“Glamorous” BERTHA PAYNE
A native of Lakeland, Tennessee, is an upcoming blues artist to watch, Ms. Bertha Payne has paid her dues to get where she is today from dealing with personal pressure, so call promoters and producers mainly because they didn’t know how to groom her talent wise or didn’t take the time to develop her a style and sound all her own.
Bertha grew up singing the songs of her cousin KoKo Taylor and by most part Memphis musicians are not into KoKo Taylor, so they didn’t play well and she didn’t sing well so it all was a bad set. But with everything against her and nothing for her, she kept going because of her love for entertainment.
My understanding is she worked with several users who were more into personal or financial gain rather than developing her as an Artist. Today Bertha Payne is well polished and developed since being produced by Kim Melvin Kimmons, a former Memphis recording artist of HI records. She has a powerful blues soul sound and a stage presence that really highlights her as the artist she always was.
Today with her background singers Sweetbabi the three perform as a group rarely found in the blues market of today. They entertain at best together. Their show is a crowd pleaser and full of class and spirit. Today with a new album released, Bertha Payne and her background singers Sweetbabi are bound to shake up the blues market.