Summer Walker is one of music‘s most exciting new artists, fusing raw emotion and honesty into her unique R&B style. Here‘s an in-depth look at this fast-rising talent.
|Full Name||Summer Marjani Walker|
|Birthday||April 11, 1996|
Summer Marjani Walker was born on April 11, 1996 in Atlanta, Georgia. She had a difficult upbringing, living in poverty with a mother who struggled with mental illness. As an escape, Walker turned to music, teaching herself to play guitar and piano through YouTube videos.
After gaining an Instagram following from viral song covers, Walker caught the attention of LoveRenaissance (LVRN) records, who signed her in 2017. She released her breakout EP Last Day of Summer in 2018, led by the intimate hit "Girls Need Love."
"Music became an outlet for Walker, who is mostly self-taught. She learned to play guitar and piano by watching YouTube videos."
Her Rapid Rise to Fame
Walker‘s debut album Over It arrived in October 2019, debuting at #2 on the Billboard 200. The lead single "Playing Games" peaked at #2 on the R&B chart, making Walker the first female artist to top the R&B charts with a debut song since 2010.
Over It earned acclaim for its raw, honest portrayal of Walker‘s personal struggles with self-worth, relationships, and mental health. She sings candidly over minimalist, moody R&B production. Rolling Stone called it "the most intimate portrait of black womanhood in decades."
In 2020, Walker earned 4 Grammy nominations including Best New Artist. She took home Best R&B Album for Over It, cementing her status as the most exciting new R&B talent.
What Makes Summer Walker So Special
Her voice – Walker has a feathery, intimate vocal tone layered with vulnerability. She packs huge emotion into subtle delivery.
Her songwriting – Lyrically raw and revealing, Walker lays her insecurities bare. She fearlessly addresses taboo topics like sexuality and mental health.
Her style – Effortlessly blending R&B, soul, hip-hop, pop, and jazz, Walker has cultivated a genre-defying sound that is entirely her own.
Her mystique – Extremely private, Walker is happy letting the music speak for itself. She cultivates an intriguing air of mystery.
"Summer Walker is the embodiment of young talent meets seasoned soul. She bares her insecurities through heartfelt lyrics and timeless vocals."
5 Fascinating Facts About Summer Walker
- She taught herself guitar and piano by watching YouTube tutorials.
- Her stage name nods to the seasons, the opposite of her birth name Summer.
- She launched her own label, Summer Walker Entertainment, in 2019.
- She‘s collaborated with Drake, Wizkid, PARTYNEXTDOOR, and Usher.
- She became a first-time mom in 2021.
Summer Walker represents the best of R&B‘s future, with raw emotion and refreshing vulnerability. Her one-of-a-kind artistry shows immense promise, and this is surely just the beginning of her glowing career.