Payton Smith Interview

Payton Smith Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

  1. Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about
    you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music
    you play to someone who has never seen or heard you?  
    I am such a
    huge fan of different types of music and feel like
    my sound is a reflection of all of my influences – Keith Urban, Eric
    Church, John Mayer – so there’s Country, Rock and Pop all blended into
    the songs on my EP.
  2. Please tell us about the songs on your EP (influences, songwriting process, etc).
    My EP is a combination of so many different experiences. “Creek
    Don’t Rise” has so many influences from where I grew up on the Gulf
    Coast of Louisiana as well as the story of a very memorable date. “’92”
    is a salute to my love of 90’s Country — Brooks
    and Dunn, four on the floor, line dancing sound that I grew up
    listening to with my parents. “Can’t Go Wrong With That” talks about
    things we all feel pretty good about agreeing on like football, Willie
    on vinyl, after parties. This song came from an idea I
    grew up hearing that went like ‘a bad day fishing is better that a good
    one working.’ “Like I Knew You Would” revolves around a big singalong
    hook and melody, and again involves so much of the imagery I grew up
    with on the Gulf Coast of Louisiana. EP:
  3. Your
    debut single “Like I Knew You Would” is being played by radio. What do
    you feel is special about this song that makes people want to hear it?  
    “Like I
    Knew You Would” feels like a
    song that you know after you’ve heard it one time. You can sing along
    and groove to it halfway in to your first listen. It’s fun and
    light-hearted with a great hook and some really cool guitar solos.
  4. Talk about the support from your friends and family as you’ve pursued your dream?  My
    mom and dad have been extremely supportive of my dream, and I truly
    would not be where I am without
    their support. My three younger brothers have also been a huge part of
    that system to keep me grounded and solid. I probably don’t tell them
    enough, but my relationship with my family and friends is a huge part of
    why I am who I am.
  5. What moments in your career so far stand out in your memory as highlights?  I
    would say one of the biggest moments I have had to date is my Grand Ole
    Opry debut just a couple of weeks
    ago. Chris Young introduced me to the stage, and I had 68 friends and
    family in the audience from out of town watching me sing two of my
    favorite songs. And, I received two standing ovations…OMG.  Standing in
    that circle was magical and way more emotional
    than I thought it was going to be. I still can’t believe that happened!
  6. When you get time off, how do you like to relax?
    I like to spend with family, friends and my dog. I like to chill
    down at the lake in the boat fishing or just hanging. And I love to
    listen to music or watch a good movie when I want to relax.
  7. Many
    European fans travel to the United States to attend the several of the
    music festivals for the opportunity to see so many of their favorite
    artists, bands and celebrities. Will you be
    participating and how will the fans be able to find you
    ?  Country
    music is reaching so many people. It is a very exciting time fans and
    artists! Fans can find out when and where I will be playing on my
  8. Where is a place you haven’t played that you would like to?  Well, since I am from Louisiana, I have always wanted to play Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, LA. I also have always wanted to
    play Red Rocks in Denver and another bucket list venue, the O2 in London.
  9. What
    can your fans expect to see when they see you in concert?  Fans can
    expect to see me pour my heart into every part of my performance.
    From singing to playing guitar and performing, I give it
    everything I have. I want to connect with each person that came to see
    my show and leave them with a feeling that they won’t soon forget.
  10. What’s your favorite song that you wish you could have recorded?  Tim McGraw – “Humble and Kind” 

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David McClister

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