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Formerly of Gainesville, Florida bands 'Loose Ends' and 'Heartbeat', Bridgelight performs acoustic guitar & piano inspired original and classic rock & folk songs from the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's and today with tons of tight two-part harmony, a plethora of percussion instruments, and absolutely no additional pre-recorded tracks piped into their live performance mix.
Melanie and Ray both grew up in South Florida where they attended Nova High (Melanie) and South Plantation High (Ray).
Melanie was a member of the Atlantic Foundation School of the Performing Arts at Nova High where she performed in many live musicals including Mame, Funny Girl and Yes at Parker Playhouse. She is also a classically trained pianist under Gerald Synder and is a professional vocal instructor most recently working in that profession at Mrs. P's Dance & Performing Arts studio in Coral Springs, FL.
Ray began playing guitar at the age of 13 and started singing as a 2nd tenor in the choir at Ft. Lauderdale's Sunset Presbyterian Church in middle school. He began playing and singing on stage at the age of 14 at church, school functions, weddings, private parties and began performing professionally in the band 'Loose Ends' at the age of 18 in Gainesville with Melanie and fellow guitarist/singer/songwriter Alan Gross.
Melanie and Ray met in Gainesville while attending the University of Florida where they are both graduates (B.A. in Theater Performance for Melanie and B.S. in Industrial Engineering for Ray). Melanie starred in several UF Florida Players musical stage performances including Carnival, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and numerous live musical revues.
While in Gainesville as part of 'Loose Ends' and 'Heartbeat' Melanie and Ray performed at the following clubs, restaurants, venues, parties, and special events: Olde College Inn, Bilbao & Gandalf's, Great Southern Music Hall, The Wine Cellar, The Orange & Brew, The Copper Monkey, University Auditorium, The Florida Gym, and several UF Gators Sporting Event pre and post-game parties. They also performed at the famed Fountainbleau Hotel in Miami Beach at a private party celebrating the 5 year Anniversary of the Miami Dolphins perfect 17-0 season where Loose Ends opened for legendary musician Marvin Gaye.