Richard Elihu Payne
Richard is a native of Westmoreland Country, Virginia. He began formal piano lessons at the age of seven. Richard is a graduate of Virginia State University and Howard University with degrees in music. In addition, he received the prestigious Kodaly Music Certification from the University of North Texas. Richard's recordings include Unconditional Love, a meditative collection of originals and a two CD’s, Dedications and the latest release, Velocity. He is described as "soul and spirit" at the piano. Richard has performed extensively as a soloist, accompanist and with the Richard Payne Trio providing a total experience for the body, mind, and soul. Richard’s style is considered Neo-Classical bridging the gap between classical, blues, jazz and gospel. The other members of the Richard Payne Trio are the very talented Rudy Spruill, bassist; and Roderick Johnson, percussionist.
Richard is Co-Founder of FAME, The Foundation for the Advancement of Music & Education, Inc. a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit, www.FAMEorg.org. Richard serves on the Board of the Washington National Opera. He is a professional speaker, music consultant and coach for musicians and organizations.