Just like most girls her age, Payton Klassen manages family, school work, horseback riding, friends, and sports. Unlike her peers, however, Klassen also juggles her songwriting and performance schedule.
This 17-year-old’s stage presence and vocal talent have led her to perform a cappella, alone with just a guitar, and with the support of a full band. Klassen’s recent performances include the Big Valley Jamboree, Edmonton Oil Kings hockey games, CIBC’s Run for the Cure marathon, Kids Kottage Radiothon, Voices for Hope, and a show at Edmonton’s Winspear Centre. This summer, she’s an anthem singer at the Castrol Raceway in Edmonton.
In Feb 2012, Klassen garnered two Alberta Country Music Association award nominations in the Female Artist of the Year and Fan Choice categories and soon after, travelled from her hometown of Sherwood Park, Alberta, to Nashville, Tennessee. There, she performed at Tootsie’s Lounge and Whiskey Bent Saloon. Afterwards, she competed in the North American Country Music Association international music competition and took first place in the female vocalist, entertainer, songwriter, video, and duo categories for youth ages 13 to 17.
Later that same year, Klassen released her three-song EP Future Holds (Nov 2012), which was produced by CCMA award winner Bart McKay. Each song shows off her impressive singing, songwriting, and instrumental abilities.
The future is bright for Payton Klassen. Stay tuned for everything this young artist has to offer Country music.