May Payne singer-songwriter

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.

Debut EP - Sane

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"Admissions that feel, through her soulful delivery and cinematic, expansive sonics, as if they’re all her saying them out loud for the first time" - DIY

May's debut EP ‘Sane’ is an exercise in self-therapy, exploring the pain of being a hyper-sensitive young woman from two perspectives, that of her 17-year-old and 21-year-old self. The honesty of her piano-led singer-songwriter ballads is grounded within the warmth and power of her top tier live band, adorned with shimmering production embellishments reminiscent of the likes of Lizzy McAlpine and Phoebe Bridgers. The EP was written, recorded, and produced completely DIY by May and her band of friends including producer Noah Curran in various bedrooms and was released September 1st.

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.