Japanese label Dreamusic released the album there in Feb. 2008 .

After seeing a Sunshine State gig in LA , Canadian filmaker Phil Price offered to make a video for “Dayjob “ , which was completed in May , after receiving a Bravofact grant .

Back in Asia , the buzz from Japan spread to Korea , as Beatball Records released the album , with brilliant new artwork , in September , and deals are pending in 5 more Asian territories .

With songs and a sound both refreshing and instantly relatable , Sunshine State has enough soul, humour and good vibes to keep you smiling after the song fades out.

Lyrics

Nuestra Amor

Written By: James Bryan/Fernando Osorio

DESDE EL MOMENTO EN QUE TE VI
PUDE SABER QUE ERAS TU,
EL AMOR DE MI VIDA
QUE ANTE MI APARECIA.

POR TU MANERA DE MIRARME,
QUE DICE TODO Y A LA VEZ;
NO HACEN FALTA EXPLICACIONES,
SIMPLEMENTE NUESTRO AMOR ES ASI.

DESDE EL MOMENTO EN QUE TE VI
PUDE SENTIR QUE ERAS TU,
LO DECIA TU SONRISA,
QUE TU ALMA ERA MIA.

NO TENGAS MIEDO SI TROPIEZAS,
QUE A TU LADO ESTARE;
MAS ALLA DEL CORAZON,
SIMPLEMENTE NUESTRO AMOR ES ASI

SI NECESITO DE TI,
SIEMPRE ESTAS AHI PARA MI,
Y EN CADA BESO LO DAMOS TODO;
MAS QUE UNA BENDICION,
SIMPLEMENTE NUESTRO AMOR ES ASI.

NO TENGAS MIEDO SI TROPIEZAS,
QUE A TU LADO ESTARE;
MAS ALLA DEL CORAZON,
SIMPLEMENTE NUESTRO AMOR ES ASI.

SI NECESITO DE TI,
SIEMPRE ESTAS AHI PARA MI,
Y EN CADA BESO LO DAMOS TODO,
MAS QUE UNA BENDICION;
SIMPLEMENTE NUESTRO AMOR ES ASI.
DEL PRINCIPIO HASTA EL FINAL,
SIEMPRE VOY A RECORDAR,
QUE NUESTRO AMOR ES ASI.

Wish I Knew

Written By: James Bryan/Mathew Marston

V1
When you think you know where every road will bend
When you think you’ve finally found the perfect ending
That’s when life steps in to show you you can never count your hand
Wish I knew when I would see your face again .

V2
When you think you ‘re finally ready to move on
When you think you ‘ve found some calm you hit another storm
And I think I’m doing pretty good but every now and then
Wish I knew when I would see your face again

Bridge
Oh / the only thing I know
Happiness it comes and goes
and We’re all looking for another chance to find it .

They say to live with no regrets
But sometimes that’s all you’ve got left
Until hope finds a way back into your life . .

V3
When you’re in the dark and searching for a friend
When you just can’t find the way out from this mess you’re in
That’s when it all can turn around so fast your head ‘ll start to spin
Wish I knew when I would see your face again

Bridge 2

Oh / the only thing I know
Happiness it comes and goes
and We’re all looking for another chance to find it .

They say to live with no regrets
But sometimes that’s all you’ve got left
Until hope finds a way back into your life . .

V4
When you think you ‘re finally ready to move on
When you think you ‘ve found some calm you hit another storm
And I think I’m doing pretty good but every now and then
Wish I knew when I would see your face again
Wish I knew when I would see your face again

Discography

Sunshine State Korean album version (Beatball Records) 2008
Sunshine State Japanese album version (Dreamusic)2008
Sunshine State debut album (Umi Entertainment) 2007
Day Job Remixes (Do Right Records )2007
Honey Jam compilation (Universal) 2007
Required Listening Vol. 2 (Do Right Records)

Set List

day job
one night stand
new to me
the crush
ex-friend
the day after