A steadfast and soulful young lady, she lets her heart do the writing and her voice tell the story. She’s country steeped in soul, in the spirit of the female pioneers of those genres. But don’t etch those labels in stone anywhere. Her music education started with her grandfather’s record collection, relics of a time past in the modern world, but captivating to her musical “old soul.”
At 15, Payton made the move to Nashville with a few bandmates and a dream. Writing by day and performing in the honky tonks of lower broadway to pay rent, Payton received a smoky bar first hand education into how to be an entertainer. A year later, Payton’s family decided to follow their daughter to Music City, where she’s continued to develop her soulful sound as a country music singer-songwriter.
Payton has spent the past six years learning from some of the best songwriters and producers in the industry, including Wade Kirby (George Strait’s No. 1 “I Saw God Today,” Blake Shelton’s No. 1 “Doin’ What She Likes”) and Phil O’Donnell (George Strait’s No. 1 “Give It All We Got Tonight,” Clay Walker’s “She Won’t Be Lonely Long”). She has also opened for Charlie Daniels and was invited to the Grand Ole Opry stage by William Michael Morgan.
Grounded in the strong familial bond she has and the music heritage she was raised on, she brings a refreshing voice to her music that is resolute, both on and off stage.