Vocalist, songwriter and educator, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Studied voice with Jane Sharpe and with David Baker at Bloomington’s Indiana University. Discovered by Bobby McFerrin in 1980, Payne’s 2016 debut solo album Welcome to My World earned GRAMMY recognition. The album’s single “No Payne, No Gain” topped Great Britain’s soul charts, receiving the title of UK’s Soul Song of the Year, and GRAMMY recognition in 2017 for Best R&B Song. Performed with Freda Payne, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Norman Connors, Bobby McFerrin, Ellis Hall, Sheena Easton, Peggy Blu, Harvey Mason, Hiroshima, Bill Champlin. Opened for Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Narada Michael Walden and Dionne Warwick. Album credits include George Benson, Gerald Alston and Little Anthony.