Since CMA Festival, yall have been listening to the “fan pre-release version” of “Small Town Paradise” and telling me what you thought! After an entire summer of traveling across the country, meeting new fans, and hearing your feedback, we decided to officially release the “radio version” of “Small Town Paradise” to Radio, Spotify, and iTunes on September 16th!
This has been an incredible step in my journey. I’m gearing up to go out on my first ever radio tour this fall! Please request “Small Town Paradise” on your local country station! A big thank you to WGGC in Bowling Green, KY and KFAV in Warrentown, MO for being the first stations to play my new single!”
I’m so moved by all the support I’ve gotten since the release of my newest single. If you haven’t taken a listen to “Small Town Paradise” PLEASE take a listen here! (You can download it for free) AND Please give it to a friend! Remember- Sharing is CARING!
Thank you again from the bottom of my heart,
I promised you all an in-depth recap of all of our CMA Fest activities and I’ve finally got it all together for you!
This amazing weekend kicked off on Wednesday with a busy load in day in the Music City center! I was absolutely thrilled to receive an emerging artist booth for the first time from the Country Music Association. After loading my set pieces (in heels) and putting together my “Payton Porch”, we got to meet our new booth neighbor, Misty Loggins, and decided to have a little CMA kick-off competition with a little baby stroller racing! (yes, baby stroller racing)
Watch Misty Loggins and I battle it out here!
After the stroller derby face off, my team and I headed home to rest up for the big day ahead!
Thursday kicked off the CMA Festival downtown with thousands of country music fans from all around the world crowding the Music City center. The crowds of people were overwhelming, but my first CMA fest meet and greet was beyond anything I could have imagined it would be. I can’t thank you all enough for waiting in line and talking to me! I was so ecstatic to give away special CMA prerelease copies of my brand new single “Small Town Paradise” to all of the fans I met in my meet and greet line on the first day! Not only did I give away the singles, I also gave away lip balm and floss from my sponsor Damon System Braces! I was so happy to smile all day in my meet greet line using my Damon Smile!
The support I received on the first day was so humbling!
We kicked off Friday with a 10 A.M to 2 P.M performance at my favorite downtown venue , ” WannaB’s “. It was great to see so many familiar faces from Thursdays meet and greet at the performance!
We continued the party over to my booth at the convention center and I got to meet hundreds more fans from all around the world! One of the most amazing things about country music fans is that they are so loyal. From Canada to Ireland, fans made the trip to Nashville to support their favorite artists! It was great meeting so many international fans.
After our second morning show at WannaB’s on Saturday morning, we had a special visitor at my CMA Booth at the convention center! Nashville 4 WSMV “More At Midday” host Kacy Hagerty stopped by my booth to interview me for the “Stars of Tomorrow” news segment! You can see the finished product here!
Stars of Tomorrow News Segment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gc2ziXYDbYk
We also got to meet the amazing Kix Brooks! Both Kix and the CMA do amazing things for artists and it was honor to meet him.
The rainy weather on the last day of CMA Fest didn’t stop the fans from coming out! On Sunday, I was invited to sign Lady Antebellum’s Ping Pong table to benefit their charity “Lady Aid”. My signature joined a collection of artists such as Oak Ridge Boys, Casey James, Lady Antebellum and so many others!
The table was sold that night to a gentleman on site at the Music Center!
Check out the signing here! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3BjJKJQTZ8 After admiring the signature on the table, I grabbed a ping pong paddle and played a round of table tennis with table tennis champion, Gustavo Martinez!
After signing a few more autographs at my booth, the crowds began to thin out as CMA Fest drew to a close. As the Music City Center closed its doors, I signed my last autograph with my very worn out Sharpie! In 4 days, I had the opportunity to sign about 1,000 autographs! (Thats a lot of Sharpies!) My team and I broke down the CMA booth together and loaded it into our old trusty touring mini-van. It was such a bittersweet moment.
Since the festival, I have not been able to look back at the Music CIty Center the same way. I recall all of the amazing fans I met from around the globe in those 4 days. It was by the far, the best experience in my life thus far and I cannot thank you enough for giving me this opportunity.
I hope to see each and every one of you again next year. Let me know what you all think about the copies of my brand new single “Small Town Paradise”! Yall are the first to hear it, so I’m counting on you!
I am so honored and humbled by the entire experience. I hope to do it all again next year!
100′s of Autographs, 1,000′s of fans, 3 performances, 4 days, and countless memories.
CMA Festival has been over for officially one week, and I still cannot believe how amazing it was. I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to showcase my booth at Fan Fair X in the Music City Center for the first time ever. As I sit here and look back on last week’s CMA Festival, I even can’t begin to express my thankfulness to those who deserve it.
My team worked so incredibly hard to make sure that this years festival was the best yet… and they sure did an amazing job.
I would also like to thank the Country Music Association. CMA is truly a wonderful organization. The entire festival was so flawlessly and beautifully put together. Their efforts to bring country music fans and artists together to celebrate this wonderful genre of music are a testament to just how incredible the CMA is.
A HUGE thank you to my sponsors Damon System Braces, LZ Boots, Daisy Rock Guitars, and Breedlove Guitars! Thank you for supporting me and my music!
I would also like to thank YOU. Yes you… the fans. Without you absolutely none of this could have even been imagined. When I walked into my booth the first day, I was so nervous. It was like that feeling you had before the first day of school as a little kid. However, yall made me feel so welcomed. It was an absolute honor and pleasure to meet each and every one of you. I enjoyed hearing your stories and just enjoying the moment together. You made my first year at my fan fair booth so memorable. I hope to see each and every one of you next year. More pictures to come VERY soon!
“I just love music gear, I’m a total geek all around.”… Yes Hunter Hayes. Me Too.
With that being said, I’m going to take a minute to sing the praises of my Daisy Rock Wildwood Artist Deluxe Acoustic Guitar.
Back in the second grade, I asked my parents for a guitar for Christmas. My parents (knowing nothing about guitar) bought a giant, nylon string, beat up guitar at a yard sale. The neck was too thick and wide for my tiny eight year old hands and the giant body swallowed me up. With hurting hands, I tried to learn basic chords, but I soon grew sick and tired of the guitar and it found a new home in the corner of my bedroom collecting dust…..Fast forward 6 years later, I was inspired to pick up guitar again with help from my guitarist and his daughter, Lisa Caliva, on bass. Lisa and I both tried to overcome the troubles of little hands and big frets.
I was determined to find a guitar to solve my tiny hand dilemma. After fishing through an endless sea of boring brown guitars, a bright red guitar jumped out at me. It was love at first sight with the finish, but I loved it even more when I began to play. My small hand troubles were solved when I picked up a Daisy Rock Wildwood Artist Deluxe Acoustic for the first time. The slim and narrow neck was a perfect fit for my hands! Not only was the neck and body a perfect fit, the guitar was so lightweight and easy to manage! When my band and I play 4 hour shows in downtown Nashville without breaks, lightweight instruments become your best friends.
Daisy Rock sent me a model of the guitar, and I played it onstage the same day I took it out of the package.The tone from the solid spruce top had a brightness to it that cut through the entire band, and the Fishman Presys-201 preamp/pickup system? Pretty awesome.
I have officially been a part of the Daisy Rock family for a year, and I am so honored to be a part of such an amazing group of players lead by the Tish Ciravolo. In addition to being a phenomenal bass player, Tish Ciravolo, founder of Daisy Rock Guitars, is a woman with a mission. Tish is doing whatever it takes to help girls play guitar and pursue music, and she has inspired many girls to start their musical journeys. (Want to find out more about Tish? Check out Lisa’a Bass Blog entry about Tish! http://lisacaliva.com/2013/03/14/bassists-to-know-tish-ciravolo/)
Thanks to Tish, I can finally play guitar with the big boys (tiny hands and all!).
Want to find out more about Daisy Rock Guitars?! Show them some love here!
I can’t believe it’s been FOUR years since I set out on this course to become a singer/songwriter and country music artist. After two years of hard work, I’m so excited to announce the release of my second CD project, and FIRST collection of ALL ORIGINAL songs! None of this would be possible without the love and support from all you – thank you for believing in me and supporting my music!
We’ve already started recording all SIX tracks that will be on the EP. The project is being produced by the amazing Lynn Nichols, who has produced artists such as The Band Perry, Amy Grant, Switchfoot, The Newsboys, ZOEGirl, and more! We’ve been getting a TON of positive feedback from radio personalities, fans, songwriters, and other people who have heard a preview of the new songs, and I can’t WAIT to share them with everyone! All I need to do now is get the CD’s pressed once the project is finished and set up a radio tour so I can get the music played in as many places as possible. But, I need your help to do this – so I am once again calling on the generosity of my fans.
This new project was funded by the amazing support of my family and in part by the success of the CD sales, digital downloads, merchandise sales, and live performance income I’ve been able to make from my first CD project. Again, none of this would have been possible without your support. But, we need just a little more to get the project finished and out to radio and the FANS! That’s why I’ve decided to start my very own Kickstarter campaign.
Here is the link!
We need about $3,000 to finish this project. Your generous contribution will help with final recording costs and the costs for pressing the CD’s and artwork. If we exceed the goal, those funds will be put toward radio touring, advertising, and additional tour dates. In return for your financial gifts, I’m offering some very special rewards – everything from free downloads to a free LIVE concert at your house! Check out the rewards to the right, and whatever you can contribute, from $1 up to $1,000 or higher, will be so greatly appreciated.
I know you will love the new songs, and this project will be a giant leap in my career – together we can make this project a reality a help it to reach as many people as possible. Thank you all so, so much for your incredible support over these past few years!
If you have any questions, please contact my management at firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to check out my web links on my profile page.
Here we go! Last week, we made the first 2013 Payton Taylor mini-tour. The band and I performed for my amazing sponsor, Damon System Braces, during the 2013 Damon Forum in Orlando, rode as special guests in the Animal Kingdom parade in Walt Disney World, took a little time to relax in Fernandina Beach, and rocked Cotton-Eyed-Joe’s in Yulee, Florida!…PHEW! What a tour!
The band and I packed up the mini-van and headed south to the sunshine state. On the way, we couldn’t help but stop at Honey Boo Boo’s house in McIntyre, Georgia!
Fast forward 10 hours… and we arrived in Orlando Florida!
The band and I geared up to play the 2013 Damon Forum at the JW Marriott and Ritz Carlton Orlando. The crowd was a blast and I got to show off my “Damon Smile” all night long!
The next day, we took some time to explore in Walt Disney World. Once we arrived, we were greeted with a surprise! My band, tech crew, and I were got to ride in the Animal Kingdom Parade as special guests!
We packed up the mini-van and headed to Fernandina Beach, Florida to soak up some sun and have a little fun playing at Cotton-Eyed-Joe’s. (Well, actually a lot of fun!)
Keep on the lookout for our “Florida Tour Recap” video coming soon on my YouTube channel www.youtube.com/paytontaylortv
Happy 2013 Fans!
2013 has already been a whirlwind for the band and I. On January 2nd, we packed up everything and made the move to Nashville officially permanent! Our days of lengthy monthly trips to Nashville from Philadelphia are over. Starting on January 3rd, we hit the ground running and we still haven’t stopped (which is wonderful!). Every Thursday night, we have been playing at “Tequila Cowboy” downtown from 6-10pm. Doesn’t that sound like a long time? Try four hours in heels! PHEW!
On Friday and Sunday, we have been playing at the Opry Mills Mall performing two hour acoustic sets. Having the shows down here have been great! I get to keep my “chops” up by being pushed to my limits every week, and I get to meet a lot of fans every week. Last weekend, we performed for a total of twelve hours! Talk about a workout!
Living in Nashville has its perks! I got to attend a drum clinic with the one and only Rich Redmond! He is the drummer for Jason Aldean and is an amazing role model for aspiring musicians. In addition, we have also been caught in the middle of filming for the television series “Nashville” on ABC several times. My father is going to be an extra on the set of “Nashville” as a Bluebird Cafe patron
What a crazy three weeks! I’m looking forward to meeting you all at my shows this year! If the past three weeks have been any indication of what 2013 has in store, it is going to be an amazing year and I am so happy I get to share it all with you!
This past August marked the seven-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina battering New Orleans. Some areas, like the Lower 9th Ward, are still struggling from the affects and damage of Katrina, seven years later. Payton Taylor, recently became aware of the struggles people in this area still face, so she partnered with non-profit organization, AID STILL REQUIRED, which works to help victims of natural disasters and other tragedies after they fall out of the headlines. She and other artists, like MAROON 5, BONNIE RAITT, and JASON MRAZ will help AID STILL REQUIRED raise the funds they need to help the people of Louisiana.
Watch Payton’s PSA video about Aid Still Required here:
Anyone interested in making a pledge to AID STILL REQUIRED can go to www.AidStillRequired.org, or they can donate via mobile phone by texting the word “AID” to 7-1-7-7-7.
Looking Back On Summer Tour 2012…
As we say goodbye to Labor Day, my band and I leave an incredible summer for the record books. Thanks to my sponsors Damon System Braces, Daisy Rock Guitars, and my generous fan supporters, Summer tour was a huge success. Looking back our all of our shows ( overall, there were 40 of them), the band and I unanimously agree that CMA festival was the highlight of the tour. With 6 shows in 5 days, it was non-stop music and meet and greets throughout the entire festival.
The band and I rocked the Hard Rock Cafe stage in downtown Nashville steadily throughout the weekend, and met some amazing fans from all over the world! It was an incredible experience to have the pleasure of meeting so many of my fans I had never had the opportunity to meet before.
Less than a month afterward, the band loaded up the trusty mini-van for a 18 hour haul to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for Summerfest. When I think about Summerfest, I’m still awestruck. The festival was enormous (I guess they really aren’t kidding when they say it’s the world’s largest music festival!)
After an awesome set on the Kohl’s Captivation Station stage, we got to indulge in all Summerfest had to offer before we made the trek home. We got to see Death Cab for Cutie, Hunter Hayes, and the Zac Brown Band all in one night!
Other highlights of the summer included my homecoming concert in my hometown of Washington Township, NJ, my first beach concert in Wildwood, the Philadelphia 4th of July celebration, and the Lincoln County Music Festival when we got to share the bill with the legendary Charlie Daniels!
The memories from this summer seem innumerable, and it was all thanks to you. Thank you for supporting me every step of the way.
A summer compilation video is underway so stay tuned!