My name is Payson and I'm an indie-pop artist originally from Philadelphia, PA now residing in Los Angeles, CA; creating music and chasing the dream.
While music has always been at the center of my life, my path to becoming an artist wasn't exactly linear. I went to college (USC), sang some a cappella (SoCal VoCals, The Sing-Off), acted on TV (How I Met Your Mother, Jane The Virgin, The People vs. OJ Simpson), and performed live on stages and in studios all over the world. Really, I just went wherever the next gig took me.
But in 2018, I started steering my own ship and got back to the heart of who I am. In October, I released "Take Me Apart," an eclectic six-song collection of high energy feel-good vibes.
Since its release, it's amassed nearly half a million streams, been added to over 350 national in-store and Spotify curated playlists, and the accompanying music videos for "Bad Influence," "Can't Go Back," and "Better Run" have been viewed over well 100k times.
But now, never one to waste time or sit idly by, I'm back in the studio and already hard at work on what's next. That's where you come in!
I'm taking everything that I learned from making "Take Me Apart" and applying it to bring my music and everything that comes with it to the next level. This new record is going to be more polished, more focused, and simply put...better. In fact, recording is already well underway and I can tell you, that isn't just an empty promise.
However, in order to fully deliver on that guarantee, I'm asking for your help.
Unfortunately, creating a record isn't free and easy. It takes time, hard work, vision, and let's face it, money. I've got the vision, I'm putting in the time, and I've never worked so hard in my life (just ask my girlfriend)...so that just leaves the money.
Thats why you really are the key piece in bringing this project to life. No matter how hard I try, I can't do it without you.
In my opinion, there's no such thing as a "solo" artist. Every great musician has had help along the way and I'm certainly no different.
Over the past year, I have been incredibly lucky to assemble a team of unbelievably talented people to help me bring my vision to life. And on this new record, I am once again working with some of the most gifted songwriters, musicians, and visual artists I have ever met.
You can rest assured that any contribution you are willing to make to this project will be safe in the incredibly capable hands of our amazing team:
Working with this team has been a dream. For as talented as each and every one of them is, they are equally incredible and kind people. I am insanely blessed to be surrounded by such an inspiring and supportive circle of artists and friends. And with their help, we are going to create something truly special!
In order to get the most out of our team's collective brilliance, we will be working in some of the very best studios in LA. Each stage of the recording process requires different technology and specialized technicians. Luckily, we have access to the best of both.
Once the actual recording is complete, there is still a lot of work left to do. That's when we get to fully integrate all the visual and promotional aspects and realize the entire vision; creating the artwork, shooting the music videos, distributing the music, and helping to promote the record here and around the world. Speaking of which...
With music, I admit, it's hard to show exactly what's in store; every song is different and every artist grows and evolves. No two albums are exactly the same. I can however give you a taste of what's come before and how we plan to promote this new record. Hopefully from that, you'll get a feel for the vibe, a sense for the direction the music is heading, and the confidence that the final product will be polished and promoted to the highest professional level.
For whatever contribution you are able to make, or even if you can only share this page on social media or tell a friend about it, just know that I am sincerely grateful for your help.
If you've enjoyed my music in the past, you will LOVE what we have in store. If you are new to discovering me, welcome. Stick around, the fun is just getting started!
Like I said in my campaign video, the concept of an "independent" artist is incredibly misleading, because in reality, I depend on you! It's you, my fans, friends, and family that are the ones that make any of my creative projects possible, and I can never thank you enough.
Risks and challenges
The risks and challenges associated with making music are pretty well documented in the grand scheme of things.
Luckily, however, this isn't my first rodeo, so to speak, and I have learned a lot from making my first record and feel sufficiently equipped to deliver this record on time.
While delays are possible, there is a 0% chance that this record won't eventually find it's way into the world. In fact, by the time this campaign concludes, the recording of this project will be nearing it's completion. We're already well on our way!
So rest assured, this record is coming. I can absolutely guarantee that.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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