Harold Payne, Singer/Songwriter/Improv Artist
What is a custom song?
For over twenty years, multi-platinum songwriter Harold Payne has specialized in creating custom songs and improvised “on the spot” writing for special occasions. He has had over 100 recordings covered by acts as diverse as Patti LaBelle, Rod Stewart, Bobby Womack, Taj Mahal, The Temptations, Peter Paul & Mary, The Kingston Trio, Snoop Dogg and many more.
Payne can write, record and make available (on CD/flash drive/online link), a custom song for any person or special occasion. His ‘featured performances,’ which include a live version of the custom song and additional material if desired, are a crowning moment for any event.
Harold’s featured performances are soulful, heartfelt, humorous, interactive and, most importantly, entertaining. Whether it’s a small intimate affair or a large private event, you will enjoy Harold Payne’s unique talent at capturing the essence of an occasion and translating it into music. He is available for any special event that needs to be remembered!
Custom Song Choices
A 5 -15 minute featured presentation including custom and improvised songs from among the following choices:
Custom Songs Prepared in Advance: created based on the information you provide for an honoree, a theme, or special occasion.
Recap Improvisation Song – immediately after a keynote, other activities or at end of the day, Harold summarizes the event with an “on the spot” song.
Live Improvisation Song – created from live audience suggestions (Audience Interaction improv).
Recording & Capturing a Memory
All recordings are available upon your choice of physical CDs or via digital delivery. Live recording link available almost immediately.
Studio Recordings- Studio recordings of custom songs can be provided at an additional fee before or after the event.
Your Choices: Cost varies depending on your choice of production…either a full recording or voice & guitar, using our existing tracks with custom lyrics for your song or wanting a full band recording
Live recording at the event. We record the actual song at the event and then provide copies for you (and your guests if desired) after the event.
Guest keepsake/ souvenir. This is a great memento for those who attended! Your choice of CD, dropcard, flash drive or digital link.
Video – video of the live performance (available on flash drive or through a digital link)
MUSIC SAMPLES OF CUSTOM SONGS
Wedding, Anniversary, and Birthday Celebrations – Some of the most touching, and humorous, moments we have witnessed, have come during performances of songs created for these special occasions.
Corporate Events / Conferences – A custom song written about, recorded and performed for a retirement, Awards Banquet, career promotion. Songs can also be facilitated at your conference for team building or break out sessions. You may also wish to have a custom song written for the entire group including names and vignettes about selected honorees/roastees.
Holiday Events – We have a long track record of creating and performing one-of-a-kind, custom songs for various holidays including Christmas/Hanukkah, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s/Father’s Day, etc.
Theme Song / Grand Opening / Product Launch – We can create thematic material to coincide with your new venture, promotion, advertising campaign or book release.
Customs Songs can also be created for whatever you desire, including: Roasts-Bar/Bat Mitzvahs – Testimonials – Yakudoshi – Engagement – Quinceñeras – Promotions – Secret Admirer – Divorces – Congratulations – Family Gatherings – School Reunions, etc.
Hey Bob Cavallo
Celebration of a Life
“Harold, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Your song has given us something to treasure for the rest of our lives. We are very happy that we decided to have you write a song for our wedding. We’re looking forward already to another one at our 10 year mark. Thanks again.”
Thomas & Dawn
“We wanted to tell you your custom song, ’50 Years Together – Helen and Joe’ meant to our 50th wedding anniversary. The lyrics and your music are unbelievably clever. We will always treasure the song and that knockout time with our own group The Fabulous 19 (our children, their spouses and grandchildren) that is so precious to us. Even our friends who attended the reception cannot stop talking about how great it all was.”
Helen and Joe Slattery, Personal Wedding Anniversary Celebration
Reaction from the Reg while enjoying Harold’s live performance of Regis’ custom 80th birthday song. “DYNAMITE”
“OMG–that is FANTASTIC!!! THE Regis song is the cleverest send-up of anyone famous I’ve ever heard–you are just the master of that genre.”
“I don’t even know where to begin! When I heard the song you wrote & recorded at my event for me, I just kept listening to it over & over & over again! It was beyond perfect; it made me laugh & cry. Everybody was hysterically laughing they all want copies. I’m going to send you 500 more clients. 500! Thank you Harold from the bottom of my heart everything you did for me it is so appreciated.”
Mindy Weiss Party Consultant
“Your song for Phil and I brought tears to my eyes. I feel incredibly fortunate to have found such a wonderful man and to have it immortalized in a song was very touching! I will be passing your contact information on to the coordinators I know. You offer such a unique service, one which is truly a gift from the heart!”
Suzanne Branson, Branson Homes and Estates
“Thanks so much with being part of the ‘Go For Broke’ Monument Anniversary. Seeing the veterans and their families emotional reaction to your song was very special. You were a hit! We want to work on a partnership to sell your song at ‘goforbroke.org’ website. Again, thank you,”
Diane at ‘Go For Broke Educational Foundation’
“This song is so beautiful. I’ve already listened three times and cried and laughed so much. I’ll never forget the real thing, of you, singing like a true prince, for my Mom. And I can’t wait to go play it for her again tomorrow. It’s just a gorgeous timeless gift for all of us. Thank you a million times.”
SELECTED CLIENT LIST
Regis Philbin: Media Personality
Bob Cavallo– Disney CEO Retirement
Mary Manin Morrissey, Motivational Speaker (Inside Edge)
Mindy Weiss, Los Angeles Celebrity Party Planner “Birthday song”
Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce: Beverly Hilton
International Rotary Conference, Canada
National Speakers Association: 8 Speaker Recap Custom songs: Jeanne Robertson, Dan Thurman, Peter Sheehan, Sally Hogshead, Vernice “fly girl” Armour, Kevin Bracy, Steve Gillilland, Jeff Jarvis
Mindy Weiss (Celebrity Event Planner) Created and performed a number of wedding & custom songs including the Jennings Wedding at Hotel Bel Air
Gardena High School (theme song / 100th Anniversary song plus other Alumni songs)
Go For Broke Foundation & Nisei Veterans (Japanese American War Veterans tributes)
YPO (Young President’s Organization)
The Montage, Laguna Beach (many private events)
Themes for Non-Profits/Charities: Matthew 25, Hope for Kids, Spondylitis Association of America, Inner City Games, Feed the Dream