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Summerfield's sound is solidly rooted in the best, feel-good traditions of country-pop. Summer' voice immediately evokes comparisons to Taylor Swift, while Isaac can play a mean violin. Both performers write all of their own original material.

Fayetteville Observer

“Singer Summer Collins will kick things off by performing the national anthem. Summer may only be 14, but she has been singing since the age of 10 when she recorded her first demo. She will be followed by acts like Dakota Rain, on track to make its Dogwood debut country performance” (she will make a guest appearance with Dakota Rain and opening for Joe Nichols)"

City View Magazine

"Singer Summer Collins may not be a household name yet, but at 14, the wide-eyed honor student is already making a name for herself in the music scene of Fayetteville, where she has snagged a coveted spot performing the National Anthem at this year’s Dogwood Festival, as well as a rare performance with Fayetteville-based country music band Dakota Rain.”

Dawn Elizabeth – The Fayetteville Feed

“Well the emotion in this song is just superb. This has quickly become one of my go to songs when I want cheering up so thank-you for providing me with that and I know i've already said it but I really do wish you the very best of luck in the future, with music as good as this you shouldn't need it though.”

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About Summerfield

Family acts are one of the deepest traditions of music from the American South. From the earliest days of the settlers, music has always been an important Southern family and social activity. Strong and unshakeable, it’s just something that’s in the blood—and in the air—when Southern folks get together to play. Think of the Carter Family, the Everly and Allman brothers, the Judds. And now prepare to add another name to that list: Summerfield.

Comprised of cousins Summer Collins (15, vocals and guitar) and Isaac Ball (20, violin), Summerfield is an astonishing modern country-pop duo that, in barely a year, has won legions of fervent fans stretching from the pair’s Fayetteville, North Carolina, home to as far away as Russia and Europe. But, being close relatives, Summerfield’s roots naturally go back farther than the act’s official beginnings.

“Our families get together every year for the holidays and have a little private Christmas concert,” says Isaac, whose interest in the violin started when he was six. “When Summer and I first played with some other family members at one of those gatherings, we never thought that in just a few years we’d be working together—and having so much fun writing songs.”

Fifteen of those songs make up Sunlit Destination, Summerfield’s debut on the group’s own Rock the Boat Records label (the duo also runs its own publishing wing). “Everything,” the album’s uplifting first single, was composed by Isaac as a tribute to his hard-working father, a loving sentiment that Summer, a self-described “Army brat,” strongly shares. “Like Isaac, I’m very thankful to my dad for all he does,” says the singer, who has been performing since age 10. “‘Everything’ has a message people everywhere can relate to, I think.” Among the record’s other melodic, radio-ready cuts with equally far-reaching resonance are “Hurricane,” a poignant meditation on the confusion of first love, laced with Summer’s soaring voice; and the title track, a carefree ode to breaking free from the workaday world that pairs Isaac’s lilting strings with rock-tinged guitars.

As a live act, Summerfield had a true baptism of fire—playing to over 15,000 people at Fayetteville’s annual Dogwood Festival in April 2010. “We were pretty nervous at first,” recalls Isaac. “But it felt great and right away we knew we had something really special.” Still floating on air from their debut, the duo spent the following summer rehearsing, performing, and writing songs—and then it was off to Nashville to record Sunlit Destination.

Advance reviews of Sunlit Destination have seen Summerfield compared to hitmakers Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, and Vanessa Carlton. “We admire those artists because, like them, we try to write songs that are fun but have a meaningful story,” explains Summer, an honor student who brought her homework to the studio. Each single off the album is being accompanied by a specially produced video.

“What strikes me most about Summer and Isaac’s music is the substance it has,” says producer Ben Rice (Goesl’s Parade, Pilotdrift), who oversaw the sessions at NashVin Studio. “Even though they’re both still really young, their songs have real depth and longevity. Working with Summerfield feels like being on the cusp of something big.” And, judging by the music and the reaction of those who hear and see Summerfield perform it, that something will only get bigger over time.
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