Joey Summer

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COUNTRY: Brazil

STYLE: Melodic Hard Rock / AOR

PROFILE: Joey Summer comes from a greek descent but born in Brazil in 1971, in Rio de Janeiro, cultural capital of Brazil. Joey Summer is also actor and spent part of his teen years dedicating himself to this activity. The musical history of Joey already started in his childhood, encouraged by his mother, an opera singer, he learned to use his voice at a very youg age. After getting in contact with Rock music in his early teen years he started playing in bands and writing songs. Together with his brother Geremias he formed his first own band the age of 14. Over the course of the years Joey became a professional musician and songwriter. First signs of success could be seen with the Rock group “Karma” and the AOR band “Arena”. During their two-year existence “Arena” released one album and the band also marked the beginning of the partnership with keyboard player Daniel Lamas, who also contributed to Joey’s first solo album “Nascer”, a Rock record in his mother tongue Portuguese. Daniel was an integral part of “Written On The Horizon” as well.

With “Written On The Horizon” , his second solo album released in june 2010, Joey Summer now presents his first album with all English lyrics to a worldwide audience. Initial aid came from internationally renowned musicians & song writers, who contributed to the recordings in addition to the experienced Brazilian line-up of Daniel Lamas (keyboards), Markcell (bass) and Renan Martins (drums), that Joey has gathered around himself. The guest list includes Jaded Heart bass player Michael Müller performing on “Anymore”, a track penned by Michael Bormann. Together with brazilian bassist Julio Cezar, the Swedes Göran Edman (Street Talk, Yngwie Malmsteen, Glory) and Fredrik Bergh (Street Talk, Bloodbound), can be heard on their Street Talk song “Don’t Believe”. The duo has also provided another Street Talk track in the form of “Tables Turning”, which is included here in Joey’s own more rocking version. The fourth composition by others, “Rough Ride To Paradise”, was written by ex-Europe guitarist Kee Marcello and it nicely rounds out the album.

Joey’s own song writing skills are on a very high international level as well, as you can witness on his always catchy and Arena Rock ready tracks like the bombastic, hard rocking opener “Rise Up”, the anthemic title track “Written On The Horizon” and the extremely catchy “Lorea”, a song destined for radio airplay. “Beating” and “Brand New Day”, are two more midtempo rockers celebrating the classic AOR style of the 80s. The quieter moments are covered by “It’s Only Your Love” and “I’ll Never Be Alone Again”, two power ballads with a very slight touch of Latin sounds. In 2011 Joey Summer was invited to perform as singer in the song “Under Your Spell” in the brand new project of Frédéric Slama “AOR – Color os LA”.

The project was produced by Frédéric Slama and Tommy Denander and feats great names of AOR worldwide like: Philip Bardowell, David Foster, Steve Lukather, Jerry Hludzik (From Dakota), Joey Summer, Christian Tolle, Randy Goodrum, Steve Newman, Joe Pasquale, Michael Thompson, Rick Riso, Bill Champlin, David Diggs, Bruno Levesque, Michael Landau, David Williams, Vinnie Colaiuta, Brandon Fields among many others. The album will be out in january 17 2012. Now, Joey Summer provides probably his best album so far oriented to classic rock/hard rock and once again, with a few renowed names like Fredrik Bergh, Frédéric Slama (better known for his great albums releases under the band name “AOR”, Tommy Denander, also renowed producer and guitarist and the brazilian famous drummer with many years on the road Geraldo Abdo.

His brand new album “One Bite From Paradise”, comes to ratify the name of Joey Summer not only as a fine vocalist, but also as a skilled songwriter, plus a solid guitarist and clearly influenced in 80′s musicians like Bryan May, Neal Schon, John Sykes, Vangelis, and others.

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– Nascer [2009]
– Written On The Horizon [2010]
– One Bite From Paradise [2012]

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