Biography

“Two and a half years, it’s been since I started creating music and living my dreams under the name Rival Summers. I started this when I was only fifteen, and it’s crazy to think how many places I’ve seen, how many people I’ve met, and how much I’ve grown as a person and a musician since then. If it werent for Rival Summers, I wouldn’t be who I am now. I would have no direction and many people the people that I have in my life wouldn’t be if I had never started any of this. It’s really crazy to think about.

I’ve released three records. “Ready When You Are” is my first. The “Blankets & Sheets” EP is next, then “Days Like This”. All I ever really do is write about what’s going on in my life and it’s amazing what these songs have been able to do for me, but even more amazing what they’ve been able to do for so many others. Knowing that I’ve been able to touch people and make a difference in their lives with my songs is the reason I do what I do.

I’ve toured around and played hundreds of shows, much of which in the Metro Detroit area, as well as West Michigan and the Midwest and East Coast of the United States. I hope to tour around the entire country as well as Canada and everywhere else I possibly can within the near future, but if not sooner, at least in my lifetime. I meet so many great people and see so many great things and places out on tour and I know it’s where I belong.

I’ve been priviledge to be a part of the 2010 Warped Tour and I performed during the 2010 Take Action Tour Detroit date with We The Kings, Mayday Parade, A Rocket To The Moon, There For Tomorrow, and Call The Cops. I’ve also gotten the chance to share the stage and even become good friends with some of my heroes, including Chase Coy, Backseat Goodbye, Plug In Stereo, The Scene Aesthetic, The Color Fred, We Are The In Crowd, Craig Owens, Automatic Loveletter, Rookie Of The Year, among so many others.

I’ve got the best job I could ever ask for. I’m the luckiest kid in the world with the best job I could ever ask for. I know I’ve got a great future ahead of me. I’m living the dream, man. I’m so incredibly happy with the direction my life is going in.

If it weren’t for my fans, I wouldn’t be doing any of this so here’s the biggest, most sincere, and uncomplete thanks goes to them. I will never be able to truly show you my gratitude for the support. I appreciate it more than anything. The best I can do is never give up and work hard to live this dream and make ‘em proud.

This is only the beginning, and there’s nothing that will ever make me stop.”
-Leo Bautista



Edited by Sam_Cathcart on 21 Apr 2011, 02:44

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