Payton Taylor. 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.
With her smart and soulful take on the music that moves her, she is poised to make an indelible impression on the city she loves. Music City has it’s next game changer in this young lady.
Payton Taylor, born January 29, 1997, grew up in South Jersey and developed an “old soul” through listening to her grandfather’s favorite records as a child. In 2013, Payton convinced her family to make the move to Music City, where she’s continued to develop her soulful sound as a country music singer-songwriter. Earlier this year, Payton was featured as an artist on American Idol after appearing only to accompany her younger sister on acoustic guitar. After hearing Payton’s rendition of “Angel From Montgomery,” the judges’ suspicions were confirmed and both sisters were offered their own golden ticket. Her performance was featured by Good MorningAmerica, Billboard, HollywoodReporter,Taste of Country, and Sounds Like Nashville.