SINGER-SONGWRITER HAYLEY PAYNE IS A KENTUCKY NATIVE WHO GOT BITTEN BY THE "PERFORMANCE BUG" AT AGE 10 WHEN SHE DECIDED TO TRY OUT FOR HER LOCAL TEXACO COUNTRY SHOWDOWN COMPETITION IN OWENSBORO, KY.

 

Despite being the youngest performer among some very stiff competition, Hayley surprised the crowd and the judges and came in second place. Since then she has worked tirelessly to be the best performer and songwriter possible, so that she can achieve her goal of one day being a recording artist and entertainer.

Over the 6 years since her Texaco Country Showdown® performance, Hayley has racked up a number of live performances in her hometown area, including shows at the Kentucky Opry, the Battle for The Big "O" Music Festival, and Live on the Banks in Owensboro, Kentucky, where she got to perform alongside Miss Kentucky, Ramsey Carpenter. 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 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 Fest Singer-Songwriter Competition (Under 18 Category). The Nashville Songwriter’s Association International (NSAI) recently listed Hayley as “One to Watch”.

At only 17 years of age, Hayley has already made quite a few achievements and is well on her way to achieving that goal of being a professional entertainer. With an ever-growing fan base from live performances and social media, Hayley shows no signs of slowing down. And with her entertaining live performances, an "always cheerful" personality, and talent to boot, this young performer has nothing but time and potential ahead of her, and just the right blend of ambition and moxie to take her as far as she wants to go.