Randy Travis Helps Teen Reach Her Country Singing Dream


Summer Franklin is just your average freshman at Celina High School in Celina, Texas.

She was freshman homecoming princess, sings in the school choir, and is a member of the varsity basketball team. She looks like a normal high school student, but wait until you hear her sing!

She dreams of becoming the next big thing in Nashville, and she’s well on her way because of a certain legendary singer, Randy Travis.

Franklin’s father, Scott, owns Bobcat Chiropractic and last year, Randy Travis became a patient. Scott and Randy struck up a friendship and began making trips to Randy’s out-of-state properties, and Summer accompanied the men.

“I remember going to [Randy’s] house after one of my soccer games and he had some of his friends over and they were all singing,” she tells starlocalmedia.com. “We sang [Lady Antebellum’s] ‘American Honey’ at his house”.

Those friends were country legends Tanya Tucker and Charley Pride.

Once Summer realized that she wanted to be a country music singer, Randy began doing everything in his power to help her achieve that dream.

He offered his Nashville home to Summer and Scott while they were in the city pursuing producers and record labels.

Randy also arranged for the father-daughter duo to attend a show at the Grand Ole opry and were brought onstage by The Oak Ridge Boys the night they were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Because of Travis’ connections, she was able to record a couple songs. Last spring, she returned to Nashville to record her EP, Getting Ready To Fly, which includes covers of Dixie Chicks’ “Travelin’ Soldier” and “The House That Built Me” by Miranda Lambert.

Summer’s EP is available on Spotify, Amazon and iTunes. We’re sure this isn’t the last we’ve heard of her. She’s so talented! 

Listen to Summer’s version of “House That Built Me” below.

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