Rival Summers is the Detroit raised, Nashville based pop outlet fronted by Leo Bautista.

Described as storyteller pop with heart, Bautista has cultivated a devoted fanbase around his uplifting songs and captivating live performances since forming in 2008.

Marked by sincerity and contagious positivity, Rival Summers has built a reputation for consistently delivering a polished product and drawing large numbers to both live shows and online platforms. The band has collected thousands of streams across an expansive catalogue of independently released records, a history of touring across the United States supporting acts like LIGHTS, The Rocket Summer, Mayday Parade, Family Force Five, and Aaron Gillespie, and featured performances at the Vans Warped Tour, SoFar Sounds, and Real Feels.

Riding the wave of the band’s full length album “Undeniable”, a crowdfunded full length album packed with hard-hitting anthems and radio-ready singles produced by Jesse Barrera (Tori Kelly,Tim Atlas, My American Heart), Rival Summers is aiming higher and branching further with plans of releasing new music in 2019. Always moving forward, Bautista is poised to be a shining voice setting the bar for what kind of impact real, earnest pop music can make. New single “Still Here” is to be released on Friday, September 6th.



“Rival Summers is an extension. I feel like the only way that art is impactful and the only way that art is important is if it’s an extension of who you are.”
– Leo Bautista, for Highlight Magazine (June 2016)

"Undeniable is a fully formed album layered with sunshine pop that will have you up and dancing in no time." – Under Bright Lights (April 2016)

Featured in Alternative Press MagazineHighlight Magazine


Arts, Beats, & Eats 2017 (Royal Oak, MI)
Vans Warped Tour 2010 + 2012


Successfully crowdfunded $10,000 on Kickstarter to independently release "Undeniable".

Original music featured on hit Freeform show "The Fosters" (Season 5, Ep. 4).


Undeniable (2016)
Where I Want To Be EP (2014)
Learning To Live (2012)
Days Like This EP (2010)
Blankets & Sheets EP (2010)
Ready When You Are (2009)

RIVAL SUMMERS has performed with

The Rocket Summer
House Of Heroes
Family Force 5
Betty Who
Aaron Gillespie
This Wild Life
He Is We


Licensing & Sync
Nicole Churchill

Artist & Management
Leo Bautista