The Summit is a nationally touring rock band from Cincinnati dedicated to quality song-writing and performing. Put together by former Grooveshire members, Chris Scott and Mike Hennel, The Summit is a rock ‘n’ roll super group exploding with some of the country’s most decorated musicians. Fresh from both publishing and licensing deals in Nashville, TN and Scott’s collaboration with former Cage the Elephant Guitarist and Talkbox Rodeo producer, Lincoln Parish, the song writing duo made their way back home during the fall of 2015 to begin writing a new batch of tunes with Cincinnati’s own songwriting duo, David Hefferon and Micah Hoosier. Magic instantly happened and the quartet quickly began polishing a whole new flare of soul inspired blues rock ‘n’ roll tunes very reminiscent of modern day song-writing genius, JJ Grey, fused with the vintage tones of iconic English rock bands such as Led Zeppelin, The Faces, and Humble Pie. In early 2016, the band hired accomplished pianist and heavy blues hitter, Chris Bentley, to provide a much needed B3 organ to the group’s unmatched eclectic sound.
The Summit rapidly gained overnight success during the spring of 2016 with their highly energized performances and were asked to tour with bands such as the Los Lonely Boys, The Band of Heathens, Tim Reynolds and TR3, Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown, Marc Ford, and The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band.
With the evolution of the band’s success came a record deal with Independent Ear (Universal Music Group/ILS). The Summit quickly began acquiring a national fan base and sparked the interest of some of the industry’s most recognizable entertainment companies. It was then that they decided to invite acclaimed soul-singing back-up vocalists, Da’Joy, to join the group on the road. Both Daria Acus and Melonie “Lady Joya” Kennedy were popular fixtures in Scott and Hennel’s previous rock outfit, Grooveshire. It’s a little Black Crowes, a little Humble Pie, and hell of a lot of soul! You may be able to recognize many of this band’s numerous influences in their amazing sound, but one thing’s for sure…you can’t fake soul and this band’s got soul!
The Summit left Cincinnati once again in November 2016 to begin recording their debut EP with engineer and co-producers Brook Sutton and Michael Rhodes (Tempest Music) at The Studio Nashville. The self-titled EP dropped worldwide under Independent Ear and the Universal Music Group in April of 2017. The EP features tracks by Big Machine (Cheap Trick, Cadillac Three, Taylor Swift) touring artist, Klaus Luchs and amazing multi-instrumentalist, Andrea Whitt (Shania Twain, Zucchero).
Meet the band
Christopher Bentley- Keys Mike Hennel- Drums
Chris Scott- Vocals/Harp Micah Hoosier- Guitar