Team Summer has lost a dear friend. Michael Johns, an American Idol runner-up in 2008, died suddenly this past Friday from an apparent blood clot. He was 35 years old.
Michael was very special to Summer Dale, the founder of Team Summer. When a family friend arranged for Summer to fly to Los Angeles to watch an American Idol show live in 2012, Michael Johns came to our hotel room ahead of time and put on a special concert just for Summer! I can still remember his gentle, shy smile; and, of course, Summer was completely enchanted! Here’s the video I took that day – Heart on My Sleeve.