Isabella Summers

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Isabella Summers
Isabella Summers at Dean St Studios, 2011
Background information
Birth nameIsabella Janet Florentina Summers
Also known asIsa Machine
Born (1980-10-31) 31 October 1980 (age 38)
Hackney, England
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • producer
  • remixer
Years active2008–present
LabelsUniversal Publishing
Associated acts

Isabella Janet Florentina Summers[1][2] (born 31 October 1980) is an English musician, singer, songwriter, producer, remixer and member of English indie rock band Florence and the Machine. As well as being the keyboard player for the group, Summers has five co-writing credits[3] on the critically acclaimed, BRIT Award-winning Lungs[4] and three on the album Ceremonials. She has three songs on the album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful: "Delilah", "How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful" and "Which Witch", including two productions on the deluxe version.

When not on tour with Florence and the Machine, Summers writes, produces and remixes tracks for artists including Beyoncé, Juliette Lewis, Iggy Azalea, Jasmine Thompson, Nas, Cara Delevingne, Izzy Bizu, Pablo Dylan, Mondo Cozmo, Kacy Hill, Jessica Simpson, Chloe and Halle, Flux Pavilion, Maxine Ashley, Rita Ora, Judith Hill, and The Game.


Summers lived her first nine years in London, and met Florence Welch as the young Summers would babysit Welch's younger sister Grace. When Summers was nine, her family moved to Aldeburgh, Suffolk. There Summers attended Woodbridge School[5] and in her teenage years got an interest in music by spending evenings with fishermen's sons "who would smoke a ton of weed and listen to hip-hop."[6]

For her university years, Summers moved back to London, where she would get a fine arts degree at Central Saint Martins. In the meantime she bought a set of DJ mixers to learn how to mix, while also doing side jobs such as being a runner for Top of the Pops and transcriptions and film digitising for Alan Parker.[5] Soon she was working with Dan Greenpeace on his 'All City Show' radio show on XFM London, an experience that led Summers to buy her first MPC which was installed at the cupboard of her shared flat. With the help of a friend she started a studio in a former plastics factory at Crystal Palace, and began making hip hop.[6] During this time, Summers worked with, amongst others, Kashmere, The Iguana Man, IRS Crew, MBC Crew, Inja and The Last Skeptic. She would also have meetings with Welch during DJ work and art school, as Welch was attending the Camberwell College of Arts.[7]

As Summers was hired to remix songs by the band Ludes, Welch became a more common sight at her studio given she was dating Ludes' guitarist Matt Alchin, and even impressed Summers with her singing. One day, as Summers got into a creative rut and thought of writing pop music with a woman, she invited Welch to write songs with her.[7] Following a day joining Summers' beats with Welch's lyrics, soon they were creative partners, with Welch nicknaming Summers "Isabella Machine" for her electronic music skills.[5] This led to their performing together for a time under the name Florence Robot/Isa Machine. The project was renamed Florence and the Machine as according to Welch "that name was so long it'd drive me mad."[8]


Year Artist Track Album Role(s) Label Note
Writer Producer
2009 Florence and the Machine Are You Hurting the One You Love Lungs Yes Island Records
Between Two Lungs Yes Yes
Cosmic Love Yes Yes Also remixed with DJ Lexxx Remix
Dog Days Are Over Yes Yes
Falling Yes Yes
Ghosts Yes
Hardest of Hearts Yes
Hospital Beds Yes
I'm Not Calling You a Liar Yes Yes
2011 Florence and the Machine All This And Heaven Too Ceremonials Yes Island Records
Breath of Life Yes Yes Digital deluxe bonus track
No Light, No Light Yes
Remain Nameless Yes Yes Digital deluxe bonus track
Ivan Ink 'n' Isa Caught In Symmetry Ivan Ink 'n' Isa - EP Yes Yes Brink Records
Lover's Kiss Yes Yes
Silver Or Lead Yes Yes
Standing On A Hill Yes Yes
2012 Dia Frampton Bullseye Red Yes Yes Universal Republic
Florence and the Machine Breath of Life Snow White and the Huntsman Yes Yes Island Records
Sam Sparro Shades of Grey Return to Paradise Yes EMI
2013 Angel Haze Rose Tinted Suicide Dirty Gold Yes Yes Island Records
2014 LP Forever For Now Forever For Now Yes Yes Warner Bros. Records
Some day Yes Yes
Road To Ruin Yes Yes
Iggy Azalea Trouble (featuring Jennifer Hudson) Reclassified Yes Virgin EMI Records
The Game (et al.) Don't Shoot Single Yes Yes Multiple labels Feat. Diddy, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, DJ Khaled, and others.
2015 Florence and the Machine Delilah How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful Yes Island Records
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful Yes Yes Includes deluxe edition demo credit.
Which Witch Yes Yes
Flux Pavilion Never See the Light feat. Andrea Martin Tesla Yes Yes Circus Recordings
Katharine McPhee Hysteria Hysteria Yes Yes N/A
Burn Yes Yes
Lick My Lips Yes Yes
Don't Need Love Yes Yes
Isa Machine and LP Torch Rock the Kasbah Yes Yes Varèse Sarabande
2018 Ian Hultquist and Isabella "Machine" Summers Rage Assassination Nation Yes Yes Lakeshore Records


  1. ^ American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) IPI no. 565587995
  2. ^ "Isabella Janet Florentina Summers - Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  3. ^ "Florence + The Machine* – Lungs". Retrieved 13 May 2011.
  4. ^ "Florence And The Machine's 'Lungs' finally tops UK albums chart". NME. UK. 17 January 2010. Retrieved 13 May 2011.
  5. ^ a b c Aldeburgh: Florence and the Machine writer set to release new music Archived 26 August 2014 at the Wayback Machine, EADT
  6. ^ a b Shannon, Aideen. "Isabella Summers". 1883, June 2012
  7. ^ a b Howe, Zoe (2012). Florence + The Machine: An Almighty Sound. Music Sales Group. ISBN 9781780385136.
  8. ^ Bell, Sean (26 July 2009). "A piece of my mind: Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine". The Herald. Herald & Times Group. Retrieved 8 January 2014.

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