|This Brazil, Indiana native is
self-taught on guitar, piano, and drums influenced by the best in country, R&B,
rock & roll, and blues. Expressing a raw and
of rock & roll, Henry always adds his own voice and style.|
Summer recorded his first single, "Sweet Love," in 1982 and put
out three more original songs on various samplers. Majestic released his first
full-length album, Stay With Me, in 1984. It sold over a half million copies and
was followed by Time for Big Fun in 1986. CBS also released three albums of his
during the '80s. Summer signed with Epic in 1987 and released a self-titled
album in 1988, followed by two more albums every two years. 1989 saw "I've
Got Everything" emerge. In 1990 Henry entertained at Farm Aid IV. "Way
Past Midnight" was released in 1991.
Somebody Loves You," a single, was released by Sony in 1991, and in 1993,
Sony released Slamdunk featuring several favorites on it, including "The
Boys and the Girls Are Doin' It" and "Forever Just Ain't What It Used
to Be." Summer's next big CD came out in June 1999, released by Moon Pie.
Mirrors was a rock & roll fan's delight of all new lyrics and sounds, an
eclectic mixture of Summer's songwriting that represented his 25 years of
writing for and being in front of an enthusiastic audience. His sales over the
years have topped well over the million mark. This has given him the opportunity
to be a support act for artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eddie Money,
Chicago, and Richard Marx. Although most of his touring is in Indiana, he has
appeared on the Arsenio Hall Show and Late Show With David Letterman. He also
married and raised four children during this period, and successfully supported
himself and family with music since he was 17.
During the hot, humid month of August 1999, Summer took three nights and
recorded a two-CD set of his greatest hits, titled Live. He was successful in
creating an album that left listeners feeling they were actually there, using
his improvisational skill to develop a passionate and intimate musical blending
with his listeners.
In September 2001, Big Drum was self-released, featuring his band that
capturing the fun, spirit, and passion of the music. Presenting an array of
styles on the album, Summer tops it off with "Prime of Life," an
autobiographical peek into his life.
2001 Big Drum
1999 Smoke and
1991 Way Past Midnight
1989 I've Got
1987 Henry Lee Summer
1985 Time for Big Fun