Summer Osborne

Summer Osborne

BandFolkAcoustic

“Those who expect fluffy, nursery school jingles from Osborne will soon have their minds changed after hearing her music. The raspy-voiced singer, who hails from the woman-with-a-guitar, singer-songwriter school of cool girl musicians, is all rock and roll.”
~ Sarah Fentem
Vital Voice

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Biography

Summer Osborne writes and sings real music about real life. Her music is a venn diagram where folk soul, acoustic rock and piano pop intersect. Imagine if Phoebe Snow and Joss Stone had a love child…

When Vital Voice named the top 2010 St. Louis artists, Summer was the only musician, “Those who expect fluffy, nursery school jingles from Osborne will soon have their minds changed after hearing her music. The raspy-voiced singer, who hails from the woman-with-a-guitar, singer-songwriter school of cool girl musicians, is all rock and roll.”~ Sarah Fentem, Vital Voice. She has a commanding stage presence, zany humor, and a soulful delivery – her music is delightful to listen to and enlightening to feel.

Summer has been on stage since age four, but has been performing her original tunes for fans since 2005. During that time, lyrics and melodies have been continuously flowing through her, resulting in five albums. Songs From A Rolling Black Chair, Summer’s debut album, deals with the drama of coming out. Her sophomore release, Don’t Call Me Mrs. Osborne, is a “vanilla” production for the small farm community from whence she came. It’s About Damn Time, Summer’s third CD, features a transcendence of genres as she further honed her craft. Her fourth CD, Winter Driven Summer, describes her walk through the depths of her mother’s illness and eventual death. Summer’s latest CD, Revelation, is upbeat and infused with love. The sixth album is under construction and is expected to drop in June of 2011.

Since deciding to focus on her musical career (performing and writing) full time in 2009, Summer has been constantly on tour, doing shows at venues and festivals. She has played music at Pridefests all over the Mid-West US & Canada: Pridefest St. Louis (2005-2010); Halifax Pride - Nova Scotia, Canada (2010); Mid-South Pride - Memphis, TN (2005 & 2010); Springfield Pride - Springfield, MO (2009); Kentuckiana Pride - Lexington, KY (2009); Metro East Pride - Belleville, IL (2008). Summer has shared the stage with The Indigo Girls, God-Des and She, Tiffany, Jen Foster, Sugar Beach, The Cliks, Crystal Waters, Betty, Martha Wash, RJ Helton, Jennifer Holliday, Tret Fure, and Shannon Curtis.

Whether her audience is small and intimate or large and out of control, whether she is solo with her guitar and piano or backed by the band, as long as she has a microphone to carry her words, she always delivers. If you have a chance to see her live - it will prove to be a gift to be remembered. Her Mission for 2011 is Operation Infect the Nation ((with love)).

SEE YOU AT THE SHOW!!

Lyrics

Each Moment

Written By: Summer Osborne

I sit here on this bed I’ve made
And wonder where the time went
I look over my shoulder
Just to see the path I’ve worn

But my footprints have all disappeared
They’re swallowed up in darkness
I guess it’s no use trying
To retrace the miles I’ve gone

There’s no turning back the sands of time
No matter how hard I try
There’s no do-overs, there’s no rewinds

But I don’t have to know just where I’ve been
To get to where I wanna be
It all starts here right now with me

CHORUS
So I’m thankful for each night we lie
Together under restless skies
But more so when we wake up
And we look into each other’s eyes
And I know that this life holds for me
The love I give with all I need
So I’ll cherish every second
Like it was my last breath to breathe
Cuz each moment ends just
As it begins

My mama loved the way
The music made her world feel just like Heaven
Everywhere she went
She had a song to sing
And when the good lord finally called her home
He had a choir of angels
And when she took her place among them
I knew she wasn’t mine to keep
You never know just how much time is left
You never know just what you have
Until it’s gone, Sometimes too fast
But when the skies are turning shades of gray
I promise you amazing grace
And to more than love you every day

CHORUS
So I’m thankful for each night we lie
Together under restless skies
But more so when we wake up
And we look into each other’s eyes
And I know that this life holds for me
The love I give with all I need
So I’ll cherish every second
Like it was my last breath to breathe
Cuz each moment ends just
As it begins

A baby’s laugh
A hand to hold
A smile, a nod
A story told
My mother’s voice
A bed that’s warm
The calm that comes after the storm

I’ll walk this whole world’s wounded line
And take the good stuff every time
Cuz it’s in moments just like these
I feel the path inside of me

CHORUS
So I’m thankful for each night we lie
Together under restless skies
But more so when we wake up
And we look into each other’s eyes
And I know that this life holds for me
The love I give with all I need
So I’ll cherish every second
Like it was my last breath to breathe
Cuz each moment ends just
As it begins

Die From Within

Written By: Summer Osborne

When discrimination becomes tradition
When our father’s fathers and our children’s children
Fight diversity, tooth and nail
With cut-throat tactics and a bill of sale
When politics and religion stand above
When the ones we hide are the ones we love
And they’re kept outside because the word of god
Has been infiltrated by man’s own thought
When we still see unity as us and them
We won’t die from the cold outside…
We’ll die from within

When hide and seek prevails our pride
Then fighting for our country is suicide
When we see our neighbor and we see their need
But we slight their case on account of greed
We keep making the same mistakes
And we don’t know why
So we fall to our knees and we grovel and lie
Just to save our own ass from our stupid decisions
But we’re not too proud to make the first incision
Between the shoulder blades of our friends
We won’t die from the cold outside…
We’ll die from within

SPOKEN:
Columbine, Laramie, Oklahoma, NYC
We all heard the voices behind the cameras
Where “Oh my God…” was their instant reaction
And we all sat in front of our TV screens
Our bodies filled with all these feelings
Like fear and rage and deception
And how can one person cause such mass destruction
Just because one kid is different
Or one man resists
They take away their right to merely exist
But we do it every day
Just a little at a time
So it’s a lot less noticeable, but we’ll see over time

We see the bodies falling and the buildings burn
We’re not born with this shit – this shit is learned
We see the bodies falling and the buildings burn
We’re not born with this shit – this shit is learned

And mothers will cry as children will die
We sit alone and we wonder why
There was a Columbine, a Laramie, and Oklahoma, and NYC
When we see the damage
But we ignore the wind
We won’t die from the cold outside…
We’ll die from within

Savoir Faire

Written By: Summer Osborne

Pulling back all the curtains
Where the smoke is collecting
From the fire that’s burning
You’ve got something to explain here
Throwing asphalt into gutters
Stop the rain in the drain so it never really covers
What was fire proof anyway
But you’ve got nothing left to say

CHORUS
Well if it’s all the same to you
I’d rather leave things left unsaid
Because I’ve finally put this fire out in my head
And my feet are finally pointed in the right direction
Besides this savoir faire leaves a finer taste
Than the bitterness that’d put you right in your place
And I’d rather be on an upward swing
Than try to throw it back to you…
I’ve got better things to do

Stranger things have been known to
Break the borders and boundaries
Of places we would walk through
I guess it’s never really clear
But there’s no use in walking backwards
There’s a reason why you and I will never find the answers
Fitting circles into squares
It’s not right, and it’s unfair

But if it’s all the same to you
You could be water running through my hands
I’ll let it flow and let you go but don’t misunderstand
That this lesson will not go undeserving
Because this savoir faire leaves a finer taste
Than the bitterness that’d put you right in your place
And I’d rather be on an upward swing
Than try to throw it back to you…
I’ve got better things to do

I’m not interested in your repartee
Just see me as you want to see me and then walk away
You can complain, try to explain, entertain until you’re blue in the face
And I’d still be me…

So if you don’t mind I would rather leave things left unsaid
Because I’ve finally put this fire out in my head
And my feet are finally pointed in the right direction
Besides this savoir faire leaves a finer taste
Than the bitterness that’d put you right in your place
And I’d rather be on an upward swing
Than try to throw it back to you…
I’ve got better things to do

Discography

SONGS FROM A ROLLING BLACK CHAIR
1. My Story
2. I Will Not Go Quietly
3. Don’t Let This Be It
4. I’m Sorry
5. Sarcasm Works
6. Riley
7. Shaved My Head
8. You’ve Only Got One
9. Closer
10. I’m A Lesbian
11. The Center Cannot Hold

DON’T CALL ME MRS. OSBORNE
1. You’ve Only Got One
2. You Make Me Melt
3. Basic Elementary
4. Love You
5. Say You Want It Too
6. Closer
7. Don’t Let This Be It
8. Die From Within
9. Easier
10. The Center Cannot Hold

IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME
1. Better Lay Yourself Down
2. My Best Friend
3. It Must Suck To Be You
4. If I Died Tomorrow
5. Talk To Me
6. Rant
7. You Are Not Alone
8. Strange Town
9. Never Be The Same
10. Lesbian Woman
11. * Closer Remix*

WINTER DRIVEN SUMMER
1. I Feel The Wind
2. Lights Out
3. Crash
4. Fucked Up Tuesday
5. Watch Me Fall
6. I’m Tired
7. Or Do You
8. Fade
9. Crazy
10. Cryptic
11. Winter Driven Summer

REVELATION
1. I'm Back
2. Stay
3. Savoir Faire
4. Stand You Up
5. When I Pray
6. Written
7. Until You Breathe
8. I Want To Feel You
9. Each Moment
10. Kiss You While You Sleep
11. Lucky Star
12. Let Me Be Your Rock

Set List

Every show is specifically set up to match individual gig requirements. Summer's performances range from providing piano dinner music at elegant charity events - to acoustic shows at coffee houses - to intimate house parties - to loud, live shows with the full band at venues and festivals. The songs in the set list will be adapted to suit the audience.

Set Length: 30-90 minutes
Covers: All original music
Typical Repertoire: Solo Acoustic (piano and guitar) or Full Live Band. R & B songs are performed with a track.

Genre: Folk Soul * Acoustic Rock * Piano Pop * Singer/Songwriter * Adult Contemporary * Modern Country
Most songs have a hint of blues or jazz.