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Up From Here: Payton Smith's Debut EP and Journey to Country Music Stardom

At just 24 years old, Louisiana native Payton Smith has already made a name for himself in the country music scene. With a knack for high-energy guitar playing and smooth vocals, Payton quickly gained recognition for his debut single, "Like I Knew You Would," which has accumulated over 50 million streams since its release in 2019. But it's not just his musical talent that sets him apart, Payton also composed and played every string instrument on each track of his debut EP, showcasing his versatility as a musician.

"This project is really one that has been in the making since I got to Nashville in 2014. It is a record that I hope reflects the way we play live," Payton shared exclusively with All Country News. "' with songs like 'Up From Here' and 'Wouldn't Put It Past Me' being heavy-hitting with three electric guitars on stage. I love loud guitars and songs that make you think and feel something. My hope is that there is something for everybody on this record and that it makes you want to come out to a show."

The EP kicks off with the title track, "Up From Here," a collaboration between Payton and Tony Lane. The song sets the tone for the rest of the EP, with its uplifting message and soulful vocals. Payton sings about overcoming life's challenges and rising above adversity, with lyrics like "Gravity ain't got nothing on these hearts." It's a powerful anthem of resilience and hope.

Another track to look out for is "Wouldn't Put It Past Me" a raw and honest reflection on love and loss, with Payton's moving vocals bringing the lyrics to life. Payton sings about the temptation to revert to old habits after a breakup, with lyrics like "Ever since you left me, yeah the old me started howlin' at the neon moon." It's a heartfelt ballad that showcases Payton's songwriting prowess and emotional depth.

"Holler Back Home," co-written by Brett Tyler and Joe Fox, is a heartfelt tribute to Payton's roots. The song celebrates the people and places that shaped him, with lyrics like "I’ll be hanging in the holler back home, swerving on the same back roads." Payton's love for his hometown shines through in this nostalgic track, offering a glimpse into the small-town life that shaped his music.

Recently, Payton announced his headlining Up From Here Tour, set to kick off in April 9th with support from Dipper and Faren Rachels. Additionally, Payton is hitting the road with Conner Smith, George Birge, and Kolby Cooper, solidifying his status as a rising star in the country music scene.

Overall, Payton Smith's debut EP is a testament to his talent and passion for music. With his soulful vocals, heartfelt lyrics, and amazing guitar skills, Payton is sure to make a lasting impression on the country music scene. As he continues to evolve as an artist, we can't wait to see where his music takes him next.

So, if you're a fan of country music, be sure to check out Payton Smith's debut EP. It's a journey of love, loss, and redemption that you won't want to miss.


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