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 Morning America, Billboard, Hollywood Reporter, Taste of Country, and Sounds Like Nashville. Payton has spent the past five 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. Payton released her newest single “Whiskey On My Wings” October 1st.