Deion Payton is a native of Boston, MA, and grew up in Philadelphia, PA. He began singing at the age of four and continued, on to study at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts as a Vocal Major. While attending CAPA, he was afforded the opportunity to perform in such venues as The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, The Academy of Music and a host of other prestigious organizations. He has shared the stage with artists such as Paul Simon, Mali Music, Nick Jonas, Ruth Naomi Floyd, Jabari Johnson and Myron Butler among many others. He has even performed in the presence of former President, Barack Obama.
He studied at Cairn University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a concentration in voice. While at Cairn, Deion restored and led the Cairn Gospel Choir. Now an accredited course, Deion serves on Faculty as Director for the Gospel Choir. During his college career while singing and touring both in Europe and Hong Kong, Deion was afforded the opportunity to go into the schools and share on the origin and practice of Gospel Music and the technique of Gospel Singing.
Deion is most known for his distinguished ability to effortlessly sing many diverse genres. Committed to being a well-rounded musician and vocalist, Deion has studied intensely both African American Gospel Music and European Classical Music. He has done master classes with World Class Verdi Soprano, Sharon Sweet as well as other up and coming Opera Stars such as Sarah Shafer, Paul An and many others. As a teaching artist, Deion has taught pre-school to 12th grade in his career. Currently, he serves as Community Special Projects Manager for the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia.
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