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Mentor: Harold Payne Location: Los Angeles, California


International Singer/Songwriter

HAROLD PAYNE is an accomplished singer-songwriter who uses his songs, his voice, and a guitar to travel a global road spreading 'The Power of Positive Music'. Several of Payne's songs have reached the top 5 on Billboard's R&B, Dance & International music charts. He has had over 100 recordings by artists ranging from Patti Labelle to Rod Stewart to long time collaborator, Bobby Womack. Also, Beverly Hills Cop II, Splash and Summer Rental are just a

few of the feature films sporting Harold's words and music. Payne's most unique talent is displayed in all his live performances where he connects with the audience by improvising songs 'on the spot' from their song titles.

Internationally, "Music Speaks Louder Than Words", his most frequently recorded work, served as the theme for the Soviet-American Songwriter Summit. Payne participated in Pacific Harmony, another successful gathering of songwriters from around the world, in Bali, Indonesia, and performed at MIDEM Asia in Hong Kong, as well as, numerous concerts and special events in Hawaii and India. On the home front, Harold recently co-wrote and sang the theme for Arnold Swarzenegger's Inner City Games organization, sponsored by Planet Hollywood.

Most recently, he has showcased at 3 NACA events and just participated as a featured soloist in a benefit concert for the United Nations at UCLA in Los Angeles. Harold Payne continues to write, to celebrate, to travel, to perform, and to make a musical difference. The positivity of his music is bound to affect audiences, whether they're longtime fans or brand new listeners.

About the PASS IT ON recording:

"Pass it On" is a rich and sophisticated musical patina paints the sound with acoustic guitars, choral harmonies, and sparking synthesizers providing the frame for Payne's husky heartfelt vocals. In the world of Harold Payne the songs are most important elements, ("the song is king" he states simply), and the ten selections on "Pass It On" are so genuine and natural they sound as if they may have written themselves. The chance encounter, the moment that might have been, the distance between lovers, physical and emotional, and the solitary view where the city lights recede from the window of an airplane and blend into the stars over a dark ocean are all here!" -Dan Kimpel

HAROLD PAYNE - Selected creditsSongs recorded by

Rod Stewart
The Cover Girls
Patti Labelle
Ron Wood
The Temptations
Sly Stone
Kingston Trio
Leon Russell
Bobby Womack
Peter Paul & Mary

Songs in Motion Pictures

Beverly Hills Cop II
Summer Rental
Back To The Beach
That Was Then
Psychic Force I & II
(Japanese animated feature score)

Theme songs

We Can Share The Dream
(Arnold Swarzenegger's Inner City Games)
Music Speakers Louder Than Words
(Soviet American Songwriter Summit)
Music Speakers Louder Than Words
(1st annual Salute to the American Songwriter)
Sonoma County Wine Auction
("kick-off song")

International Music Contributions

Cavan International Song Festival, Ireland
"White Knights" Song Festival, St Petersburg Russia
Pacific Harmony Indonesian-American Song Summit
MIDEM Asia, performer & panelist, Hong Kong
International Peace Walk Concert, Ahmedabad, India
Music Bridge Songwriter Summit, Havana, Cuba 11/98
Sony Playstation Japan Multi-media Games co-composer
Rancho La Puerta Spa, Mexico
(concert & songwriting workshop)
Three tours of Japan with "Gravity"

Selected Performance Listing

Fl. Com. College Jacksonville
(Master of Ceremonies/guest artist)
United Nations Concert, UCLA 8/98
(featured soloist)
PIHRA , Long Beach
(co-presenter/music weaver)
Farm Credit Mgmt. Retreat, Estes Park
(co-presenter/music weaver)
Three NACA Showcases, Two in NC & One in NY
Taste of Lahina, Maui Hawaii
Also Opening for Van Morrison, Long Beach Terrace Theatre
Kenny Loggins, Senator Theatre, Chico & Redding Civic Aud.
Pam Tillis, Fox Theatre Hanford, CA
Air Supply, 2 US national tours
"Iz" (Israel Kamakawiwo'ole) Lihue, Kauai
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