David was playing guitar & singing in churches with his family in Kentucky at age 6. At age 8 he lost his father in an accident. At 10 he was winning regional talent shows & sitting in with country bands in clubs until his mother suddenly died when David was 11 years old. His oldest brother took him in, and at age 13, David's very first rock band was featured on David Letterman’s television show.
David was in every musical and drama production his high school presented, most notably portraying Conrad Birdie in "Bye-Bye Birdie", and Tony in "West Side Story", winning his school's Best Actor Thespian Award.
Graduating at 17, David immediately went on the road full-time as lead guitarist and vocalist with national Christian recording groups including: "Eternity", "The Cruse Family", "David Teems & The Calling", "Free Fare", and Grammy Award winners "Mylon LeFevre & Broken Heart".
David was featured on the Grammy-nominated "Sheep In Wolves Clothing" album and Live Concert Video.
As lead guitarist of Mylon LeFevre & Broken Heart, David played for tens of thousands in civic centers, theme parks, arenas, stadiums and all of the largest Christian Music Festivals around the country, including headlining at Creation Festival for an audience of 63,000 people.
In 1991, David Payton recorded his first solo CD, "I Got Wise", which was released nationally on Refuge Records. His songs were also included on the highly acclaimed worldwide release, " Heavenly Blues". This was followed by continuous touring as a solo artist for the next 12 years.
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As former lead guitarist and vocalist of U.S. Beat, David has performed for Microsoft, CNN, Nokia, Georgia Pacific, the Sugar Bowl and many others. He has also performed for over 2 dozen State Governors at Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue’s Governor’s Ball with special guest: American Idol’s Diana DeGarmo.
Dramatically, David Payton has portrayed the role of Jesus before thousands in Atlanta’s Mount Paran Church Passion production for years. Currently, David is a member of PlayRight Productions, performing "Smoke on the Mountain", "Cotton Patch Gospel", and other hit productions in venues all over Georgia to sellout crowds, in all of which David acts, sings, dances, plays guitar, banjo, and mandolin.
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