A joyful amalgamation of sparkling Pop/Rock, New Country and Contemporary worship, Sommer's inaugural release will draw instant comparisons to artists like Kari Jobe, Mia Fieldes, Laura Story and The Band Perry's Kimberly Perry. Fan favorites include the celebratory "Children of God," the fun and encouraging Pop-Country anthem, "Drop and Run," and the gently meandering confessional ballad, "I Need You."
Sommer allows her natural effervescence to shine through on the exuberant "Ray of Light," and reveals her vulnerable heart in the lovely and poignant "Stronger," a song she wrote for a friend battling leukemia. Her peace-evoking Contemporary Worship hymn, "How You Love Me," could easily become a staple in churches services across the country with its lovely chorus: "You are worthy, worthy/ I fall down at Your feet crying holy, holy/ Your love is all I need and Your beauty takes my breath away from me."
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A Summery Outlook| Posted November 15, 2016
Sommer Floyd is a new artist with a sound reminiscent of a young Lee Ann Womack. With her sweet, innocent vocals, one might not realize the depth of life experience that Floyd has.
While she has all the credentials of an All American (honor roll student, gifted athlete, beauty queen and cheerleader), Sommer is the first to admit she has made her share of mistakes. It is from this place that Floyd's songwriting shines. She explains, "putting my brokenness on paper helped to get me through the hard times, and the lyrics started to turn into worship."
Listeners will explore joy in the title track, be uplifted with "Let it Rain" and "Little Boy," get drawn into the worshipful "I Need You" and join in praise on "He is Good." In "He is Good," Floyd gives us a glimpse of her story as well as her response of praise: "He is good / He's so good / He's the master of creation / He carries you and me. / He is good / He's so good / The Fulfiller of the empty / The sound of joyful praise."
"Great is Thy Faithfulness" is the only song on the album that Floyd didn't write. With tender acoustic guitar picking and gentle strings, the arrangement of this classic hymn allows Floyd's heart to be heard. She sings as though this song has brought her personal strength and resolve.
Because there is much to applaud about Floyd's first studio album, one can only imagine what the future will bring: perhaps more confidence and strength in her vocals and phrasing, and more of the genuineness she so honestly and vulnerably writes with already.
Ray of Light is masterfully produced by multi-Dove Award winning Steven V. Taylor (Michael W. Smith, Matt Redman, Veggie Tales) and was recorded at the renowned Dark Horse Studios. It is available to buy now on Floyd's website at sommerfloyd.com.
The Bottom Line: Sommer Floyd's sound is young and fresh. Her upbeat yet poignant songs inspire a summery outlook that's sure to brighten the airwaves.