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 Clif Payne was born in Harlem and resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. His eclectic vocals span the genres of  jazz, R&B, gospel, blues, rock, folk and pop. He is "a lush tenor with soaring melismas in his individual passages," according to the Los Angeles Times. Clif has performed with Freda Payne, Evelyn "Champagne" King, Norman Connors, Bobby McFerrin, Ellis Hall, Sheena Easton, American Idol judge & vocal coach Peggy Blu, Four Play drummer Harvey Mason, jazz vocalist Clairdee, Grammy award-winning producer Narada Michael Walden (Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin) jazz fusionists Hiroshima, former Chicago vocalist Bill Champlin and legendary R&B band Tower of Power. Clif has opened for Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis and Dionne Warwick.
   Welcome To My World was Clif's debut solo album released in 2016 and features in duet-"No Payne, No Gain" -with the legendary R&B/Jazz vocalist Freda Payne. She is best known for her hit song "Band Of Gold."  The special mixes of "No Payne, No Gain" spent 2 weeks at the top of the Soul/R&B charts in Great Britain and it also received considerable airplay in the US. In August 2016, Clif and Freda performed their duet live in LA at Herb Alpert's Club Vibrato.Also on the album is original En Vogue singer Maxine Jones. Reggie Calloway from Midnight Star also makes an appearance. Welcome To My World was produced by R&B Songwriter Hall of famer Preston Glass, and Grammy orchestra music director Larry Batiste. The album was on the Grammy ballot for nomination for Best R&B Vocal.

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     Clif was born into a musical family. His father was a reedsman who gigged with jazz legends Lionel Hampton, Fletcher Henderson and was one of the many talented musicians of the Harlem Renaissance. Clif's mother was a talented vocalist who once backed Nat "King" Cole in a vocal ensemble. Shandra Bennett, Clif's cousin, is a background vocalist with country sensation Martina McBride.  As a child, Clif sang in his grandfather's church choir.  From there, Clif developed into a crooner steeped in the tradition of music's greatest singers.  

    Clif's musical epiphany occurred back in the 1970s upon hearing a 45-rpm record of Donny Hathaway, "Jealous Guy," from the Donny Hathaway Live record. "I was floored! So, I went right out and bought the whole  album!” But Bobby McFerrin is credited with "discovering" Clif, who saw Bobby singing at a club one California evening. Clif went in, talked with Bobby during a break.  Bobby asked Clif, "Are you good?"  Clif answered "Yes!"  Bobby asked further, "Are you REAL GOOD?" Again, Clif replied, "YES!" and talked Bobby into singing with him.  So at the start of the next set, Bobby introduced Clif to the audience and then let Clif, "do his thang!" The audience response was so great that Bobby sang with Clif and invited him to be the special guest at Bobby's next gig. At that gig, Bobby gave Clif his first California gig as a soloist.   

      Clif's latest project is his follow album to Welcome To My World and currently in pre-production--TOO--scheduled for a January 2018 release.  Once again, Freda Payne and Clif will reunite for another special duet.
   

Clif at the benefit for houston flood victims