With influences ranging from multi-genre master Michael Nesmith to geek rockers They Might Be Giants, Sunset Sam has forged a simple, folk/rock style that works to showcase her lyrics. "Sunset Sam" is the stage name used by singer/songwriter Theresa Houghton. A native of Sand Lake, NY, Theresa began seriously pursuing guitar in the summer of 2001. Though she had been writing poetry and song lyrics on and off for years, she didn't plan on doing much, if any, songwriting. That same summer, Theresa attended her second session of the New York State Summer Young Writer's Institute (NYSSYWI) in Lake George, NY, and was both impressed and inspired by the music of a budding singer/songwriter/guitarist she met there. Theresa had only written one song at the time but, after her week at NYSSYWI, she was motivated to work on more original material. March of 2005 found Theresa at Perfect Blend in Delmar, NY, playing her first gig. Armed only with a blue acoustic guitar, her voice, and a music stand, she played her way through an hour and a half set in front of an audience consisting mostly of family and friends. Playing this show convinced Theresa that she could, and would, continue pursuing music in this way. Theresa spent many of her weekends during the summer of 2005 working on tracks for her debut album, IT MUST BE THURSDAY. The album was officially released in December of 2005 at Theresa's first show at Slow Jed's Mud House in Averill Park, NY. The album is currently available on her website. Says Times Union columnist, Greg Haymes, of IT MUST BE THURSDAY: '...it works well to showcase a burgeoning talent on the local music scene.' Since then, Theresa has continued to perform in the Albany/Schenectady/Troy area of NY, visiting such places as Professor Java's in Albany, Perfect Blend in Delmar, the Muddy Cup in Albany, Coffee Planet in Ballston Spa, and Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs. She has shared the stage with local duos Almost Awake and the Bookdrop Bees, and participated in the first Capital Region Acoustic Minibash (hosted by Steve Grogan). She has also appeared on the local music spot in Jim Barrett's radio show, Kaleidoscope, on 104.9 The EDGE. In summer of 2007, Theresa released her second album, GLASS HOUSE. She calls this album 'an album about relationships' and has this to say about the songs: 'In a lot of ways, music is like writing. It's very easy to lay yourself bare, to communicate in lyrics and music things you would never say with words. Things that everyone feels but no one admits. Sadness, depression, hope, joy, spirituality...love. [GLASS HOUSE] is a window in and a way out, a glass house and a method of personal catharsis. A way to remember and a way to forget; a way to convey that the snow still falls but, perhaps, the loss is no longer quite so potent.' Theresa is also an avid knitter, reader, and writer, and has self-published a sci-fi novel called WE CHANGE, which is available on her website and Lulu.com. In the future, she would like to share the stage with more of the wonderful musicians she's met over the course of her musical journey.