May Payne's musical career began when she gained a cult following online at age 14, her outspoken vulnerability forming a sincere, deep connection between her and her audience of 10,000s of fellow teens. This radical honesty still guides the 21-year-old singer-songwriter today as she shares her innermost thoughts through her sensitive, emotion-lead music. Drawing from an eclectic mix of influences including RnB, emo, and folk, May uses her music as a form of self-therapy, writing songs in the hopes of being able to better understand her intense and confusing emotions. She recently was crowned winner of the inaugural 'CASIO Sessions' competition, impressing the panel with an emotive performance of 'I Hate It When You Touch Me', the second single from her debut EP.
Sane (Live Strings Version)
This upcoming release showcases her songs at their most sensitive and confessional, stripped back and accompanied by string octet. May arranged the string parts herself in collaboration with producer Noah Curran. The EP is due to be released on March 1st alongside a poignant and visually striking video of this performance, captured as part of a self-organised live session at Sacred Trinity Church in Manchester.
After years of honing her craft at Berklee and the Royal Northern College of Music, May formed a band of close friends to help her realise her sound. The group have performed at venues across the country, supporting the likes of NEEVE, Rosie Frater-Taylor, Bonnie Kemplay, and The Slow Readers Club. Currently Manchester based, May has received support from Spotify Editorials, Amazing Radio, BBC Introducing, and has been featured as a Fresh On The Net favourite. Her music has been played in stores nationwide by the likes of McDonalds, Spar, CostCutter, Nisa, and many more name brands. She is currently in the process of co-producing her 2nd EP alongside Toby Ollis-Brownstone, a Big Thief-inspired departure from her previous sound.