A Kentucky native and singer-songwriter, Hayley Payne has always believed in the power of music; however, an airport and a napkin proved it to her.


During a performance at a café in a local airport, singing a song about the beauty of life, Hayley noticed a woman in the audience who had started to cry.  After a few more songs, Hayley watched her write a note on a napkin. The listener put a $20 bill and the napkin in the tip jar.  After the show concluded, Hayley and her guitarist rummaged for the napkin in the tip jar.  The writer described how she had been waiting for her flight when she heard Hayley’s music, which compelled her to come listen. She then revealed that she was in town in order to attend the funerals of three of her family members who had died in a car accident that same week. The next line read “Thank you for helping me grieve in my own way.” The pain of a tragic and heartbreaking event may have been eased a tiny bit through music.  This moment solidified Hayley’s decision to pursue music as a career.

Over the last seven years, Hayley has performed at many different venues in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee including private parties, jamborees, concert series and the Ohio State Fair.  Some of her most notable performances include The Ferdinand Folk Festival in Ferdinand, Indiana, Live on the Banks in Owensboro, Kentucky and opening for Lee Ann Womack at the beautiful Lincoln Amphitheater in Lincoln City, Indiana. 

At only 18 years of age, Hayley, a CMA member, has already received quite a few musical recognitions.  In 2013, Hayley was the winner of the Junior Division & People's Choice award in the Kentucky Opry Talent Search. In 2015, she won two song-writing awards: the Josie Show/Country Blast Radio Song of the Year (Young Adult) award for her song “Twitter This,” and the award for the Ferdinand Folk Festival Singer-Songwriter Competition (Under 18 Category). Chosen as the lead in her high school’s musicals for both her junior and senior years, Hayley portrayed Belle in Beauty and the Beast and Laurie in Oklahoma.  The Nashville Songwriter’s Association International (NSAI) listed Hayley as “One to Watch.”  

With an ever-growing social media presence, Hayley enjoys sharing her musical and personal experiences with her fans. Hayley just finished recording her first EP of original songs.  Each song is unique, showcasing a different side of her personality, but all from her heart.  She hopes to create a connection to others through the power of music.