Positive Music Awards

Photo by Jim Downer, NewVision Productions ©2011

TEDx talk “Preparing for Spontaneity”

Harold Payne speaking and performing at TEDx Delray Beach

UK Q Award Best Album 2012

Harold Payne

Harold Payne is a Multi-platinum songwriter and master improviser, who combines prepared customized material and “on the spot” songs to create a pinnacle moment for concerts, special events and conferences that entertain, inspire and involve the audience.

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  • Bio/credits

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. His most recent charted music was Daylight by Kelly Rowland and the summer 2012 release “Bravest Man in the Universe” by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Bobby Womack co-written by Payne, Womack, Damon Albarn (Gorillaz & Blur frontman) & Richard Russell (XL Recordings head) In 2011, he flew to London to partner with Damon Albarn and Richard Russell to, collaborate on new songs for Bobby Womack. The album won the prestigious “Q” award in the UK for “Best Album of the Year."   Although a major part of Harold Payne’s career has involved songwriting, he has maintained a performance schedule over several decades that averages 200 plus 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, & Hawaiian legend “Iz” (Israel Kamakawiwo`ole). In 2001 he launched the Power of Positive Music® series which led him to performing with motivational speakers like Mark Victor Hansen and Robert G. Allen, and at conferences and positive music events. He often uses his uncanny gift for spontaneity to create recap songs of talks just presented and custom material for various tributes, “team building” and leadership activities to help make these events more entertaining and interactive while still imparting important content. His performances are soulful, heartfelt and humorous and he plays both solo and with the group Gravity 180.  

Songs recorded by: Kelly Rowland, Snoop Dogg, Bobby Womack, Lana Del Rey, 
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,
 Kingston Trio,
 Leon Russell,
Peter Paul & Mary  
  • Songs in Motion Pictures:

Beverly Hills Cop II,
Summer Rental, 
Back To The Beach,
 That Was Then, 
Psychic Force I & II (Japanese animated feature score), Manzanar Fishing Club  
  • Theme songs for:

Feed the Dream for FeedTheDream.org; "We Wanna Make a Difference" Leadership Loveland; 
"We Know How It Feels" Spondylitis Association of America; 
"Quiet Heroes" for Go for Broke Foundation; 
We Can Share The Dream (Arnold Swarzenegger's Inner City Games; 
Music Speakers Louder Than Words (Soviet American Songwriter Summit);
 Music Speakers Louder Than Words (1st annual Salute to the American Songwriter);
 Sonoma County Wine Auction ("kickoff song")


2014 News

Contagious Optimism

Harold Payne joins the Contagious Optimism team along with David Mezzapelle (Founder) and Smile TV (Sandy Pedeflous and Sherry Hursey). The next Contagious Optimism Live event is being held October 11 2014 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Art Plaza. Get additional information at:  contagiousoptimismlive.com


NSA Speakers Convention

Harold Payne will be presenting to the Youth Program at the NSA Speakers Convention in San Diego on  June 30, 2014.  


Read the article in  ECHOES MAGAZINE June 2012

Making of “The Bravest Man in the Universe”

interview with Harold Payne, Bobby Womack, Richard Russell and Damon Albarn


Best Album of the year

October 22, 2012 Bobby Womack’s “Bravest Man in the Universe” co-written by Harold Payne, Bobby Womack, Damon Albarn & Richard Russell wins Q award in UK for “Best Album of the year”


TEDX Del Ray Beach

May 3, 2013 Harold Payne does TEDx talk on “Preparing for Spontaneity” and custom song recap at finale.



July 15-17, 2012 Harold Payne will be performing “recap improv” on the Main stage of The National Speakers Association conference in Indianapolis, In and created custom songs for each of the main speakers.



June 12, 2012 Bobby WOMACK “Bravest Man in the Universe” album (co-written by Harold Payne) released to rave reviews and enters the Billboard charts.


DOCUMENTARY features song “To Be Free”

JUNE 2012 Manzanar Fishing Club movie including the theme song “To Be Free” written and performed by Harold Payne currently at selected theaters



MAY 2012: GRAVITY 180 film garners documentary award at Monaco film festival



“Harold was a great presence in the studio. I love his approach to it. He raised the level of everything. The songwriting is so good, and done by somebody on the inside, somebody integral to who Bobby is. “And it’s funny to see them together. They are a real double act. Harold is Bobby’s straight-man. He’s a patient man too. We loved having him around.”


Read the article in  ECHOS MAGAZINE June 2012



“Payne’s expressive, bluesy voice is the shining thread that ties it all together into messages that are benevolent, never strident.” …read entire feature: MCSongwriterProfile.doc



"Payne shared the song in 2003 at the Go For Broke Monument's 4th anniversary celebration….After his spine-tingling performance at our 2011 Evening of Aloha, we asked Payne if we could post it to our website for the veterans and their families…"


Quiet Heroes


No Payne No Gain" op ed news piece by Meryl Ann Butler


"Nowadays, Payne's goal is to leave his audiences happier than he found them, noting, 'My mission is to touch people's lives in a positive way and to use my gifts for good--and for good fun…'"



Harold Payne

Gravity/Gravity 180


BOOKING: Chris Fletcher

(818) 376-1380


For orders and other information send email to:


(310) 574-0022



BOOKING: Chris Fletcher
(818) 376-1380

For orders and other information

email positivepayne@me.com
(310) 574-0022

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