4.2.18: Exclusive Interview with PEYTON on #HOUSETRAINED Showcasing The Launch Of Sinners Got Soul Too
Based on Anti-Bullying and Love, the whole album will resonate with your soul.
For the past 15 years, “The undisputed voice of soulful house” Peyton has been lending his distinct vocals to some of the world’s top house producers. With his chart topping breakout hit ‘A Higher Place’ produced for Hed
Kandi by Eric Kupper, Peyton became one of club house’s most popular vocalists, landing him worldwide tours
and recognition from some of the clubbing world’s finest DJs.
Departing from the electronic world has long been on the cards for Peyton and, whilst he has enjoyed the fruits
of his labour absorbing himself into the Ibiza clubbing world, a call from his roots has beckoned from afar. His
youth spent in the gospel drenched church of Virginia, where his father was a preacher, has always inspired
him, but with the top lines and four to the floor beats of modern house taking the centre stage away from his
smooth vocals, it was time for a radical change.
Teaming up with producer James Reynolds (Emeli Sande, Ellie Goulding, Snoop Dog, Tinie Tempah, Years &
Years), Peyton has endeavoured to capture the traditional sounds of his youth, while simultaneously upholding
contemporary sensibilities of 21 st century pop music. It’s an album of blues infused soul that truly represents an
artist who has musically matured.
Lyrically, the album sends the same message that Peyton has been singing about for years, “what I really want
to achieve with this album is the same thing I have always set out to achieve with the music I make: to raise
people’s consciousness, to lift people’s spirits, to move people’s hearts.”
The idea for ‘Sinners Got Soul Too’ formed when Peyton was asked by a friend to write a song that could
express his love for his wife on her 50 th birthday. Not wanting to feel restricted by the genre constraints of his
past, the song ‘The Way I Love You’ resulted in a heartfelt piano-led pop track and, in turn catalysed his desire
to create more tracks departing from dance music. ‘All Ways Up’ a second track commissioned by the same
friend to become the anthem for his charity foundation, and ‘Be My Enough’ (written by Peyton for his husband
on their wedding day), proved to Peyton that he was not just capable of writing songs in differing styles, but he
was energised by the joy of it.
Other tracks that feature on the album include ‘I’ll Rise’, the empowering poem by poet and activist Maya
Angelou (set to the music of Ben C Harper) which Peyton performed for the X Factor judges in his audition, a
version of ‘A Higher Place’ that evokes the halls of an evangelical church gospel choir, the stirring soul number
‘Jericho’, and ‘When They Go Low’ the anti-bullying anthem that takes inspiration from Michelle Obama’s
celebrated speech at the National Democratic Convention.
Since the release of the first single ‘When They Go Low’, Peyton has become an ambassador for the UK anti-
bullying charity Bullying UK. Taking up a position like this is something he hoped to do for years, as his own
experiences with bullying shaped his relationship with music greatly in his childhood, “In my youth I tried to
participate in the performing arts at school, but this always resulted in a great deal of bullying. I finally gave up
doing anything at my school which was associated with the arts, so the church became a kind of safe haven for me.
Nobody bullied you at church for singing, because singing was considered a gift from God that we were encouraged to use!”