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Like many songwriters, Tom began writing songs to express his emotions and to share his perspective of the world. He has spent years creating a few CD's worth of new material and perfecting his artistic talents. He has the capacity of telling a story with an emotional connection the audience can relate to. Over the past few decades he has been strongly influenced by a multitude of musicians from various genres. There are two local influences however who made a big impression on his own style. Johnny Guitar Knox and Joe Craven, mentored him in some of the various techniques he still uses today. Tom has honed his different guitar playing talents, whether it's Blue Grass, Rock, Folk or the Blues, he can play it all.
Winning second place at the Sacramento State Fair years ago, led Tom to become an even better song writer and overall musician. Playing music and writing original music since his teens had given his music a strong sense of edginess and honesty.
The simple, yet authentic songs are nostalgic and comforting. Tom feels as though he writes his songs as a musical channel and this music can help inspire others.
She began playing guitar which led to writing her own material as well as spending time recording back up vocals on numerous music projects. Her award winning song, I Still Miss You, was written as a tribute to John Lennon. This song won a Billboard Music Honorable Mention award and was featured at Lennon's annual birthday celebration in front of his star on the Walk of Fame outside the Capitol Record building in Hollywood. She has spent many years refining her vocal style, harmonies and arranging techniques which can be heard quite prominently in her original songs. The main focus of her music is to make people feel good, accepted, loved and included. A large majority of her lyrics are simply based on the Golden Rule.
Cindy is also a professionally trained artist. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Studio Art in 2008 from Cal State University at Long Beach, She is responsible for all the bands unique artwork....check out the bands art page here or find more of her paintings, ceramics and recycled work at
Utah Arnold was born in the suburbs of Sacramento, CA. Growing up in the streets and the school of hard knocks he started grinding out drum beats at a young age. One of his earliest memories is of carving a pair of his own drumsticks just so he had something to tap along with as he listened to his favorite records of the day. Residing in the city of Rancho Cordova he quickly became accomplished in his craft. He has been drumming ever since. He can literally play on anything that makes a beat yet mostly concentrates on various hand drums, percussion and full drum kits.
Utah has played and recorded at numerous top notch venues over the years. His fluid and effortless drumming techniques are spot on regardless of the genre or style. Due to his wide range of influences and over thirty years of experience he has shared the stage with several quality musicians
His unique type of drumming is a culmination showing his years of practice and dedication while studying the greatest drummers of all time. Being part of a very talented rock group in the late 90's almost got him signed to a record label. Due to unforeseen circumstances this did not happen yet he learned to pick his band mates more carefully. He is anxious to put his own special spin on the Sugarplum sound.
Utah makes a wonderful addition to the Sugarplum band....his natural charm and exuberance add even more color to this group as no one else could.