Looking Back at 2016

Merry Christmas (a few days early) to you! I have so much to tell you about in this e-mail because a lot of exciting things are happening as 2016 comes to a close. Ready? Here goes! I'm ecstatic to announce the release of my new EP, Firefly. It features four new original songs I've have been working on for the past few months. Firefly was produced in Nashville by Dean Miller (son of country music legend Roger Miller) and was recorded at OmniSound. Something about the new EP that is so exciting is that the fiddle and mandolin player on the tracks is Jenee Fleenor. She plays with some of the biggest names in country music, Blake Shelton! Having somebody of her caliber involved in this project was an amazing experience. I'm hoping Firefly is as well-received as my first EP, Getting Ready To Fly. I felt so blessed when I released that first EP in 2015 because it ended up spending twelve weeks at the top of the European and International Music Country Artist Chart. Three months at number one was far more than I ever expected! I also recently recorded a Christmas single called Eternal Gifts. Christmas is a holiday that is so near-and-dear to my heart and I feel so fortunate to be able to express in a song such a deeply personal message. You can get an autographed physical copy of that single from the store right here on my website! I've had a lot of people purchase 8x10 photographs from my website, some of them signed personally by me. So a couple of days ago I decided to add a whole new batch of pictures to the website store. These are some of my favorite shots from a recent photo shoot I did! I hope you like them. So that is just some of what has been keeping me busy as 2016 comes to a close. Of course I've also been tied up with school, basketball, cross country, and track. And, as always, I find time in my life for God. I've been doing a lot with my church youth group and I've been singing when asked to take part in specials at church. To be honest, I have so much to be grateful for as we head into the new year. I have a wonderful family and friends. I've been blessed with incredibly supportive fans like you. Country music artists like Randy Travis and the Oak Ridge Boys have also been supportive by giving me their personal endorsements. It has been a great year for sure! And YOU are awesome! Thanks...Merry Christmas & Happy New Year...and God bless, Summer Franklin

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