We have featured Nashville’s Payton Taylor several time before here at Belles and Gals – in fact she was the first US artist we ever interviewed back in 2016 – and last Friday saw the independent release of her latest single, “Rhinestone”. The track has already featured on multiple playlists as well as being Back Stage Nashville’s “New Music Friday Pick of the Week” and is a song that is particularly special to Payton as it’s her first self-penned release.
Produced by Phil O’Donnell and Wade Kirby, the song itself is a sweeping 6/8 ballad which reflects on the disillusionment she has experienced while chasing her dreams, focussing in particular on finding herself in a world that is beautiful on the surface but never as it seems. I love the song’s thought provoking lyrical content, the arrangement and of course as usual Payton’s vocals are incredible and particularly emotional on this track.
She says of the inspiration behind it ” This song was more of a diary entry than a song to begin with. The opening lines ‘ Gold record signs will blind you, and boys who can sing with guitars’ were a reflection of my innocence when I first moved to Nashville. ” She continues to explain how, just like a diamond is formed under pressure, her experiences over the years of feeling crushed or in darkness are chapters of learning who you are. Nashville has taught her lessons through blood, sweat and tears, something I’m sure a lot of artists trying to make their way in music city in particular, or the cut throat music business in general, can relate to. But its ultimate message to ” always stay a diamond in this rhinestone world” is great advice to everyone!
” Rhinestone” is available to stream and download now in all the usual places ( remember, independent artists need our support more than ever these days) . Stay tuned to paytontaylor.com to keep up with all her news and find links to her socials.
Review written by Lesley Hastings (twitter.com/lesleyhastings)