Hayley Payne~ “Q&A”!!!

15111515809131.     Hi Hayley, can you tell me a little bit about yourself, before you became a country singer?  I grew up in Knottsville, Kentucky. I am the youngest in my family; I have a brother and a sister. They were always very athletic, but I definitely cannot say the same for myself! I started taking piano lessons when I was about six years old. I always loved to sing and perform, so I joined the local theater and performed in many plays and musicals there. That was the beginning of my love for the stage.

2.     How did you get into country music and how did you know you wanted a career in it?  Like I said before, I always knew that I loved to sing. Country music always resonated with me because I loved how real the lyrics were. I remember listening to songs like “Don’t Take The Girl” by Tim McGraw and “Concrete Angel” by Martina McBride when I was growing up, and the songs were so powerful. I loved how country music told such beautiful stories. There was never really a moment when I decided to pursue a career in country music, because I just knew it was what I was meant to do. I couldn’t think of anything better than doing what I loved for the rest of my life.

3.     Who are some of your musical icons? I’d have to say that Taylor Swift is one of my biggest influences. I love how close she is to her fans, and how her music relates to so many people. That is why I love music so much; because it lets people know that they are not alone and that other people feel the same way that they do. Dolly Parton is definitely another one of my musical icons. She is just amazing in so many ways. 

4.     What is background story behind your latest country hit “Halfway There?” I had the idea for “Halfway There” because I was thinking about how crazy love is. But then I started to wonder, ‘You know, it’s really pretty simple. If I like you, all you have to do is like me back.’ So then I came up with the hook “I’m just waiting on you, ’cause we’re halfway there.” The rest of the song is about how these people would be so great together, but the only thing missing is that the other person has to say that they feel the same way.

5.     Is there anything new coming up with your music for 2018? Right now, I’m just trying to write all the time to better my craft. I definitely think 2018 is gonna be awesome

6.     If you could sing a duet with a famous singer or group who would it be and why? This is a tough one! I would probably have to say Carrie Underwood. She is an incredible performer and one of my favorite artists! To sing with her would be a dream come true

7.     What is one accomplishment that you are most proud of in your music career? I had the opportunity to open for Lee Ann Womack in June of 2017. It was one of the coolest days of my life! I got to meet her and hear her soundcheck. All of my friends, family, and fans came to the show and it was so special. After I performed, these three sweet little girls wanted to meet me and it warmed my heart. It was such a wonderful experience! 

8.     Where do you see your music career in the next 5 to 10 years? I hope that my music will reach as many people as possible. I would love to be traveling the country (maybe even the world) performing my music! My goal is to be able to make music for a living and to share it with the world.

9.     What is one of your favorite quotes? One of my favorite quotes is from Earl Nightingale, “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” I love this quote because we forget how much truth it holds. It pushes me to work hard.

10.  Is there anything else you would like to share? Thank you for letting me be a part of your blog! 🙂

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Hayley Payne: “Artist Spotlight”!!!

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A Kentucky resident and singer/songwriter, Hayley Payne has always believed in the influence of music, however in airport and a single napkin showed it to her.

During a set at a café in a local airport, singing a song about the beauty of life, Payne saw a woman in the audience who began to cry. After a couple more songs, Payne watched her write a note on a napkin. The listener put a $20 dollar bill and the napkin in the tip jar. After the show ended, Payne and her guitarist got the napkin out of the tip jar. The writer shared how she had been waiting for her flight when she heard Payne’s music, which compelled her to come listen. She then shared that she was in town to attend the funerals of three of her family members who had died in a car accident that same week. The next line of her note read “Thank you for helping me grieve in my own way.” The grief of a sad and heartbreaking event may have been relieved a small bit through music. This moment hardened Payne’s decision to follow music as a career.

Over the last seven years, Payne has performed at many different places in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee. She had played at private parties, jamborees, concert series and the Ohio State Fair. Some of her most favorite performances include The Ferdinand Folk Festival in Ferdinand, Indiana, Live on the Banks in Owensboro, Kentucky and opening for Lee Ann Womack at the stunning Lincoln Amphitheater in Lincoln City, Indiana.

At the age of 17, Payne, she became a CMA-member and has already obtained quite a few musical credits. In 2013, Payne won the Junior Davison and People’s Choice award in the Kentucky Opry Talent Search. In 2015, she won two-song writing awards: the Josie Show/Country Blast Radio Song of the Year (Young Adult) award for her song “Twitter This” and the award for the Ferdinand Folk Festival Singer/Songwriter Competition. She was also chosen as the lead in her high school’s musicals for both her junior and senior years. She portrayed Belle in Beauty and the Beast and Laurie in Oklahoma. The Nashville Songwriter’s Association International (NSAI) listed her as “One to Watch.”

With a growing social media attendance, Payne likes to share her musical and personal experiences with her fans. Payne just finished recording her first EP of her own songs. Each song is different and it showcases a different side of her personality, but it still from her heart.

Payne hopes to make a connection to people through the power of music. If you would like to find out more about Hayley Payne then go check out her website https://www.hayleypayne.com. Lastly, go check out her newest single “Halfway There.”

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