Payson Lewis


Annjie Houston

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Pop artists sometimes get a bad rap these days, but Payson is fighting back.  Armed with his intoxicating positive energy, Payson delivers music that you can’t help but move to. Payson’s brand is a garden of 80’s and 90’s influenced pop hooks, feel-good vibes, and live-your-best-life mentality.

A Philly kid born and raised, Payson was brought up on a steady diet of his older brothers’ old cassette tapes and mom’s gluten-free cooking.  Eventually, he found his way out to Los Angeles to study music at USC.  During his studies, Payson honed his craft as a member of the internationally acclaimed collegiate a cappella group, SoCal VoCals.

Payson’s infectious charisma and natural knack for show business led him to plenty of television appearances in LA.  As a tenor, Payson’s ability to hit the high notes landed him a spot on NBC’s “The Sing Off”, a show that ran for 4 seasons and launched the career of the multi-platinum and Grammy winning group PENTATONIX. This role not only served as a major gateway for Payson as a singer but also as an actor.   His acting credits include episodes of How I Met Your Mother, Revenge, The People vs. OJ Simpson, Rules of Engagement in addition to various theatrical performances.

While acting is certainly a powerful asset within Payson’s wheelhouse, his first love and ultimate mission is music.  Payson has generated an impressive buzz, not to mention thousands of subscribers, through his popular YouTube channel.  This channel showcases Payson’s artistic spirit through his numerous cover videos.  Among the most viral of these videos was his cover of Taylor Swift’s “Out of the Woods” and a creative mashup that combined Zayn Malik’s “Pillowtalk” with Rihanna and Drake’s “Work.”  These two covers made their way to a wide variety of press outlets, including features from Perez Hilton.

It’s clear that Payson Lewis is a jack of many trades.  Most recently, his talent is flourishing as an artist and a songwriter.  Drawing on the influences of his youth and inspiration from his life and the world around him, Payson is creating a new band-driven pop sound that simultaneously feels new and yet, familiar.  Somewhere between Coldplay, Walk the Moon, and the 1975 is where you’ll find Payson.  And when you do, you won’t want to leave.

Press Releases

05.04.18//Los Angeles Songwriter Payson Lewis Debuts New Single, “Bad Influence”

Los Angeles Songwriter Payson Lewis Debuts New Single, “Bad Influence”

Indie Pop Artist Releases Addictive Follow-Up Track

 Los Angeles, CA – Payson Lewis has released his new single, “Bad Influence,” a magnetic track that pulls you in with its carefully crafted lyrics and stimulating beat. Lewis leaves his audience wanting more with this energetic and addictive song. “Bad Influence” is now available to stream or download from all digital music outlets.

“Bad Influence,” produced by Ben Soldate, is about that addictive feeling one receives from things and situations that subconsciously you know are not good for you. Additional production was done by Los Angeles based music producer and DJ, Elliot Luke. The upbeat track features Rob Humphreys (drums), Erik Carlson (guitar), Kurtis Keber (bass) and Will Herrington (keys). The song is written from Lewis’ personal experiences and impulses. “I’ve got a totally addictive personality…and once I get a taste of something I just want more. Even when I know I should stop,” explains Lewis.

Born in Philadelphia, PA, Payson Lewis got into music at a young age when he followed in his brother’s footsteps by joining the choir. He taught himself piano and decided to go to college as a Music Industry Major at the University of Southern California. Lewis honed his craft as a singer when he joined the SoCal VoCals; USC’s award-winning a cappella group. After college, Lewis landed a spot on NBC’s The Sing Off, which is recognized for launching the career of the multi-platinum and Grammy winning group, PENATONIX. This opened up acting opportunities for Lewis, as he appeared on episodes of How I Met Your Mother, Revenge, and The People vs. OJ Simpson. While acting is an impressive asset to Lewis’s career, his first love and ultimate mission is music. Drawing on influences from his past and artists like Bruno Mars, Shawn Mendes and Walk The Moon, Payson Lewis is excited to make a name for himself in the music industry. He recently had his first performance in front of a packed audience at The Peppermint Club in Los Angeles. A natural on stage, Lewis performed a dynamic show blending genres of rock-pop and R&B.

If you’ve ever had a guilty pleasure, something that you just can’t quit, then you already know what “Bad Influence” is all about. Stream or download “Bad Influence” now on digital music platforms everywhere. Keep up with him by visiting