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Payton Taylor was recently recognized by NBC affiliate, WSM-TV Nashville, as one of the top 3 up-and-coming female acts in country music and was featured as an emerging artist at the 2013 CMA Music Festival. She has performed at several of the country’s largest music festivals, such as Summerfest in Milwaukee, the CMA Festival in Nashville, and the Lincoln County Music Festival near Huntsville, Alabama. She released her debut CD, Shine, in 2011 and has opened for major artists, such as Colt Ford, Merle Haggard, Charlie Daniels, Lorrie Morgan, and Pam Tillis. Despite these milestones, the Southern New Jersey native still remembers singing since she was barely able to speak. But, it wasn’t until the summer of 2009 that the then 12-year-old Payton discovered her true passion for singing – Country Music.
During a trip to Nashville, Tennessee in August 2009, Payton was invited to jump on stage at a local music venue and perform a couple of songs. “That’s when I knew I wanted to sing Country Music for the rest of my life,” says Taylor, “During that trip, I fell in love with Nashville – its history, its culture, and its music.” Now, only four years later, Payton is making her mark in the industry with her lively stage performances, her dynamic voice, and her melodic and lyrical songwriting. She was a finalist for the 2011 Texaco Country Showdown, and has been gaining national attention through radio, multiple TV appearances, newspaper and magazine interviews, and a strong social media presence through sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
Payton has achieved a great deal in her blossoming career, but she’s not ready to rest on her laurels: “I know I have a lot to learn, and a lot of time to grow and mature as a singer, a songwriter, and an artist. I want to do whatever I can and take as much time as I need to achieve my dreams and make a career out of doing what I love.” She’s recording her next CD project, set for release in early 2014, which is being produced by award-winning producer Lynn Nichols, who has worked with artists such as The Band Perry, Amy Grant, and Switchfoot. And in September, 2013, Payton will be mounting her first major radio tour and single release for her song, Small Town Paradise. The past few years have indeed been busy for Payton Taylor, but if the past is any indication of the future, there’s no telling what the next few years hold in store for this young talent.