The Sum

The Sum

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Who: Moody Pop Rock ** When: dusk ** Where: a random smoky subway station **What: sporting a hopeful smile ///// Blending sounds of retro rock, jazz, folk and pop, The Sum hones in on the deeper places of life and orchestrates hope in such a way you'd swear you could physically see it. Seriously.

Biography

The Sum is an independent Athens-based band whose vibe is pleasing a wide span of music listeners with diverse tastes. Their fresh and captivating sound draws a vast array of people from different walks of life, and the thought-provoking, hope-inspiring message they deliver relates to everyone on a very personal level. Songs with soaring melodies, introspective lyrics, and deep-rooted hook capture their listeners’ hearts and minds, leaving them with a memorably moving experience.

Husband and wife team, Chris and Felicity Combs, founded The Sum in the early months of 2005. For the two of them it was an arrival at a sound they worked towards for nearly 6 years. Combining retro rock, jazz, folk, and melodic pop, The Sum cultivates a lively and intensely deep sound led by piano and guitar, topped with the graceful, soul-filled voice of Felicity Combs. “It’s taken some blood, sweat, tears and years of uncomfortable sowing and pruning till we found a feel that felt like home.” No easy task for two musicians who previously led the show on their own. “Many a fang and a claw have been bared on the way here, but it was worth the long haul, and we’re very excited about this sound that has resulted in The Sum.”

Felicity, a native of Athens, Georgia, began her musical endeavors at an early age. Her father was a Gospel Singer/Songwriter in the 80’s. At five years old she recorded a song with him, “Felicity’s Faith”, that went on to receive radio play on hundreds of radio stations worldwide, and managed to hold the number one spot on regional radio charts for almost two months straight. Six years old and eager to perform, she toured with her father’s band, singing for churches, festivals, and television shows across the Southeast. Her parents wanted to further encourage her interest in music, so she began taking piano lessons at seven years old, and continued her classical training for twelve years, receiving superior scores in competitions as a teenager. She also brought home regional awards from classical voice and thespian high school competitions, and was selected for the GA All-State Chorus for six consecutive years.
Although immersed in classical music, Felicity found a rivaling love for the sounds of pop culture. Listening to such artists as Neil Diamond, Jim Croce, Richard Marx, Keith Green, The Beatles, and her Father, she was fascinated by the world of songwriting. By the age of eleven she was working on her own collection of melodic musings, and through her years of musical creation and performance, she has found songwriting to be her most vivacious of musical passions.

Chris, originally from Virginia, was raised on bluegrass and country music in a family that boasted their own musical successes. His father, the late Roger Combs, played guitar for such country music pioneers as Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, and George Jones. Chris began his own musical journey at just three years old, armed with a couple of plastic drumsticks and a “smurfs” drum set. He continues to play drums to this day, but at age thirteen he realized his REAL musical love was in the form of an old electric guitar . With only a few pointers from his father, Chris embarked on his self-taught adventure of conquering the guitar. Pulling his influences mainly from the realm of rock music, he mastered the riffs of 80’s guitar rockers like Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, and Yngwie Malmsteen. Esteemed as a musical prodigy by seasoned musicians all over the Southeast, Chris was playing circles around guitar veterans of 30+ years by the time he was fourteen. His “chops” outshined (and upset) many a player at live shows who seniored Chris by at least 20 years. His father began showcasing his musical talents in bars when he was seven, and he’s been playing for audiences ever since. In high school, he began writing songs for his band, and they in turn started doing shows around Athens, GA, creating quite a buzz in the Athens music scene. His band packed out such famous music venues as the 40 watt and the Georgia Theater.

In January of 2001, Chris and Felicity not only united their lives in marriage, but also united their musical ideas and abilities. With 40+ collective years of songwriting and performing experience under their belts, they began working on a sound that eventually became “The Sum”, a new chapter in their music-making that is steadily growing it’s realm of influence. Their most recent accolade came in the June ’07 issue of CCM Magazine with an unexpected rave CD review, getting the attention of music industry insiders. Their debut CD, “Everyone”, received a whopping four and a half out of five stars, and was celebrated for it’s rich musical and lyrical content.

Many people believe that music is one of the most powerful forms of communication. A song can evoke such strong emotions and thoughts, positive or negative. It’s the ultimate invasive median for communicating a message. As for The Sum’s message, they play songs about real

Lyrics

Black Mountain

Written By: Chris & Felicity Combs

Goodbye, Sunshine
Hello, Black Mountain
Your sullen sky is a dried up fountain Light seems miles away
veiled by your gray
Your roots grow deep
life fades away

Harvester,
Would you uproot this pain
Spring water though my veins
I need you, I need you,
I need you now.
Harvester,
Would you uproot this shame
Come, lift me from the blame
That I know so, I know so well.

Vision of the day is fading
In my mind the shadows parading
cast a solemn hue,
but in my view
A hope cascades, illuminates.

Harvester,
Would you uproot this pain
Spring water though my veins
I need you, I need you,
I need you now.
Harvester,
Would you uproot this shame
Come, lift me from the blame
That I know so, I know so well.

Fool's Gold

Written By: Felicity & Chris Combs

Who said it would be easy
Don’t say it one more time to me
Carefree, nothing but breezy
So eloquent and deceiving

It’s gotta be more than what’s in it for me

Hear the run-down cry of the weary
Bliss is not always a choice
When the dark clouds,
heavy and dreary
Overcast a hopeful voice

Then it’s gotta be more than what’s in it for me

Ever-steady flow of wine and endless laughter
Don’t set your sights on the fool’s gold
For the blood-bearing season
is a grounds for treason
When you set your sights on the fool’s gold

Everyone

Written By: Felicity & Chris Combs

Today I sat down to write a happy song
A feel-good song with pen and paper and butterflies
But as I set out to make us all feel fine
Something just feels wrong
Where went my sunny day, the laughing face,
No cheery words I have to say to
Everyone’s so scared to love you
Afraid to lose what’s better in their minds
So they go on and on without you
They wear a smile with the saddest eyes

In the shining brilliance of the light that reveals all things what do you see, tell me what you see
All the people living their own lives,
Buying their own time
But where is the selfless life, the peace inside,
the sacrifice,
Nowhere in sight ‘cause
Everyone’s so scared to love you
Afraid to lose what’s better in their minds
So they go on and on without you
They wear a smile with the saddest eyes

Clutching, white-knuckled,
holding hard to what they’ve got, to what they’ve got.
But what they’ve got, it’s slowly dissipating

Everyone’s so scared to love you
Afraid to lose what’s better in their minds
So they go on and on without you
They wear a smile with the saddest eyes
Everyone’s so scared to love you
Afraid to lose what’s better in their minds
Will they go on and on without you
‘Cause they wear a smile with the saddest eyes

Everyone’s so scared to love you
Afraid to lose what’s better in their minds

Best of Me

Written By: Felicity & Chris Combs

Ring-a-ling, Ring-a-ling
Trouble's callin' me
And I know you'll never,
you'll never leave me be
Think you've got figured out,
think you've figured me
You should know by now
I don't bow out so easily

You can come sneakin,
or you can come screamin
but you won't get what you want;
The best of me.

Layin low, oh no,
That won't be me
So here I am, take a swing
Cause you don't scare me
Bring it on, bring it on
Won't ya come and see
What a runt of a rise
you get out of me.

You can come sneakin,
or you can come screamin
but you won't get what you want;
The best of me.

Come on, come on, come on,
Won't you try me
Come on, come on, come on.
Come on, come on, come on,
Won't you try me
Come on, come on, come on.
Come on, come on, come on.

You can come sneakin,
or you can come screamin
but you won't get what you want;
The best of me.

Discography

EP: "Everyone," release date- March 2007

Set List

We have a slew of songs we can and do play...but, here's a list of some songs that we interchange in our current sets:

ORIGINALS:
Black Mountain
Everyone
Fool’s Gold
Girl
Go Dirty
Hope Will Grow
I Wanna Know You
Just For You
Long Gone
Let It Go
My Time To Fly
Never Fails
Nothin Like Empty
Open Eyes
Pressure
Rollin
Today
Who Can We Blame
Your Mercy
I Could Be Your Hero
The Sea Song

COVERS:
Ain’t No Sunshine
Can’t Buy Me Love
Hard Times
I Won’t Back Down
It’s Now of Never
King Of Pain
Make You Feel My Love
People Get Ready
Slow Dancin in a Burnin Room