About the Artist

part velvet, part gravel and bursting at the seams

Payne, an accomplished musician who has been proficient on the fiddle since childhood, played fiddle in the Ontario-based band Express & Company in addition to writing and performing her own songs. In 2009, Payne crafted her early songs into a self-released album of demos that won the interest of Seventh Fire Records and culminated in her 2012 self-titled, full-length debut. After making an indelible impression with her playing on Express & Company’s 2013 album, Ontario, Payne, accompanied by producer Greg Keelor (Blue Rodeo) and co-producer/engineer James McKenty, took that momentum into the studio to write and record the songs that would become High and Dry.

Melissa Payne



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