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Paper Skin

by Kendall Payne

She has created yet another masterpiece. Her songwriting is deep and meaningful. Her voice is tender yet hopeful. Paper Skin will quickly become a soundtrack for your life.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. Not Afraid To Be Me
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2. I Will Show You Love
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3. One More Try
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4. Lines
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5. Fail
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6. Small
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7. Belonging
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8. Touch
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9. Back To Normal
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10. Daddy
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11. Burning Embers
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12. Paper Skin
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Kendall Payne has created yet another masterpiece! Her songwriting is deep and meaningful. Her voice is tender yet hopeful. Paper Skin will quickly become a soundtrack for your life and its songs will continue to inspire countless listeners for years to come.

Getting her start at the young age of 17, Kendall Payne was signed to Capitol Records (EMI) and released her first album Jordan's Sister in 1999, which was later picked up and distributed by Sparrow Records (EMI). Over the next several years Payne worked tirelessly touring with The Lilith Fair, Dido, Third Day, Delirious, and many others, and seeing the use of her music in movies such as "Never Been Kissed" and TV shows such as "Popular" and "Felicity". With an extensive touring history under her belt, a Dove Award for "Best Alternative Album of the Year", and over 100,000 units sold the future was looking bright.

That is until a regime change at Capitol Records left Payne without label support, which is the "down and dirty" way of saying she got dropped.

Entering a dark and trying season of disillusionment Payne still managed to channel her emotion into song. With the financial backing of her friend Zachary Levi Payne's second project Grown was released independently in 2004. The release garnered tremendous critical accolades and unusually impressive sales, success and exposure that boomed after Payne's song Scratch was featured in an episode of the hit TV show "Grey's Anatomy".

Regardless of these successes it remained unclear what Payne's future would hold. Without any interest from major record labels she wondered if she'd ever get the chance to make another album. However, with the encouragement of family and friends Payne began to embrace her identity as an independent artist and began to revel in its potential. She recounts, "I once had a great philosophy teacher who told me, 'If an eagle only has one strong wing it won't be able to fly very high. It will need to strengthen its weaker wing in order to reach new heights.' Now I appreciate the uphill road I've had to climb because it's made me develop the sides of my personality that weren't so strong. I am a better person because of it; how could I be anything but grateful?"

After receiving a piano as a gift from her husband in early April of 2006, Payne decided to set aside her acoustic guitar and tickle the ivories for a season. "It's kinda funny," Payne recalls, "I decided to learn piano because I wanted to have a Christmas party. Sounds strange, but it's true. I love singing carols and they sound much better on piano. So everyday from April to December I would practice "Joy to the World", "Silent Night", and a host of other classics. My neighbors weren't too happy come mid-July, but my party guests were very impressed come December!"

Having played guitar all her life Payne began to feel that her songwriting had grown predictable. However, the novelty of a new instrument awoke her creativity. "I let my heart, not my head, find the melody." Before too long the demos for Paper Skin were compiled and with a newly inspired confidence Payne headed into the studio with producer Tim Schoenhals.

The album took approximately three weeks to record, mix, and master, with most of the vocals and performances being recorded in just one take. "My last two albums took the better part of a year to make. I simply refused to do that this time," states Payne.

The title of the album Paper Skin does not mislead, for it is by far her most honest work to date, replete with universal, life-inspired themes of love, loss, failure, spirituality, and the unrelenting hope of the human spirit. What makes Payne's music so special and so well-received and respected is her uncanny ability to weave life's most commonly shared experiences into some of the most brilliant lyrics and most moving melodies. Her music is nothing less than amazing and nothing but apropos, it is the soundtrack for life!


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angus cooney

very nice love the melody changes, will look out for more of her music.

angus cooney

Buddha's Rervenge


A Must-Have for all!
Kendall Payne's back, and better than ever! Paper Skin is the must-have album for all Payne's fans, and it will surely bring on board a few new ears to her amazing voice, and incredible lyrical talent.

The album opens with the powerful “Not Afraid to Be Me,” which pretty much sets the pace for a lyrically, vocally and musically strong album. Ten thumbs up! Yay! I've got 10 thumbs!!! xD

Alexandra E.

This girl has a beautifully smooth voice!
You go girl!!!


Great album!
I first heard Kendall Payne featured on Grey's Anatomy and knew immediately I had to have the cd. I was not disappointed - a great album!

Tanja Caliano

Deep and meaningful, indeed!
I am more than happy that I came across Kendall on iTunes. It is very, very difficult in Switzerland to get music of and/or hear about independent artists, so I am glad that I stumble across songwriters such as Kendall every once in a while. Her songs are deep, sometimes sad, serious, amazing and absolutely beautiful!!!

vicki Klabusich

Kendall, you are the greatest! You are so wise for your years, hon. ( I have a daughter your age.) The talent you display in your albums amazes me. I recently got Paper Skin. (I have them all now.) Congrats on the fast piano learning! I'm so impressed!
I still favor your original music, altho I love anything you do! What is next for you Kendall? How about a spiritual album with your perspective on living the Christian life? etc. Songs for encouragement and hope that are uplifting for those times when we get down and discouraged in this world of struggles.
I pray God blesses you and your hubby abundantly!
YOu keep up the good work and know that Kendall fans are out there! All the way to Indiana!
Oh, Pray is my very favorite song!
Vicki Klabusich
Elkhart, Indiana

Allan MacBain

Paper Skin
Kendall Payne sings with passion & her lyrics make you think.
'Paper Skin' is, as the title suggests, much more 'raw' than 'Jordan's Sister' or 'Grown'; but, still has her distinctive style, which just gets better & better with each successive album.
If you prefer pre-digested 'pap'/pop you may not appreciate her songs; however, the more you experience of life, you'll find more & more in her songs that speaks to you. In my opinion, her albums are destined to become classics.

Adrian Crowe a good way
They nailed it right on the head in the above description. This is very much an album you put on and swear you've heard before and enjoyed. She has an interesting way of connecting with her audience through personal song. Very much enjoy this album. You will too.

tamra engle

honest reflections with really nice melodies
When I played some of Kendalls songs in a pre-show mix for MY show. EVERYONE asked me who was the gal playing piano before the show was. This album was a very happy discovery, and hope that my "preview" resulted in lots of folks going out at buying it. go ahead click the buy it button you'll be very glad you did....
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