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New Years Interview Series: Payton Howie

We are chatting with artists to reflect on the past year and what we can expect from them and their music careers in 2022

What is the best thing to happen to you in 2021, personal or music?

There’s no way I can pick just one thing because there were so many great things that happened this past year. One of them would definitely have to be getting a place in Nashville I can call home. I also completed and put all the finishing touches on my debut EP. During the recording process I had the opportunity to work with some of the most iconic musicians in town to include Erik Halbig (Lead guitar - Sara Evans, Jake Owens, Wynonna, Tanya Tucker), Mike Johnson (Steel guitar - Reba, Garth, Hank, George Strait), Steve Mackey (Bass - Garth, Dolly, Peter Frampton), Tim Grogan (Drums - Aaron Tippin, Ty Herndon), and Billy Nobel (Keys - Tim McGraw) to name a few.

What do you believe was your biggest musical achievement?

First off I couldn’t have accomplished half of what I did this year without my amazing team. They connected me with so many great opportunities to include features on several television and radio outlets, and an appearance at Whiskey Jam to name a few. For me, though, performing live and sharing music with people is the greatest form of artistic achievement because nothing compares to the experience created during a live show. That being said, I would have to say one of my most memorable musical achievements in 2021 was playing the Old Town Music Festival in my hometown alongside Billy Ray Cyrus, Chris Janson, Walker Hayes, The Band Perry, Tyler Farr, Coffey Anderson, Honey County and other talented artists.

What was the biggest challenge in 2021?

It was such a challenge this past year not having enough time to do everything I wanted to do. I learned a lot this year about what’s really important and where my head needs to be in order to be who I am supposed to be.

Do you have a favorite song or album from 2021?

I would have to say my favorite song of 2021 was the iconic trio done by Loretta Lynn, Carrie Underwood, and Reba titled “Still Woman Enough”.

What’s something that brings pleasure in your life right now, big or small?

The biggest thing that brings me joy is getting to perform live and share music with people across the country. The little things that bring me joy when I’m not on the road or playing shows is definitely being home to wake up and have coffee and chill with my dog, Whiskey.

Do you have any New Year's Resolutions?

My number one resolution this year is to spend more time alone with my guitar, writing what comes to mind to create more out-of-the-box music for y’all.

If you had a theme song to start off 2022, what would it be?

“Back in Black” - AC/DC haha!

New music plans in 2022?

I’ve got so much new music coming out this year! I am dropping my debut EP in February and have numerous singles and music videos to follow!

What is something you hope to achieve in 2022, music or non-music related?

I just want to go after everything this year and chase after my dreams and passions without hesitation. I don’t want to miss out on opportunities or experiences by being too afraid to say “yes” to new challenges this year.


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