Rigby Summer is an emerging, Oklahoma-based songwriter. She weaves an Americana soundscape that reflects the road she’s traveled, from her Kansas City jazz upbringing to the beach pop of her former home in southern California to the red dirt roots of her current home in Stillwater. Those cross-country moves and life-changes put music on the back burner in recent years, but she has now come into her own, giving these songs new life.
While her influences range from Mary Chapin Carpenter to The Frames, Sia Furler to Johnny Cash, her sound often draws comparisons to Ingrid Michaelson and Peggy Lee–a little modern, a little old-fashioned, always earnest.
In 2017, after a five-year hiatus from performing music, she founded the monday@modella songwriter pop-up, and started sharpening her musical teeth, slowly carving a niche for herself in the Oklahoma scene. Recent honors include Honorable Mention in the 2017 Woody Guthrie Festival Songwriting Contest and invitations to join Norman Music Festival 2018, Bob Childers’ Gypsy Café 2018 and Women of Woodyfest 2018.
Meanwhile, Nadia credits the songs themselves for her return to the stage. “When I see the audience’s reaction to a lyric I’ve been given, I realize this isn’t about me. It’s about the songs and the power of words to connect us. I decided I had an obligation to bring these songs into the world.”