Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Pop, Rock, Christian
It's such a cliché to call any record a "stunning debut," but how else is one to respond to the first release by the frighteningly talented 19-year-old singer-songwriter Kendall Payne? Payne's music career is a fairy-tale... more »
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It's such a cliché to call any record a "stunning debut," but how else is one to respond to the first release by the frighteningly talented 19-year-old singer-songwriter Kendall Payne? Payne's music career is a fairy-tale success story: granted a third-stage gig at Lilith Fair's unsigned-acts showcase, she was offered soon thereafter a deal by Capitol Records and a song on the popular Never Been Kissed soundtrack. Payne's melodic, empowering songs deliver endearing there-are-big-problems-in-this-world-and-they-really-do-bother-me words that consistently avoid the banal trappings of her more cash-infused music-industry mates. The beautifully sung lyrics will appeal to most any teenager: they concern a teenage friend who lost her father, the societal pressures on women to look like supermodels, being compared with one's older sibling, and one's personal relationship with God. Payne's work fits easily into the late-'90s softer-sounding chick-with-a-guitar genre (Sixpence, Jewel) and displays a keen melodic sense (she wrote or cowrote all the songs), which, by any right, will bring future success. With a nondidactic yet powerful spiritual bent to the songs, Jordan's Sister will also please contemporary Christian music fans. --Mike McGonigal
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Payne's new album GROWN available NOW
J. Alan Curtis | Grantsville, MD | 11/22/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For all those who may not know, Kendall Payne was unjustifiably cut from Capitol several years ago and was out of the music scene for quite some time. She has recently re-emerged with a brilliant independent CD, appropriately titled GROWN. Check out KENDALLPAYNE.COM for details or buy it directly at CDBABY.com. This artist needs signed again and deserves worldwide exposure. GROWN is a very, very good album that without question exceeds what she brought out five years ago with Jordan's Sister. It's very well produced, very well written, very catchy and also very heartbreaking. She's got all she had on Jordan's Sister and more on the new CD, including a track that she did with Lifehouse's Jason Wade that has a very nice vibe and distinctly Lifehouse feel. Check it out, and send this artist back to the frontlines."
Another album found through the wonders of amazon.com
Ry'lac Lieer | Houston, Texas United States | 12/14/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A third "bookmarked" album of mine. (the other two: debut CD's by Jennifer Paige and Dido). The amazon.com page with this album was bookmarked to my favorites for nearly 3 months, and I would weekly listen to the snippets - just to see if I wanted it more... and I did. Finally enough to purchase the CD - and I was NOT disappointed. A few songs I (and others it seems) pick out as favorites:Track 1 ("Close to Myself") hits early with a great pop/rock sound and lyrics similar to the thoughts of all those shy people in the world.Track 2 ("Supermodels") follows with a little bit more alternative rock and pokes fun at those in the facade of "look at my body" - and even hints (slightly) how it won't last.Track 9 ("Modern Day Moses") begins with a soft drum/piano set and a few strums of the guitar. Once it hits the real beat, Kendall's voice sooths with a few oohs and yeahs. Almost without warning (as you are lulled to sleep by the intro) the lyrics come, flowing with a sincerity in the voice that would make you think Kendall lived through this. Perhaps a true to life plea of an actual modern day moses - hinting (of not out right demanding) the secular world to quit breaking the rules of morality and life.Kendall's voice is wonderful on this album, a bit of an accent at parts - a beautiful one of course. I am finding fewer and fewer debut CD's that are this good. Then again, most artists lose originality by their 4th or 5th... I hope this doesn't happen - and I hope many more original and uplifting albums are to come by this artist"