Arthur Payne

Writer, Artist, and Consultant in Kansas City, MO

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The musical journey of Arthur E. Payne III aka "Poetry" began in 1962 at the age of seven with the writing of a children's song, "It's A Nice Day". Being very shy and keeping his writing skills a secret, it wasn't until 1967 at the age of 12 and with the urging of childhood best friend Daniel B Harris that his songwriting skills begin coming to the forefront. Singing background in his first ever 5 man singing R&B group, "The Exceptions" led by the tenor of Daniel Harris, his first song "It's A Nice Day" was to become this group's first original performance song, being transformed from a children's tune to a teenager love song by Arthur and co-member David E Skannal. David would also become the first person to ever co-write with Arthur as they would write many more songs together.

After the break-up of "The Exceptions"and having been bitten by the performing "bug", Arthur went on to form his first R&B group, "Poetry In Motion", naming the group after his musical nickname "Poetry", chosen by him because it was usually said that he wrote nice "poetry". This group consisted of 4 male singers and 1 female singer which led to the writing of songs that could be sung by a female vocalist. This group would only perform original songs written or co-written by Arthur and was modeled after childhood idol, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles although every member sang lead on various songs.

"Poetry In Motion" would be disbanded and for a brief while Arthur was a solo performer, shopping his songs and himself as a singer/songwriter until being advised by the Detroit management team of Lloyd & Lloyd, that a recording contract was more accessible if he had a band or group. Taking their advice, the 3 man R&B band "3PM" was born with members Eric Hayslett & Marlon Bankston.

This group would go on to record a trial 45 RPM single record for MCA Records. Not being signed, the group broke up and Arthur once again returned to shopping his songs to other artists and eventually to managing other performers, helping several to become professional recording musicians and singers with major labels.

Disillusioned with the current state of R&B music and with the encouragement of his longtime music attorney, Kendall Minter, the indie Christian label, Dreamin' Out Loud Entertainment, a division of Dreamin' Out Loud, LLC was born late '08.

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