About

Mark, Talley, and Paul Summerlin

Summerlin Song Machine makes music for ears and feet, hearts and voices, radio and TV, film and arenas. Whether you need songs that are placement-ready, a collaborative team to get the most out of a project in process, or production guidance to bring an idea to life, SSM is your secret weapon for the studio or the stage.

The Summerlin Brothers (MarkPaul, and Talley) grew up singing in church choirs, playing in school bands, performing in little theater musicals, and honing their skills on yard-sale instruments. They have always written songs, put on shows, and engaged audiences from garages, to clubs, to arenas.

While some of them were still teenagers, they founded a modern rock band called BE.  After a decade as central figures in a thriving live music scene in the college town of Fayetteville, Arkansas, the band relocated to Dallas, TX. Their self-produced, sixth and final album, Thistupidream, was nominated for “Album of the Year” in the Dallas Music Awards and was one of the best-reviewed independent albums of 2001.

BE’s music has been featured on Jerry Bruckheimer’s Emmy-nominated Without A Trace and CBS’ number-one daytime drama The Young and the Restless. BE reluctantly played its final official show in August of 2002, but that hasn’t slowed the brothers down.

Mark Summerlin is currently lead guitarist, backing vocalist and music director for Grammy-winning artist SEAL, a position he’s held since 2008.

Mark has not only performed for fans of intelligent pop music on every continent except Antarctica, but also heads of state, giants of industry, and Hollywood greats. Recent highlight moments include playing The Beatles’ “Something in the Way She Moves” for the BBC’s Live From Abbey Road TV series and performing some of SEAL’s biggest hits for President Bill Clinton.

He also played on SEAL’s sixth studio album, the David Foster-produced Commitment, and co-wrote three of the collection’s tracks, including the single, “Weight of My Mistakes,” a song that also served as the theme music for the Oprah Winfrey Network’s original series Breaking Down the Bars.

Paul Summerlin is currently a full-time touring musician for Grammy-winning pop artist SEAL (yes, he and Mark are still in a band together after all these years). He plays bass, keyboards, and provides backing vocals on tour.

In addition to having a Master’s degree in Conducting and Composition, Paul is an accomplished composer, producer, songwriter, conductor, audio engineer, and multi-instrumentalist. His perfect pitch and experience with diverse musical styles make him a sought-after collaborator.

His orchestral arrangements have supported SEAL on the BBC series Live From Abbey Road and the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, December, 2012, as well as producer Adam McInnis’ American Idol contestant Stephanie Daulong. Paul’s compositions have appeared in Brush Fire Films’ TV series Genesis of Healing and are frequently used to enhance experimental films on Vimeo.

Talley Summerlin writes songs about protest, possibility, life as it is, and the world as it could be. He is currently promoting his first solo EP, the “lushly produced and introspective” Shake the Gates, released in summer 2012.

His lyrics have been called intelligent but passionate, personal but worldly, melancholy but hopeful. His voice has been called bittersweet. He writes intense songs that also happen to be melodic as all hell.

Mark produced the new EP and Paul contributed vocals and keys. Basic tracks were recorded by Andy Sharp whose previous credits include engineering and production assistance for Sheryl Crow, Spoon, and Blue October. The drumming of Chris Searles – formerly with Shawn Colvin and Ian Moore, now on tour with Alejandro Escovedo – is a solid, steady highlight of each track.

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