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Clif Payne / Bio

Clif's New Album is
WELCOME
TO MY WORLD
CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon.com and Spotify
Featuring "Peace Is More (Than The Absence of War)"
with EnVogue vocalist Maxine Jones

And the Clif Payne/Freda Payne ("Band of Gold") duet
"No Payne, No Gain."
Released: February 9

Welcome To My World is already a hit in the UK with several FM stations adding the album to their daily rotations. And, more stations are being added . . .

"The Clif music has an important particularity in an artist, the ability to convey feelings and emotions. Clif is able to convey in those who listen to his music all emotions that he himself has had at the time when the writes; the magic of a true artist and precisely to convey their emotions through music and Clif manages to do this in a very special way! Charm, class, refinement and perfect arrangements make Clif Payne an artist truly complete!"
Angelo Petruzzi
CEO RadioIndie International

"R & B of the highest level on this record of Clif Payne will surprise you."
CloudJazz.com
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AN EXTRAORDINARY PAYNE
Harlem-born Clif Payne is a refreshing new voice emerging onto the contemporary jazz scene. He's been called “the Payne that feels so good” by peers and audiences worldwide. His elegant vocals dazzled LA Times columnist Don Heckman to write,“Clif Payne is a lush tenor bursting with soaring gospel melismas.”

THE HOUSE OF PAYNE
Clif is the son of James "Buddy" Payne, reedsman with the Lionel Hampton, Lucky Millinder and Fletcher Henderson bands of the Harlem Renaissance, 1920s - 1950s. Clif's mother, Aline, educated by Tuskegee legendries James Weldon Johnson and William Dawson, was an ensemble vocalist who once backed Nat “King” Cole.

WEST COAST PAYNE
Clif's musical ascent began when Bobby McFerrin featured Clif as a special guest vocalist. Since then, Clif has performed at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall, Yoshi's, West Hollywood's Troubadour and LA's Jazz Bakery. He's opened for Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett and has performed with Tower of Power and Clairdee. His recordings include commercials & cds by Dave Koz and jazz fushionists Hiroshima. As a guitarist, Clif has backed Rich Little, Wolfman Jack, Danny Gans and former Platters lead vocalist Sonny Turner.

THE VOICE OF PAYNE
First and foremost, Clif Payne is a vocalist. And, as a vocalist, Clif effortlessly paints a colorful soundscape where the hues of jazz, gospel and R&B converge. His mastery of lyrics, interpretation, improvisation, phrasing and tone highlight the technical aspects of his voice without sacrificing its emotional depth--all while taking us on melodic excursions of artistic expression.

"SAANG, PAYNE!"
. . . is what folks shouted out back-in-the-day when the teenaged Clif was the featured vocalist in his church choir.
“BRING ON THE PAYNE!”
. . . is how he's introduced these days.

General Info

Band Members
Clif Payne
Artist Name
Clif Payne
Profile Page
https://www.reverbnation.com/clifpayne
Active Since
01/10
Genres
Jazz / Smooth Jazz / R&B, Pop, Gospel, Folk

Contact Info

Location
Sunnyvale, CA