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May 20, 2022

Popular TV had the chance to chat with rising singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist payton, who now has 15 million TikTok followers and just dropped his new music video “All Wrong” (click here) Since the arrival of his soul-baring debut single “Love Letter”—an April 2020 release that racked up more than 1.5 million Spotify streams in just a week—the Los Angeles-based artist told us “When I was on tour, I had a lot of people coming up to me and telling me that my music had saved them when they were going through tough situations in their lives,” “In my own life, I’m not really the type to be super-honest with the people around me if I’m having problems; I usually just deal with everything by putting it into a song. It means a lot to me that my music could end up helping people and making them feel better at those moments when they feel like no one understands them.”

The May 20th release of “All Wrong” ushers in a new era for payton sonically, building upon his catalog of confessional yet hook-heavy songcraft that’s already won him enormous attention online including 50 million streams, over 15 million TikTok fans, and billions of views and impressions to date.

Born Payton Moormeier in Georgia and raised in North Carolina, payton took up guitar at the age of nine and instantly showed a natural talent for the instrument. After getting his start, he posted covers on social media, then he moved on to writing and self-recording his own material, mining inspiration from the free-flowing introspection of artists like Juice WRLD. At first, payton hesitated to share his original output with the world. “I had songs on my phone that I’d play for my closest friends, but the idea of letting anyone else hear them was so nerve-wracking,” he says. But with the release of “Love Letter”—an intense track about being ghosted by a former girlfriend—those anxieties quickly dissolved.”

Since his debut, payton has released a string of vulnerable but challenging situations that he has allowed to transcend through his music. After asking what he loves most about music, he kindly said “creating songs that allow listeners to feel different emotions.”

On June 14th in Los Angelespayton will be making his headlining debut at The EchoPRESS HERE for tickets. Follow payton: IG and TikTok