With a passion for life and a drive to connect with people on a deeper level, Summer Rona puts every ounce of her energy into creating and performing music. She hopes to inspire others to express themselves as fully as she does. She is influenced by music that "moves me to tears or makes me dance, from Motown to Classical, if it touches my soul, I love it!" Summer says. Her parents met in a band & brought Summer to every rehearsal & gig as an infant. "I had a mic in my hand before I could stand." Summer says as she flashes a picture of her in a diaper holding a silver vintage mic to her mouth. Her mother was a beautiful singer and her father was a classically trained pianist who's sudden death last year caused Summer to question her purpose on this earth. "Serve others with your talents, find peace in your soul, work hard, love and...DREAM" she says. "Dream as big as you can and never, ever give up! That's what my dad told me."
As an accomplished singer and piano player herself, Summer has the sound of experience. Recently she performed a duet with the legendary Jermaine Jackson, singing the hit song, "I'll Be There", among other Jackson favorites. It was a dream come true for Summer to sing with Stevie Wonder at the House Full of Toys Benefit Concert as part of the International Colors of Love Choir in December 2011. Summer also wrote and produced a house track for Michael Costello that played for thousands at the NYC Lincoln Center for the Project Runway Finale Show! You can hear her voice on the radio, the American Idol video game, television shows & commercials, jingles, as a guest artist on albums such as: Big Swedes "BS in Da Club" and the new album by UK hip hop sensation, Antix, and soon as a character in an animated video game. With over 13,000 entries, Summer took 1st place for her song "Soul Static" on ourstage.com and won the Grand Prize.
Her songs have also received honors from the Paramount Music and John Lennon Songwriting Contests. Summer studied at Middle Tennessee State University, with a major in the Recording Industry Program and a minor in music business. She has performed from Nashville to Vegas and LA to Venezuela and Israel, entertaining crowds as large as 20,000 with her own music and a live band. She's had the opportunity to sing with music greats such as Lee Greenwood (God Bless the USA), Larry Henley (Wind Beneath My Wings), Buzz Cason (Everlasting Love), Dobie Gray (Drift Away), Bread, Jay White (Neil Diamond), among others and has written with successful writers such as Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer Ben Margulies (Mariah Carey), David Frank (Genie in a Bottle) Mike K (David Archeletta), Daniel Luttrell (Nikka Costa/Grey's Anatomy), & Lars Jansson Kilman (Hall Pass) & many more. Summer has released two EP's and has a catalogue of over 400 original songs which she is in the process of placing in TV, film, and with other artists. In due time she plans to save a special collection of songs for her first full length album. Summer is a genuine artist who cares about people, music and life. She is well on her way to becoming a mega success in the industry as she keeps her father's musical legacy alive.
"Congratulations, You are a talented lady." Paul Williams, President ASCAP "You sound good. I love your tone" Jermaine Jackson "You are a very talented woman" Debbie Reynolds