Diana Payne was born in Oklahoma City and grew up in a very musical family. Her first time performing with a band was in the 6th grade where she discovered how at-home she was on stage. She met Grant Leftwich,
the founder of the original Oklahoma Opry, which is also where she would later record her first album. Diana received a music scholarship at age 18, playing with several bands including the college band and 3 years later was featured on the national tv show, "You can be a star". Diana has played dance halls all over Texas, Arkansas, New Mexico, and Arizona.
"You shouldn't keep a lady waiting" was released in 2003 to the European Countries where it rose to top the charts in Austria and Sweden. It was recorded by some of the greatest musicians in Oklahoma at the Oklahoma Opry Studio, 8 songs within 5 hours laid down one after the other from musicians who had never heard her original music.
Looking for something new, Diana began singing rock venues in 2008 enjoying the change of pace.
Currently, Diana is working on a new album with additional writers and longtime guitar player Mr. David Golden. She also writes and records with Joseph Intrieri, whom she met several years ago and within one night of meeting one another, a song was born and recorded within 3 days, “Are you comfortable with me”.
Joseph Intrieri also is currently mastering Diana’s first album she released in 2003 unmastered. It will be finished very soon and will be released 2018.
Diana has been featured in the Daily Oklahoman for her performing at the Multicultural Arts Festival in Oklahoma City, and has also appeared on OETA and KOCO TV, in Oklahoma City. Diana gives the credit of her success to God for the gift he gave her, to her dad who introduced her to music at a very young age her mother for supporting her and teaching her to be strong, to her best friend/guitar player/supporter/husband, her "magic man", Mr. David Golden, to her children for their support and love, and to her devoted loyal fans. Without all of these influences and support, the music that you hear her sing today may never have come along.
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
I have had this voice as long as I can remember and still cannot describe it. I have been called a contralto by a teacher I met many years ago in Nashville. I have written and sung many genre's. Rock, country, pop, gospel, to name a few.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
No. This is my God-Given name from my parents Rose and Bud, whom well put together spell Rosebud. Took me 20 years to realize that. (laughing) There is a funny story about my name Diana Payne though. The reason I keep my God-Given name is because my dad is the one whom introduced me to music and I never want to change what my parents gave me. Coming home from grade school, there was a elderly couple who lived down the street on the corner and Mr. Ingalls would sit outside on the porch every day. He would yell at me while I was walking, "Diana Payne, she's dyinapain"! I'll never forget that and have later used that in my music sites.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
My dad realized my music ability at a very young age and had me singing and recording by the age of 4. From then I just listened to the radio growing up, and when I was introduced to Elvis Presley, I spent hours listening and practicing in my room growing up, preparing for the day I would finally get to meet him and do a duet with him on stage. I truly believed I would. I still have a letter I wrote to him at about age 13 unopened and in my attic, with the address to Graceland, sealed and ready to send, but he died the week I was going to mail it. That is many years ago. I found that letter unopened years ago while going through childhood memories. I decided not to open it until I am in my elderly years, and then I will open it and read what I wrote as a young teenager to the performer who got my attention, and many others.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
I am currently in the studio many times a week producing my unmastered album I recorded and released to the European countries in 2003. The master tape is no longer used in most studio's, but because of great music friends, I have been able to open those archives and am now working with one of my friends/keyboardist, who is a master editor and worked alongside music promoter for over 20 years recording various voices and musicians. He is also the music composer of "Are you comfortable with me", "I want you to know", and "Light up the dark", a few songs he and I have written together. We are almost completed on the editing of this album 2003, and all original music. Once it is completed and packaged, we are on to our project of rock songs written by my magic man, my husband, my guitar player, David Golden, songs that he and I have written together. Many, many projects we are working on at the time. One day at a time
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
I would like to hear the voice I have come so familiar with from a young age and the hard work I have put into keeping my music and voice going through thick and thin, all the battle scars of life, come across fat and big on local radio, all over the world.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
I certainly have performed my share of cover songs working the clubs many nights a week in my younger years, but here recently in 2018, I can tell you one of my favorite cover songs I did with Joseph Intrieri on keyboards and he also engineered and mastered was Michael Jackson's "I'll be there". That was a fun cover song to record. "Fields of Gold was another fun song to do. If you're asking about my original music, it would have to be one of our newest rock songs we are in the process of recording called "Courage", I wrote with my guitar player/husband, David Golden.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus far?
Keeping the music coming through all the battle scars of life which has done a number of trying to steer my focus away from the music.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
I haven't been writing among myself lately as far as spending time with my martin guitar in the bitchin kitchen where I wrote "Momma's lucky day", and "You shouldn't keep a lady waiting", and "The whale jumpin show", but at this time in my life, the process with writing with the 2 men I write with, they compose the music, and I spend my time with the music, and then I complete the song with lyrics and laying down the vocals. My co writers and I work very, very well together. I am blessed to have them in my life.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Wow, well the response and the wonderful comments I receive every single day on emails from fans that literally find me on social media and leave me messages telling me how they love the music. Well, it doesn't get any better than that, I don't think.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
"Are you comfortable with me", "You shouldn't keep a lady waiting", "I want you to know", "Momma's lucky day", "The whale jumpin show".
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
I think the question for me would be, "what have you done while always making music"? Well, I have raised amazing twin daughters, and remarkable son, painting exterior and interior houses, and anything else I could do to make a dollar. Always looking after my parents and my family, and trying to help anyone and everyone I can, and still somehow I've managed to continue what I know I was put on this earth to do, and that is use my voice to spread great messages and love. I have managed to do that along the way. Thank you Lord!
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Learn as much as you can about the business. Music is like snake in the grass you can't see. Identify your snakes and watch your steps!
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?:
Independent artists such as myself having more of a chance for mainstream radio.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
I feel it is absolutely everything. I never have been like anyone else. Since I can remember I have never tried to copy or be like anyone else. Through all the years to this age of 54, I've kept true to myself, and what you see is what you get on stage. Me. I don't know how to be anything else. I never was a good actress.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
A long time ago in my 20's while playing the night after night clubs 5, 6 nights a week with several different bands, 4 and 5 hours a night, I remember the old saying "paying my dues". Well, those definitely were very tough times for me. It's not easy work making people dance every night. I never believed I belonged there. I got off path of what I truly should have focused on. It took me a lot of painful experiences to realize the things I realize today. I realize I had to go through those experiences to be able to have the songs I have today. They are the story of my life. I realize, I have done my time. This is my time.
Websites or Social Media Pages:
Website: (Diana Payne Music) dianapaynemusic.com
Reverbnation and Youtube