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Joshua Payne

With a booming baritone voice and an opera background, singer and songwriter Joshua Payne brings a unique set of skills to the pop table. Payne was born almost completely deaf, although an operation while he was still a toddler managed to restore most of his hearing, and music became a big factor in his rehabilitation to a world full of sounds. Payne's early childhood was spent in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, but when he was eight, he moved with his family to rural Arkansas. Both his parents had strong musical backgrounds -- his mother as a classical singer, his father as a preacher and choir director -- and the home was full of music, from James Taylor to Prokofiev, but Payne preferred sports, although his strong singing voice was already apparent. He graduated high school in 1991, attending Ouchita College on a football scholarship, but a serious knee injury turned his attention back to music; he began studying voice and was soon winning opera competitions. Payne enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts program in vocal music at the University of Memphis, and began touring with Opera Memphis, where his strong baritone won him several title roles.

Following graduation, he relocated to Nashville, which was where pianist Jim Brickman heard Payne sing in 2002, quickly offering him a spot on his package tour. At tour's end, Payne was introduced to noted producer Michael Omartian, who was impressed by this kid from Arkansas with the big booming baritone and a trunk full of songs. The two put together a demo and were shopping it to labels when Ron Goldstein at Verve Music Group heard it and signed Payne to a deal. Payne's debut album on Verve, Your Love, My Home was produced by Omartian and released in 2004. The independently released Same Shoes Second Verse followed in 2007. ~ Steve Leggett, Rovi
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Love this guy !!! :-) :-) :-)
Love this guy!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
love Josh Payne, very talented
LOVE JOSHUA PAYNE!!!!!!!
Wish you would play more of him.
kashburn65
Love his voice ... wondering why we don't hear more from him. Very calming.
plhj414
He sounds a bit like Josh Groban to me.
Beautiful voice nice and pure , enjoying listening to more of his music.
I would love to hear more.
Love his voice but he doesn't seem like a baritone to me at all. Joshua can hit notes that most tenors can't hit. I think someone should review the description calling him a baritone because he certainly isn't. What he is -- is great!
Love him
Being able to sing is very good..but being able to write your own music is great..talen t e d fellow here!
oooo..... I want to put his music into my pillow and dream with it.
Love listening to him. Great new sound. I am so used to listening to tenors and welcome a baritone. I loved listening to Elvis. One of the greatest baritones ever.
first time i head his voice, i was hooked. really worth listening.
Love his voice first time to hear Joshua Payne sing Beautiful!!! !
Love, love, love his music...play more!
What a beautiful voice, glad I found this guy, I will certainly listen to him more.
shirley195
gorgous voice -- so happy I have found Pandora and beautiful singers like Joshua Payne
omg!!!!!!! that's all i can say. other than why did he quit singing?
Wow this guy does sound good!
betty.lou.kl i n g
Fabulous - made me stop, listen and feel his soulfull music!
helig
Joshua 's singing brings me tears.
krutkowski1
His voice is so beautiful it touches the soul.
anangelface
OMG how wonderful he is!
love his voice..very soulful..uni q u e and calming. :)
tlpennington
LOVE LOVE LOVE this station!!!
andreak714
Beautiful voice!
Wonderful baritone voice is refreshing and very distinct! Love his songs and choice of music. Great phrasing and breath control!
mochtykeener
A beautiful, beautiful voice....... c o u l d listen forever.
debbie.milla r d
Josh is a hit at my desk at work! I get asked to turn up the volume when they hear him! Thanks, Josh!!
Wow...just when you think you've heard it all, a new and incredible talent comes along!
amazing voice, I would have thought it was Josh Groban. So much talent in this big world
newman_rodne y 7
Great vocalist
hnkmiller1
When you hear the voice that God intended, then rejoice. I hope this talent continues.
tamarmag510
start a joshua payne station. they will mix more of his in. I did this with Joan Baez, and so far today, I've heard three of hers. I really like Pandora. I am getting expoaure to many great singers!
I love his voice, he really touches my heart. Especially Remember Yesterday!
I love his voice. This guy is really great. He touches my heart with his voice.
pointsource
What's great about his story is that even as he kept turning away from music, fate or circumstance s (whatever you want to call it) kept turning him back to it.
This guy is great. Love his story too.
shiela1
I wish they would play more of Joshua's songs. I love Your Love, My Home
but it's the only one I hear. His story is fabulous too. What a rich
and beautiful voice.
dianeandruss
What a wonderful story. Best thing to come out of Arkansas, ever!
there is something about his voice that captures my complete attention. It draws me in to what he is trying to say with his music. I am partial to baritones and also like Josh Groban. I need to buy some of Joshua's music cd's. I cannot get enough of him on this station. I also love his story, it's very touching. Maybe that is what i'm drawn to when he sings.
He is amazing.
kmariano8
He's a great singer & I love his story!!!!
cat57cat
Wonderful!! Thanks for the introduction to such a talented artist!!

(Now I have to go search out his album.... LOL)
nice to hear someone other than Josh Groban who can produce such a moving ballad. Great tonality, hope to hear from him again soon.
Thank you for introducting me to this artist. What a wonderful voice!
His voice uplifts me and softens my mood. a very romantic voice. I like his story of early deafness and what he overcame to bring this golden voice to us.
what a great voice....... . . . . . . s o clear, lyrical...
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