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Harold Payne is a multi-platinum and Posi award-winning songwriter whose soulful uplifting songs and husky heartfelt vocals have graced stages around the world. He has written songs for such diverse artists as Rod Stewart, Patti LaBelle, the Temptations, and long time collaborator, Bobby Womack—literally from Peter Paul and Mary to Snoop Dogg. Most recently, Rudimental reached #1 on the UK album charts containing the Womack/Payne song “New Day”, “Daylight” charted with Kelly Rowland plus the CD “Bravest Man in the Universe” which was co-written by Payne, Bobby Womack, Damon Albarn (Gorillaz) & Richard Russell (XL Recordings) received the prestigious “Q” award in the UK for “Best Album of the Year.”

Harold’s latest CD “Possibilities” contains his hallmark uplifting & positive songs, which, combined with his notorious improv ability has led to multiple appearances with motivational and inspiring presenters like Kyle Cease (Evolving Out Loud), Mark Victor Hanson (Chicken Soup for the  Soul), Jim Cathcart (the Acorn Principal) along with the National Speakers Association conference, Contagious Optimism Live & TEDx Del Ray Beach.


Although a major part of Harold Payne’s career has involved songwriting, he has maintained a performance schedule over several decades averaging over 200 dates per year. Harold has played just about every imaginable venue… from amphitheaters, festivals & Houses of Blues to corporate events, houses of worship & house concerts. He has opened for the likes of Van Morrison, Kenny Loggins, Heart, Emmy Lou Harris, Air Supply & Hawaiian legend “Iz” (Israel Kamakawiwo`ole). He was also invited by Jimmy Webb & Paul Williams to perform their songs at tribute concerts, and created customs songs for Regis Philbin, Al Pacino & Bob Cavallo. Most recently, Harold has created a one man themed show called ‘Under the Radar Over the Moon.’

At every performance he presents at least one “ON THE SPOT” improv creation, which is truly his musical signature! He often uses his uncanny gift for spontaneity to create recap songs, of talks just presented. Harold’s custom material for various tributes, “team building” and leadership activities help make special events more entertaining and interactive, while still imparting important content. All of Payne’s performances are soulful, heartfelt and humorous.


Harold is available for songwriting & creativity workshops for children and adults.  Some of his past workshops have been conducted at SummerSongs, Empower Music Festival, Elementary Career Days, Songwriting & Wellness retreats and Creative Intensives in Indonesia, Cuba, Rancho La Puerta (Mexico).


  • Songwriting Playshop (all levels)
  • The Art of Collaboration
  • Preparing for Spontaneity
  • Improv & Custom Song Creations


Songs recorded by: Kelly Rowland, Snoop Dogg, Bobby Womack, Taj Mahal, Juelz Santana, Kalapana, 50 Cent, Dennis Pavao, Lloyd Banks, Rod Stewart, The Cover Girls, Patti Labelle, Ron Wood (of the Rolling Stones), The Temptations, Sly Stone, Leon Russell, Peter Paul & Mary, The Kingston Trio, Rudimental, Lana Del Rey, Taj Mahal,  PLUS MANY MORE!


Beverly Hills Cop II, Splash, Summer Rental, Experts, Back To The Beach, That Was Then, Psychic Force I & II (Japanese animated feature score), Manzanar Fishing Club, Field of Lost Shoes and Behind the Sightings


Harold Payne receiving 2017 Empower Music Award for “One Step”

In a world bombarded with negative images, on TV, in movies, in music, not to mention real life, Harold Payne has made a commitment to be a positive influence, by releasing the Power of Positive Music™ series. The mission is to create & compile music of a positive, motivational and/or uplifting nature and make it available under the Power of Positive Music™ concept on CDs, on the internet, and in live performance.

Listen to the Harold’s positive music songs at:


Songwriter of the year 2001
“Love Conquers All” – Smooth Jazz Album (Gravity 180)


“One Step” (Harold Payne)
 “Walking in the Right Direction (Harold Payne & J.D. Martin)
“Stand Together” (Harold Payne & Faith Rivera)
“Something Wonderful” (Harold Payne)


Soviet/American Songwriter Summit "Music Speaks Louder than Words"

Soviet/American Songwriter Summit “Music Speaks Louder than Words”

For many years, Harold Payne has custom written & recorded music for a number of special projects… Corporate Events, Conference Themes, Non-Profit businesses, and special music events. Below are some of those special music projects.

Estonian Evergreens Music project

6 US based songwriters were asked to write English lyrics to the most popularEstonian songs from 1945-1980 that were hidden behind the “iron curtain.”

Share the Dream (Commissioned for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Inner City Games Theme)

Music Speaks Louder Than Words (First Annual Salute to the American Songwriter)

This song has been covered by over 100 artists!

Contagious Optimism (Written as a theme song for the Contagious Optimism events)

Quiet Heroes (Written for the Go for Broke Foundation &  used by The Nisei Project)


Feed the Dream (FeedTheDream.org)

Leadership Torrance “Saving Changing Lives”

We Wanna Make A Difference (Leadership Loveland)

We know how it feels (Spondylitis Association of America)

Sonoma County Wine Auction Kick Off song

Love Song Collection CD (Sybaris)

Cigar in the Bottle (Music for X-quisite X-perience)

National Chamber of Commerce Association (Conference song)

Booking: Chris Fletcher  ccmusicbooking@gmail.com  (818) 376-1380

For orders & other info: HaroldPayneMusic@gmail.com  (310) 574-0022