Payton Taylor, Coutry Western Singer/Songwriter
My first assignment as the Lead Correspondent for MaxMoon Entertainment was to interview Country Western singer and star, Payton Taylor. This was a particular honor for me as I am a fan of Payton’s music. Each song is an original variation from the last. My personal favorite If I Can’t Have Tomorrow with its catchy lyrics and cool beat, is a great fit for Payton’s incredible voice. This can be contrasted with her song Can’t Trust the Weatherman where a fiddle brings in the intro of the song and plays throughout the chorus. I got the opportunity to ask Payton which song is her favorite.
I was thrilled to hear it was Love, Don’t Give Up because she wrote the song. I also learned that this was an accomplishment that Payton plans to pursue as a future goal. In an effort to become a better songwriter, Payton plans to write her next entire soundtrack in conjunction with co-writers. Judging from Love, Don’t Give Up, I’d say Payton is well on her way to accomplishing this goal. Payton is also working to master the guitar in order to become a well-rounded musician.
Payton was discovered when she was eleven-years-old by her manager, Joe Caliva, who was working sound for a local show. Payton was singing What I Did for Love, a Broadway show tune, with as much passion and emotion as an adult. Joe was awestruck. “She had a stage presence,” said Joe. But it wasn’t until a trip to Nashville, TN in 2009 that Payton fell in love with the culture and history of Country music. When she sang her first Country song on stage via karaoke, she found a perfect fit.
At fifteen-years-old, Payton Taylor has had to overcome some obstacles to her career, mainly her age. In a market where Justin Bieber, Miley Cirus, and a handful of Disney stars are wildly popular, Payton worries about becoming “gimmicky.” She is serious about her career and does not plan to be short term. Another obstacle that works against her is time. It’s not easy to balance family, school, and her career. In fact, Payton and I discussed her decision to finish her education by homeschooling. She does not consider school in itself a struggle because she loves learning and this new track will enable her to take college classes now, rather than having to wait. Her family has always been a strong support network for her, not only in her career, but in anything that Payton has ever decided to pursue. Payton went as far as to use the word “backbone.” When I asked Payton for advice for future musicians looking to break into the business, she brought up this “backbone” once again. Her advice is this: “Don’t give up. Be prepared to work hard. Make sure you have strong support.”
You can find Payton’s music at www.reverbnation.com/paytontaylor.
Thank you to Payton and her manager, Joe, for taking the time to talk to me, Angela Heather Hammond, Lead Correspondent for MaxMoon Entertainment Encore where “It’s the music that brings us together.”