Summer Payton is an r&b singer, songwriter, musician and producer from Chicago, Illinois. With a penchant for music, and her father a musician in the church, Summer was surrounded by music from a young age; quickly picking up skills such as learning to play the piano by ear. As a means to cope with childhood struggles, her pain led her to pick up a pen and take to songwriting; with this later progressing to musical composition. Her musical journey led her to New York University Tisch School of the Arts, Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, where she continued to craft and develop her artistry. Summer has been described as an “old soul” because of her musical influences. The sounds of Motown and her Gospel infused upbringing combined with the 90’s R&B she fell in love with, drive her sound. She sings songs of independence, self-love, relationships and female empowerment. At the age of 17, she met Grammy Award winning music producer, Larrance Dopson of the legendary band, 1500 or Nothin' who recognized her early talents. After graduating from NYU, Summer spent time at his 1500 Sound Academy, which helped her round out her skills and experience to include engineering and music production. Summer has since performed in multiple cities across the world, including Chicago, Atlanta, New York and Berlin. She is now focused on the release of her upcoming debut album, entitled “Golden Hour” which is set for release on her golden birthday, December 25th, 2020.
General Info
First Name:
Last Name:
Sherman Oaks
United States
Songwriting Info
I am a:
Songwriter, Composer, Lyricist, Topline Writer, Beat Producer
Looking for a:
Songwriter, Composer, Lyricist, Topline Writer, Beat Producer
Preferred collaboration style:
video chat, email
Pop, R&B/Soul, Singer/Songwriter
I'm strongest at:
lyrics, melodies
Instruments I write with:
Sounds like:
Brandy, Kehlani, Jayla Darden, Victoria Monet, Alicia Keys, Chloe & Halle
Janet Jackson, Brandy, TLC, Alicia Keys, Beyonce
Songwriting is my:
planned career
Personal Songwriting Goals:
To write great songs for myself and others.
Collaboration Goals:
publishing deal, sync placement (film, TV, video games), mainstream artist release, niche/independent artist release