Verve Recording artist Joshua Payne is an American baritone. He is the 8 time winner of the National Association of Teachers of singing; Federation of Music Clubs Scholarship winner; and the Memphis Theatre Award (Ostrander) winner for best actor in the title role of Sweeney Todd. Joshua is an OBU and Memphis University alum and holds his Master‘s degree in music. He has performed leading and title roles in Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni), Die Zauberfløte (Papageno), Albert Herring (Sid), Sweeney Todd (Sweeney), Carmen (Morales, Escamilio), and Carousel (Billy) to name a few. Most recently he and his cast won the Broadway Regional Award for best ensemble (he himself portraying the role of ANDY LEE TUCKER) in the Broadway world premiere: Part of the Plan (the Dan Fogelberg musical).
Widely considered to be one of the premiere soloists of our time, Joshua moves fluently and effortlessly through many genres including Rock, Opera, Jazz, Folk, Pop, Country, Music Theatre, Art Song and the like, and has written and published music in all of these.
Joshua Payne currently resides in Nashville, TN. To date he has released 8 solo albums and has been featured worldwide on more than 50 compilation records. The Decca Classics label hailed his work and ranked him among Pavarotti, Terfel and Horostovsky as “one of the greatest voices of our time.” He has been featured in many publications including People magazine and InSTYLE and has also been the featured artist on International and Stateside television (PBS, CNN, ESPN, ABC, MTV, SOAP TALK). He has sung live for audiences as large as 21,000, but small intimate settings with an acoustic guitar are his forte.
"The power and beauty of this instrument, this voice we call Joshua Payne, is a phenomenon and experience the world needs."
" I don't consume what demands my consumption. I observe and consume what is quiet and still and beautiful, and the outcome of my work is therefore restorative in nature, and at the very least consumable. This is the palindrome of my religion. My life starts and ends here."
"One of the most abundantly gifted of a new breed of singer and songwriter, blessed with a big, classically-trained voice and a soul to match. In 2004, Universal introduced to the world, not only a widely accomplished singer (with musical experience ranging from the opera stage to the rock stadium) but a lyricist, a poet, a composer and arranger, and a producer of uncommon sensitivity and power, whose work is clearly informed by the depth of his life and death experiences. Whether a full orchestra or simply Joshua alone on a bare stage with his guitar, this is a show you will never forget.”
The Verve Music Group
"Joshua Payne has the perfect voice — Totally in control of his technique, you the listener can forget about everything as you let yourself fall into his romantic yet earthy musical world of stories dealing with love and heartbreak. Bravo maestro bravo!"
Presenting Verve/Universal recording artist, & one of People magazine's sexiest men:
This is the voice and artistry of Joshua Payne.
Joshua Payne at Ridgefield Playhouse (Photo - Lora Noyes Warnick)