Barbara Payton
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Barbara Payton

Detroit, Michigan, United States | SELF | AFTRA

Detroit, Michigan, United States | SELF | AFTRA
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Barbara Payton @ Mission Point Resort

Mackinac Island, Michigan, USA

Mackinac Island, Michigan, USA

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Mackinac Island, Michigan, USA

Mackinac Island, Michigan, USA

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Ferndale Outdoor Stage, Michigan, USA

Ferndale Outdoor Stage, Michigan, USA

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The Review Magazine
Written by Robert E Martin

Barbara Payton is a musical force of nature, and hence possesses all the elements essential to go places in Rock 'n Roll. A fiery, lean, lanky blonde with a powerful and nuanced laden voice reminiscent of Janis Joplin genetically spliced to Bette Midler, the first time I became aware of Payton was six years ago through her work with Stewart Francke. Payton was performing as a back-up singer in Stewart's band, and opened his CD release party at The Magic Bag in Detroit with a set of her own hard-rocking brand of Roadhouse R&B.

Needless to say, I was blown away, as few artists command a stage with such an unabashed display of timing, energy, and release. Attired in jeans and a designer sheepskin coat, Payton wielded the microphone around like Rod Stewart back in his Faces days, yet could reach into soul stirring depths on quieter ballads in a cabaret style reminiscent of the poignant, breathless delivery of Midler, and even Liza Minnelli (if the Pet Shop Boys were at the helm).

A definitive force on the Detroit music scene for close to two decades, Payton has two original cd's already under her belt, Walk on Water and Enjoy the View, that fully showcase the tapestry and textures of her music - deeply honest, immensely heartfelt, and brimming with raw energy. - The Review Magazine

Review by Thom Jurek

Remember rock & roll? If you do, you'll immediately recognize it in singer/songwriter Barbara Payton's voice, style, and attitude. Enjoy the View is first and foremost a rock & roll album full of passion, pathos, killer chops, poignancy, great songs, and timeless sound. With a host of Detroit's finest players, including writing partner/ drummer David Jack, guitarist Robert Tye, producer and guitarist Michael King, vocalist Thornetta Davis, and others, Payton has made a record out of time and space. Payton's originals -- with and without Jack -- are solidly written and quietly remarkable as songs. In the grain of her voice, the earth shakes, the heavens quiver, and the body shudders with molecular recognition. The brokenness and determination of the title track as Mark Watson's B-3 swirls around the haunted, hunted ache pouring forth from Payton's bloodied-but-unbowed vocal are deeply moving and steamy, because in this broken heart lies the spirit of healing, eros, and the creation of a new self that can love freely in spite of the damage. But it goes far deeper than sex and love here; this is a song about hands in the mucky new soil of living, one that knows that the poetry in desire is derived from its messiness and wild, untamable heart. In "Bring Me a Life," with its shimmering snare caressing the lyric, Payton delivers another broken love song where she looks past the hurt into affirmation, hope, and the serenity of acceptance. Allowing the lyric to penetrate her delivery, her voice is as clear and large as a spring-fed lake, and she offers it to the listener as limpid and lustrous as a heart brimming with determination.

"I Didn't Mean To" may be sad, but it's also awe-inspiring with its countrified slide guitars ringing out over the strummed acoustics and Payton's open, naked statement of human truth in the face of desolation. Here is rock & roll as empowerment, as anthemic personal truth buoyed by electric guitars, keyboards, and a few well-placed thunderhead drums. And it's all in front with Payton; the subtleties are picked up after the listener has been rolled over by her monster truck of a voice and caressed in its empathy and compassion. The subtleties belie vulnerability displayed as boldness, openness revealed as purpose, and pure rocking sass as full of laughter and rage. The latter is displayed on her read of Patty Griffin's "Tony," and this version is not only every bit as powerful, its every nuance is true: according to her delivery, Payton has not only known these people, she's been them. This is a rough diamond, a polished gem that is proud of its flaws -- which is what all rock & roll should strive for in this age of pre-manufactured garage band ethics and sheen-and-preen production. Enjoy the View is a strident album of gorgeous rock music written and performed by an inspired band and a singer who knows her strengths; she flaunts the cracks in her voice as battle scars and trophies to be displayed and shared. Enjoy the View is a rare record to come out of Detroit because it embodies the entirety of its regal rock & roll tradition, not just a tiny sliver of it. Payton is the Detroit singer to watch -- and learn from -- as well as admire.
- All Music Online Music Site


2002 - Enjoy The View - Barbara Payton
1995 - Walk On Water - Barbara Payton

Performed on
2012 - Stickin' With You - Bobby Murray - Lead vocal on "Rock My Soul"
2012 - Wasted - Lukas Nelson
2011 - Live At Callahan's - Shaun Murphy - Background vocals W/Laura Creamer
2009 - Local Boys - Motor City Horns - Lead Vocals on Bob Seger's "Lucifer"
2007 - Rock & Roll Jesus - Kid Rock
2006 - Face The Promise - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
2001- Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - Best of Stewart Francke



Notable Live Performances
2006 Human Rights Campaign Fund - Gala Dinner
2004 Human Rights Campaign Fund - Women's Empowerment Dinner
1999 - 2002 Marianne Williamson's Gospel Truth Choir, Renaissance Unity Church (special appearance by Steven Tyler & Mary Mary)
1998 - 2012 Main Stage for Motor City Pride

Opening Act for
Joe Cocker, Pat Benatar, Lou Gramm, Eddie Money, Jonatha Brooke and Terri Clark.

Toured With
2006-Present - Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
2008 Kid Rock - The Inaugural Youth Ball
2007 Kid Rock Ball Room Blitz Tour

TV Performances
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band - The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band - Late Night with David Letterman
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band - The View
Kid Rock - Jimmy Kimmel Live
Kid Rock - The Tonight show with Jay Leno
Kid Rock - Ellen
Kid Rock - MTV Tia Tequila’s Rockin’ New Years Eve
Kid Rock - VH1/Spike TV Video Game Awards
Kid Rock - Larry the Cable Guy Christmas Special
Kid Rock - CMT

LGBT Community of Michigan "Cultural Award" 2001- For outstanding contribution of time, talent, and pride. In support of the services and welfare of our community and people.

Notable Mention
Featured female background singer on Kid Rock's Grammy nominated song "All Summer Long."

“[Barbara can] surprise, delight and at times astonish with her powerful, passionate voice” --Thom Jurek /

“As one of the great rock voices in metro Detroit, she is right on the edge and that’s a good thing” -- Pam Rossi / WCSX-FM

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