Payton Smith first unlocked the gateway of Nashville’s, “Music Row”, in 2014 while on a family vacation. A makeshift performance in the hotel lobby during that vacation led to some high profile introductions, one of those was to renowned producer, Buddy Cannon(Kenny Chesney/Willie Nelson). Cannon’s fascination with Payton’s guitar skills, vocal ability, and songwriting talent led to his offer to help Payton. Now, four years in, Payton has had attention from music executives, publishers, and creative minds that have acknowledged the vision of this up and coming country music star.
In June of this year Payton had the opportunity to perform at the famed annual CMA music festival in Nashville. That performance produced a recording contract offer from one of Billboard music’s top 100 power players, Big Machine Label Group president & CEO, Scott Borchetta. Big Machine is responsible for breaking top acts Taylor Swift and Thomas Rhett, and holds to the belief that Payton Smith is the next wave.
With lots of work still to be done, team Payton is taking shape and the buzz is building. At the heart of it all is a love for music and people, and a desire to inspire, uplift, and connect with individuals from all walks of life. Keep your eyes and ears open to what’s next for this hometown southern boy from Louisiana.
“Payton Smith is one of the most exciting young singers, musicians, and songwriters I have ever encountered. He hit the Nashville streets running at the age of 14 and now, at 18, is developing into the music artist I believe will soon be the leader of the pack”-
Producer Buddy Cannon