Harold Payne is a Multi-platinum songwriter and master improviser, who combines prepared customized material and “on the spot” songs to create a pinnacle moment for concerts, special events and conferences that entertain, inspire and involve the audience.
“Normally my role at these events is not only to entertain, but to create a crowning moment which brings together, in one or more songs, the essence of the gathering, meeting or conference. This usually includes custom material prepared in advance and/or songs created ‘on the spot’, including recap or summary songs of a keynote or a whole conference. Other options include “team building” and leadership activities to help make these events more entertaining and interactive while still imparting important content and can be recorded or videoed & distributed to the guests.”
Harold Payne is a Multi-platinum and “Posi” (Positive music) award winning songwriter whose soulful uplifting songs and husky heartfelt vocals have graced stages around the world. He has written songs for such diverse artists as Rod Stewart, Patti Labelle, the Temptations, and long time collaborator, Bobby Womack—literally from Peter Paul and Mary to Snoop Dogg. Most recently his song, “Daylight”, was a top 10 UK single for Kelly Rowland and “Bravest Man in the Universe” by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Bobby Womack co-written by Payne, Womack, Damon Albarn (Gorillaz & Blur frontman) & Richard Russell (XL Recordings head) won the prestigious “Q” award in the UK for “Best Album of the Year.”
Harold has played just about every imaginable venue… from amphitheaters, festivals & Houses of Blues to corporate events, Houses of worship & House concerts. He has opened for the likes of Van Morrison, Kenny Loggins, & Hawaiian legend “Iz” (Israel Kamakawiwo`ole).
He performs both solo and with the group Gravity 180.
SELECTED SONGWRITING CREDITS
Songs recorded by: Kelly Rowland, Snoop Dogg, Bobby Womack, Lana Del Rey, Taj Mahal, Juelz Santana, Kalapana, 50 Cent, Dennis Pavao, Lloyd Banks, Rod Stewart, The Cover Girls, Patti Labelle, Ron Wood (of the Rolling Stones), The Temptations, Sly Stone, Kingston Trio, Leon Russell, Peter Paul & Mary