In a world saturated with musical talent, an artist needs something extraordinary in order to get noticed: enter the wild antics of Lady Gaga and Ke$ha. Yet there are artists, especially local singers and songwriters, who are driven by passion and rely solely on talent and songwriting abilities in order to produce music. Loras’ own David Summers is one such artist who has recently released his first extended play, or EP, “My Father’s Son.”
Summers is a 2008 graduate of Loras, where he obtained a bachelor of music degree. He now can be found in his office next to Christ the King Chapel where he works as the liturgy coordinator. As the liturgy coordinator, he has been able to have an outlet for the passion he feels for music, a passion that he has had since he was a child.
“I have been writing lyrics, melodies and songs in one form or another for as long as I can remember and singing even longer than that,” said Summers. “My poor family and roommates over the years have had to hear more than their fair share of my vocalizing.”
It was this love for music that led him to start writing lyrics more seriously.
“During college, while working on my music degree and piano skills, I eventually started writing some more fleshed out pieces which I would perform for Dessert Pops or on Antioch,” said Summers. “Then during my first year on staff at Loras, Cassie Koetz (’12) and I established a wonderful songwriting relationship. She had much more refined piano skills, and I had a knack for words and melodies, so we started a beautiful time of music making.”
Naturally, what followed would be seeking out an opportunity to record these original songs. What began as a Facebook message to producer Ben Gowell led him to the release of his five-song EP on October 16. In September of 2011, David travelled to St. Paul, MN, where he spent a week co-writing with Christian writer and producer Nate Sabin. This past summer he spent time recording instrumentals and vocals for the EP.
“Vocal tracking in July was intense,” said Summers. “But [those I worked with] were so good at what they did. But beyond that, they really invested in my story and my heart so that they could play the record from my point of view.”
Hard copies of his EP are available for $5 from the Office of Spiritual Life, Campus Ministry Office or in his office. It is also available for digital download on iTunes, Amazon, Google Music Store and cdbaby.com. Summers also will perform a free EP release concert at 9 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Ballroom, hosted by the Loras College Activities Board and the Campus Ministry CORE Team. He will be backed by his band mates who will join him in performing music from the EP, other originals, and covers.
Summers’ EP is the product of his hard work, both in and out of the studio. But he sees the EP as the result of a God-given gift.
“That’s the thing about music—it is healing and holds us, but at some point, it is meant to be shared, like all our gifts,” said Summers. “That’s why I decided to record. Who am I to hold on to this God-given gift?”