The 2018 International Western Music Association Liz Masterson Crescendo Award winner

Abby Payne

"Perfoming music has changed my life and I sincerely hope my perfomances bring joy to many." ~ Abby Payne

“I’m very fortunate to have been around this young lady who has a genuine love and gift for music. Not only that - but most importantly, a willingness to practice and put in the work necessary to become a great musician. She is going to do great things.” ~Sincerely, Jake Hooker

"An entertainer. Abby Payne is just that. A sweet girl who loves the music enough to crave excellence, to invest time and dedication into honing her skills on upright bass, guitar, and vocals. I am honored to call her a friend, and I can’t wait to see where she goes!" ~Mikki Daniel

"Abby Payne is blessed with true musical ability, a developing powerhouse voice, and a real heart for western swing music.  With this combination, it's, "Look out, Texas, look out World!!"  ~ Devon Dawson

"Abby Payne is one of today's most exciting and talented young Western Swing artists! As a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, she is destined to be on the front line as a leader of this music we all love." ~ Bobby Flores

"This was the first year Abby Payne attended the WMA (Western Music Association Convention) and she was a breath of fresh air to all who watched her perform. Great vocals and great guitar accompaniment. She's a rising star!" ~Banjojudy

"The future of Western Music is in good hands as long as there are wonderful performers like Abby. It's been a real pleasure to watch her grow into the talented and confident entertainer she is today. Keep an eye on her!" ~ Marsha Short, IWMA Executive Director

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