By Lacey Printz
Born and raised in Texas, Payton Rae built a small fan base back in her hometown of Houston. She eventually began posting videos on YouTube and fans began to follow her via Twitter and Facebook. In 2011, she created her first ever EP, Dare to Live.
Standing with her two guitarists, Payton sang her most recent single, “Stomp the Fire Out,” which prompted an encouraging response from listeners.
Katie Milligan, 11, from Nashville, Tenn., came out with her mom to watch Payton. “She was really, really good!” she said. “Her dress was pretty and pink is my favorite color.”
Milligan also wore a big smile as Payton performed another single, “Not Your Cinderella.”
Ashley Spence, 23, from Fort Worth, Texas, could not believe that Payton was only sixteen when hearing her voice. “She’s amazing up-and-coming young artist,” she said. “I look forward to hearing her again.”
This was Payton’s second time being featured at the CMA Music Festival, and here’s to many more to come.
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