Summer Brooke & Mountain Faith
Summer Brooke & Mountain Faith

Summer Brooke & Mountain Faith

About Summer Brooke & Mountain Faith

Placing equal emphasis on their music and their spiritual beliefs, Summer Brooke & Mountain Faith are a Christian bluegrass band hailing from Sylva, North Carolina. The group first came together in 2000 under the name Mountain Faith, with bassist Sam McMahan playing alongside two of his children, Summer Brooke McMahan on fiddle and vocals and Brayden McMahan on banjo. For years, Mountain Faith were a regional act, playing bluegrass festivals in North Carolina and the surrounding area, with Sam supporting the family with a combination tire shop and convenience store he co-owned with his brother. (Summer and Brayden would go on to work at the store, too.) The group also included guitarists Luke Dotson and John Robert Morgan, the latter a cousin of the McMahan family.

In 2011, Mountain Faith participated in the annual talent competition at the South Carolina bluegrass festival RenoFest, where the band came in third place. That same year, the group released its first album, Save Me, through the Crossroads Records label. A second album, Battlefield, followed in 2013, and in 2014 Cory Piatt joined Mountain Faith on mandolin. In 2015, Mountain Faith experienced a major breakthrough when they were selected to appear on the television series America's Got Talent, where their interpretation of OneRepublic's "Counting Stars" was seen by a nationwide audience. Mountain Faith made it to the competition's semifinals, and while they were eliminated after playing a cover of the Weeknd's "Can't Feel My Face," by the end of the year they had landed a contract with Mountain Fever Records, which released their album That Which Matters.

In 2016, Dotson and Morgan were out of the group, and Nick Dauphinais became their guitarist. As Summer Brooke McMahan was increasingly singled out for attention in coverage of the group, they opted to change their billing to Summer Brooke & Mountain Faith; the new name appeared on their August 2017 album, Small Town Life, which included the single "Umbrella." The initial release of the album was in a Special Acoustic Edition, which featured the group performing in traditional bluegrass style, while two months later the album was issued in a variant edition, with added percussion and keyboards giving the material a contemporary country spin.

    Sylva, NC

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