Barbara Payton is a sultry, Detroit rock singer/songwriter with a soulful, bluesy voice. Recognized as one of Detroit’s most powerful and engaging live performers, Barbara Payton has rocked stages, festivals, arenas and private listening rooms for more than 25 years. In addition to her solo career, Barbara has toured as a background singer for both Bob Seger and Kid Rock.
2013 Detroit Music Awards
◾Outstanding Blues/R&B Vocalist – Barbara Payton
◾Outstanding Blues Artist/Group – Barbara Payton & The Instigators
◾Outstanding Rock/Pop Vocalist – Barbara Payton
2014 Women in the Arts Award from Outstanding Women Awards, an award dedicated to a woman artist or musician who has shared her talents with the community and followed her talents and passion for the arts.
LGBT Community of Michigan “Cultural Award” 2001- For outstanding contribution of time, talent, and pride. In support of the services and welfare of our community and people.
Notable Live Performances
2006 Human Rights Campaign Fund – Gala Dinner
2004 Human Rights Campaign Fund – Women’s Empowerment Dinner
1999 – 2002 Marianne Williamson’s Gospel Truth Choir, Renaissance Unity Church (special appearance by Steven Tyler & Mary Mary)