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Sunny State captures a fresh modern reggae vibe through their energetic and positive songs of love and empowerment. With powerful vocals, ukulele and guitar, Sunny State brings island vibes to each and every gig. Their diverse line up of songs tantalizes the ears in English, French, Spanish and even Croatian, using the island heritage of their front man “Cristo”, Chris Reed, whose family originates from an island in the Adriatic Sea.
Today, Sunny State releases the new single, “Solutions.” Speaking about the track Reed says, “As I was writing, I thought about my two daughter’s Violet and Indigo and the type of world they’ve been born into. As flawed as it may be, it is still so beautiful and I want them to focus on solutions and not get caught up in getting down about the problems of the world. Instead, I want them to come together and help lead the charge in solving them.”
Sunny State was officially formed by Chris Reed in early 2019, but is no stranger to the stage, as his previous bands have opened up for groups like, Tribal Seeds, The English Beat, Collie Buddz, Iration, Eek a Mouse, Booker T, and Dirty Heads. He has performed multiple times at The Catalyst (main stage and atrium) and Shoreline Amphitheater and toured the West Coast, South America and Europe as a solo artist. His song “17” was played at Miami’s Fashion Week and after a video interview, was featured on MTV’s website, along with this statement: “Relax and unwind with … their smooth, reggae-inspired NorCal jams.”
Reed has recorded eight studio and live albums/EPs and is excited to be in the studio as SUNNY STATE recording at Redwall Studios with engineer/producer Ryan Palma (Akon, OMB Peezy, Kruel Summer).
Reed is excited by the passionate and friendly confidence Sunny State brings to every performance and their ability to bear their souls through fresh reggae grooves mixed with rock and world vibes.
Sunny State spans a wide range for their audiences and takes it an extra step further by mixing in broken down/acoustic performances as well as full-band sets from venue to venue.