JESSIE PAYO

songwriter/performer

Payo is a true original independent artist that writes Americana/country material in a mature and distinctive voice. It’s rare to hear songs just once where they stay in your mind and linger in your memory. Jessie Payo is that artist. Poignant, moving, introspective, analytical and self critical, Payo’s material covers the spectrum of emotions delving into the human psyche.

- Harriet Kaplan
/Punch Records USA

JESSIE PAYO is a singer/songwriter known for her unique sultry voice, dynamic showmanship and brilliant poetic songwriting.  Her eclectic music style blends influences from classic jazz, indie rock, delta blues to alt Americana. 

Born and raised in Southern California, Payo performs regularly at prominent venues throughout the state from The Troubadour to the El Rey in Los Angeles; The Belly Up! in San Diego; and the Boom Boom Room and Majestic Theatre in San Francisco.  

Payo has toured nationally opening for such artists as Eric Hutchinson, Etta James, Lauryn Hill, Minnie Driver, Kate Nash and Jason Mraz, and performed at the Ravinia Festival in Illinois alongside Melissa Etheridge, Joan Osborne and Paula Cole. Most recently, Payo toured in throughout Asia with TUXEDO (Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One.)  

Payo was featured singing her original song, “Dance Real Close,” on the 2019 Netflix movie The Last Laugh starring Chevy Chase and Richard Dreyfuss and written and directed by Greg Pritikin. The performance of her song resulted in much fanfare throughout social media and a high increase of downloads on iTunes.

Payo recorded her solo album “Down The Mountain,” at Starstruck Studios in Nashville. The album produced by Aben Eubanks (Kelly Clarkson).

Payo has also performed annually at San Diego’s Feeding the Souls Foundation Holiday Fundraiser alongside Bushwalla, Raining Jane and Jason Mraz.

In addition to Payo’s solo career, she is involved in the creation and collaboration of the following projects:

  • PRETTY POLLY– formed with Leeann Skoda, an Americana Duo celebrating the great resurgence of Alternative Folk

  • POM POMS– Payo leads this LA garage pop outfit that mixes French new wave with a 60s LA-rock flair

Payo is also involved with several collective music projects that have sprung up prominently on social media and has recorded for the following:

  • Scary Pockets- a creative funk collective created by Jack Conte (co-founder of Patreon and the band Pomplamoose) and Ryan Lerman (musical director for Michale Buble, John Legend and Ben Folds.

  • Flight of Voices- a collective of independent solo artists and musicians that come together to create musical experiences in unique locations.

  • Postmodern Jukebox- a rotating musical collective founded by arranger and pianist Scott Bradlee in 2011. PMJ is known for reworking popular modern music into different vintage genres, especially early 20th century forms such as swing and jazz. 

Payo was formerly a member of the electro-pop duo JUPITER RISING with Spencer Nezey.  They were best known for the song “Go! which was on the soundtrack of Jump Int., and for their song “Electropop,” which topped the dance charts and achieved a million plays on MySpace.  In addition to performing lead vocals, Payo also contributed by songwriting and co-producing. JUPITER RISING appeared on CBS’s The Insider, MTV’s My Super Sweet 16, E!’s Daily 10 and was interviewed by radio personality and recording artist/producer/song writer Clinton Sparks.