Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Clif Payne Sings the Songs of Stevie Wonder
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Sunday, October 2, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm$12 - $15
Clif Payne was born in Harlem and resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. His eclectic vocals span the genres of Jazz, R&B, Gospel, Blues, Rock, Folk and Pop. He is “a lush tenor with soaring melismas in his individual passages,” according to the Los Angeles Times.
Music figures prominently in Payne’s family. As a child, Payne sang in his grandfather’s church choir. His father was a reedsman who gigged with jazz legends Lionel Hampton, Fletcher Henderson and participated in the Harlem Renaissance. Payne’s mother was a talented vocalist who once backed Nat “King” Cole in a vocal ensemble. Shaundra Bennett, Payne’s cousin, is a background vocalist for country star Martina McBride.
Clif has performed with Freda Payne, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Bobby McFerrin, Sheena Easton, R&B band Tower of Power and has opened for Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis and Dionne Warwick.