Country Music has always had deep roots in Layton’s life. Born in Anderson, Indiana, Layton was the product of a factory working blue collar Dad and his Mama from East Tennessee. Because of his family’s roots, he spent a good part of his childhood in the hills of Tennessee listening to his Uncle’s Gospel group, The Simmons Family. From a young age,it was obvious that Layton’s talent for singing and songwriting was developing. “My Dad used to take me everywhere with him when I was little. He listened to country on the radio, and I learned the words to every song I'd hear. Johnny Cash was my favorite. I’ve been singing and making up tunes for as long as I can remember,” he says. Layton got his first guitar when he was twelve years old and his journey began.
After a few attempts at college and his time in the Marine Corps, Layton began to work on his writing and performing more seriously by making trips to Nashville as often as he could in order to learn his craft and to see if he had what it took to make it in the world of Country Music. While his songwriting abilities have gained attention from publishers and producers, it’s Layton’s soulful down-home voice and his passion for the stage that keeps turning ears his way.
Layton has worked in the studio with, and shared the stage with some amazing talents over the past few years including Randy Houser's Band, Eric Church, Rodney Atkins, Clayton Anderson, and more. With a few regional radio releases to his credit, Layton is working with Ultra Audio Productions head man Peter Young at Studio 19 in Nashville TN, and gearing up to release his much anticipated debut EP in the summer of 2013.