Summer Woods is a striking musical up-and-comer with a refreshingly straightforward and classic approach to the singer/songwriter genre, colored with her irresistibly quirky way of telling stories and sharing messages of relentless optimism. Hailing from the small suburb of Chino Hills, California, she’s often influenced by the music scene she became a part of thanks to The Los Angeles College of Music, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in music composition.
Summer has opened for Poncho Sanchez, Jim Messina, and the double bill of Andy McKee and Yasmin Williams. The Coach House and The Canyon Club have hosted her shows multiple times. In 2022, she signed a TV/movie licensing contract with Play Licensing and received airplay on KLOS 95.5 where she was commended for her song "Pasadena" on Heidi and Frank's Stay or Go show. Fans also love her unique spins on the music of her favorite artists, such as her acoustic, stripped down "Weird Al" Yankovic cover album called Chihuahua Hat. Yankovic himself loved the EP and posted it on his own website. Summer's cover of Creed Bratton's "Yes Indeed", recorded in her bedroom, caught the attention of Bratton himself and he has since invited her to sing alongside him at multiple concerts.
Her new single, “Skyscrapers”, [LISTEN HERE] comes out March 30th, featuring a music video filmed with the help of Robby Krieger (The Doors) at his LA studio. This song will be followed by a string of varied singles leading up to a full album release.
Where is Summer from?
Chino Hills, a city in Southern California.
How long has she been rockin' and rollin'?
Summer started to play piano at about 8 years old but only really started to take music seriously and write her own songs when she was about 14. She was born on August 8th, 1997, so you do the math.
What inspired Summer to become a musician?
Her earliest memory of creating music was writing lyrics to instrumental video game tracks-- namely, the songs by K.K. Slider in the video game Animal Crossing. In high school, her crush on the musician Beck inspired her creatively, and it turns out that learning and writing songs was something that just came naturally to her and never stopped setting her passions aflame.
What instruments can Summer play?
She plays piano, guitar, ukulele, and bass at a high level, and can play some rudimentary stuff on drums, harmonica, and accordion. But don't even get her started on the recorder; she's a virtuoso on that thing.
Does Summer use/write sheet music?
The short answer is no. Learning songs by ear is something that comes naturally to her, so sheet music is not her strong suit. She can read/write it in a pinch if necessary.
Does Summer have perfect pitch?
No, but she does have relative pitch. She can tell how far apart notes are but usually not whether you're playing a C or an F#.
Can Summer speak Spanish?
Yes; not at a fluent level, but she can understand and speak it.
What is Summer wearing?
What? What kind of question is that? Are you some kind of weird sex pervert? You should be ashamed of yourself!! She's wearing a pink bathrobe and Dunder-Mifflin pajama pants, if you must know.
What if I want to know EVEN MORE behind-the-scenes info?!
You can watch Summer's behind-the-scenes videos here!
- Portal 1 & 2
- Super Mario Sunshine/Galaxy
- Animal Crossing
- Todd in the Shadows
- Beavis and Butt-head
- The Office
- South Park
- Weird Al
- The Beatles
- The Notorious B.I.G.
- Kendrick Lamar
- Led Zeppelin
- Pogo (Nick Bertke)
- Learning languages
- Clay sculpting/crafts
- Disney theme parks/movies
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