Liam Payne Biography
Payne made his debut as a singer when he auditioned as a solo artist for the British television series The X Factor in 2008 with "Fly Me to the Moon" by Frank Sinatra. Though cut by Simon Cowell following judge's house, Payne was encouraged to audition again. He reauditioned as a solo artist in 2010, where he was put into a group along with four other contestants, to form the boy band that would later become known as One Direction. Since joining One Direction, Payne, along with bandmates Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles and former bandmate Zayn Malik, have released five commercially successful albums, performed on four worldwide tours, one featured on concert film One Direction: This Is Us, and won multiple awards, including two BRIT Awards and four MTV Video Music Awards.
Payne has worked independently under the monikers "Big Payno" and "Payno" creating remixes for songs by his band and singer Cheryl Cole. On 19 May 2017, Payne released his debut single "Strip That Down", the lead single from his upcoming debut solo album.
Payne began working as a producer under the monikers "Big Payno" or "Payno," teaming up with fellow producers AfterHrs to remix several tracks including Cheryl Cole's "I Don't Care" in 2014. Some EDM websites noted Payne's remixes were venturing into future house.Payne is also credited with writing Cole's "I Won't Break," off her album Only Human.
Payne has begun working on future projects collaborating with Juicy J on seven tracks with more in the works,DJ Mustard, and Miguel.He has also been in the studio with producer and performing artist Pharrell Williams. Payne also contacted The Collective member and YouTube musician and producer Will Singe.[
In August 2014, Payne created and became director of Hampton Music Limited, a publishing company under which his solo projects will appear.
Payne appeared on the cover of Attitude magazine after being awarded the Sexiest Man of the Year, marking the first and only solo cover and interview by a member of One Direction and furthering speculation of Payne's solo career.
Australian band 5 Seconds of Summer is signed to One Mode Productions Limited, on which Payne serves as one of the directors.
In 2015, Payne collaborated with songwriter Jamie Scott on Irish band Hometown's single "The Night We Met."
In early 2016, Payne featured on a track titled "You" by Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J. Payne denied that the track was a single, but it was confirmed to be a leak from an untitled mixtape, yet to be released.
On 22 July 2016 Payne revealed on Twitter that he had signed a recording contract with Capitol Records.
His debut solo single "Strip That Down", featuring Quavo and co-written with Ed Sheeran and Steve Mac, was released on 19 May 2017. It will be sent to US contemporary hit radio on 23 May 2017.