Clif Payne

Clif Payne


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Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times: "Clif is a lush tenor with soaring melismas in his individual passages." Grammy recipient violinist Carlos Reyes calls him "the voice of silk and soul." Clif Payne was born in Harlem and grew up in Evansville, Indiana.

While in Harlem, Payne lived in the same apartment complex the was also home to Duke Ellington. Clif Payne is an enterprising "late bloomer" boomer--not recording his first solo album until past the age of 60. Discovered by Bobby McFerrin and with a voice that merges the genres of jazz, R&B, folk & gospel, Payne is one of the finest and most creative singers to emerge in the new millennium.