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The band, Sunshine State, is based in Toronto, Canada. They started out more like a therapy session between the band’s core members: James Bryan and Aleza Coldevin. James is already an established artist even before Sunshine State was formed. He is one of Canada’s best-respected young guitarists, producers and songwriters, having penned over a dozen top 40 hits for various artists including Nelly Furtado, Fefe Dobson, and Divine Brown. He is also a member of multi platinum bands: The Philosopher Kings and Prozzak.

Aleza, on the other hand, was not in the music scene yet at that time. She lived in Montreal and moved to Toronto where she became friends with James. James found talent in Aleza so he invited her to sing in one of his solo albums. They instantly clicked. Aleza ended up touring with James’ band, and the rest is history.

The other half of Sunshine State is composed of: Marc Rogers - one of Canada’s top bassists (Susan Tedeschi, Philosopher Kings) who brings a low end warmth to the album with his acoustic bass, David Gouveia and Daniel Stone – on percussions, adding a funky Latin flavor to the tracks, and Davide Direnzo who guest sessions as a drummer.

The band is yet at an early age but they have managed to break into the music scene at such an alarming pace. Having released a three song EP, Sunshine State secured a national Canadian tour opening up for The Philosopher Kings, and subsequently sold over 3000 CDs off the stage alone. 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.

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