Emerging recording artist Sommer Floyd is in the studio putting the finishing touches on her highly anticipated debut CD, Ray of Light. The project, which is slated to release this Fall, is being recorded at Dark Horse Recording Studio in Franklin, Tennessee, in the rolling hills just outside of Nashville. Multi-Dove Award winning producer Steven V. Taylor (Michael W. Smith, Matt Redman, Veggie Tales) is producing the project.
A joyful amalgamation of sparkling Pop/Rock, New Country and Contemporary Worship, Floyd's inaugural release will draw instant comparisons to artists like Kari Jobe, Mia Fieldes, Laura Story and The Band Perry's Kimberly Perry. Fan favorites include the celebratory "Children of God," the fun and encouraging Pop-Country anthem, "Drop and Run," and the gently meandering confessional ballad, "I Need You."
Floyd allows her natural effervescence to shine through on the exuberant "Ray of Light," and reveals her vulnerable heart in the lovely and poignant title cut, "Stronger," a song she wrote for a friend battling leukemia. Her peace-evoking Contemporary Worship hymn, "How You Love Me," could easily become a staple in church services across the country with its lovely chorus:
You are worthy, worthy/
I fall down at Your feet crying holy, holy/
Your love is all I need and Your beauty takes my breath away from me
If you look up "All American Girl" in the dictionary, chances are the definition will be accompanied by a picture of Sommer Floyd. Born and raised in the Texas Hill Country, Floyd was an honor roll student, gifted athlete, beauty queen, and genuinely nice person. Voted "Class Favorite" and "Most Talented" by her high school classmates, Floyd was the quintessential cheerleader, earning four individual high school All American designations and three All Star Team National Championships. Attending college on a cheerleading scholarship, Floyd was designated a college All American as a freshman, an almost unheard of accomplishment. She ran on the varsity track team, played tennis, showed livestock, participated in rodeos, earned her Deep Sea Diving certification...
And she sings. And writes songs.
While Sommer certainly has all the credentials for The All American Girl, she is also 100 percent human. She is the first to admit she has made her share of mistakes. Those poor choices produced a deep level of brokenness, which compelled Sommer to dig deep into God's faithfulness, and reconnect her with the God of her youth. The more connected the young woman became with God, the more songs began to flow from her pen.
"Putting my brokenness on paper helped to get me through the hard times," Sommer says, "and the lyrics started to turn into worship."
Her experience of brokenness and restoration resonated strongly throughout her community, opening doors for her to share her music and lead worship at churches and charity events throughout the Texas Hill Country, where she lives with her daughter, Heidi.
Sommer's fetching vocals, ear-pleasing melodies and spiritually mature lyrics caught the ear of her producer, Steven V. Taylor, and she soon found herself in Franklin, Tennessee with some of Nashville's finest musicians, recording her debut CD at the legendary Dark Horse Studios. The project is slated for release in Fall 2016.