We had the good fortune of connecting with Payton Howie and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Payton, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Music has always been a part of me for a long as I could remember. I was told I sang before I spoke. It went from being something that “seemed like the natural thing to do”, to something I absolutely could not deny. Being a singer songwriter and performing is just what I have to do with my life.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a 20 year old country rock artist splitting my time between Houston, TX and Nashville, TN. The music that I write and create as a female artist is bringing the edge back into country music. I have such a huge love and respect for the strong women in country music that went before me and blazed trails for female artists like me to stand up on a stage and share the music that I create and make people feel something powerful! From Loretta Lynn’s ‘Fist City’ to Reba’s ‘Fancy’, I’ve been inspired by strong lyrics written by strong women in country, and I just want to be one of them.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oooohhh…soo many places it’s hard to choose a favorite. Well, all my friends love music, and original music at that, so I would definitely take them out to Dosey Doe Big Barn in the Woodlands, TX to listen to some amazing artist sing their original tunes while stuffing our faces with their to-die-for chicken fried steak. The Houston area is full of so many cool places to shoot pool and get rowdy, so I would take them down any and all side roads and stop off at all the little honkey tonks along the way. Some of the most famous artists have played at these little places.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Without the support and encouragement from my parents and brother, I absolutely could not do what I do at such a young age. I started performing when I was 16 and it was hugely a group effort and sacrifice on the part of my family. They lugged my equipment, ran my merch tables and helped me navigate contracts and business decisions that most people my age weren’t having to think about. I have an amazing vocal coach, Rhonda Parish, and an amazing team of industry professionals in Nashville that I can go to with everything. I’ve been blessed.
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