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In 2003, the American singer and son of a preacher man Christopher Peyton took the dance music world by storm with his first-ever hit ‘A Higher Place’. Produced by the legendary Eric Kupper and released on Hed Kandi records, ‘A Higher Place’ topped the UK dance charts and went on to become a classic anthem of house that is still celebrated by music lovers and DJ’s all over the world, and proved an auspicious beginning to his career. Using his surname alone for an artist name, Peyton went on to work with many of the biggest names and labels in dance music (Frankie Knuckles, The Freemasons,Motoblanco, Stefano Noferini), and released numerous records, earning himself a strong global fan base bolstered by his extensive live appearances at clubs, events and festivals all over the world. Peyton has performed in over 200 cities, in over sixty countries, across six continents, making headline appearances at events like Sydney’s Mardi Gras, the Beijing Olympics after-party, and White Sensation in Prague while holding regular summer residencies in Ibiza at premier venues such as Space and Blue Marlin.
In 2015 Peyton begun work with London-based hit-maker James Reynolds (BTS, Tinie Tempeh, Ellie Goulding, Calvin Harris) on a very special album project which was to be unlike anything he had released before. In order to secure more profile Peyton took a leap and auditioned for the 2016 X Factor UK. The results were superb. Performing an acoustic version of a song that he had released on Hed Kandi in 2004, ‘I’ll Rise’, the judges praised Peyton for being the real deal, with Simon Cowell describing him as “just incredible” and “pure class.” The press quickly clocked on to the fact that this was no ordinary artist, and Peyton was immediately considered the one to watch while the bookies had him down as the most likely to win. With each week and performance, the nation’s love for Peyton swelled until the altogether unexpected outcome at the judge’s houses, when Sharon Osbourne controversially chose Honey G over Peyton to go to the LIVE finals. Peyton reflects positively on the experience saying “It was certainly a memorable and fascinating journey, and one I don’t regret. As an artist it’s always important to challenge yourself in unexpected ways, and I came out of it with a better understanding of myself as an artist and what the talent show machine is all about.”
A year later and Peyton completed work on a stunning body of work that marked his departure from the electronic music world titled ‘Sinners Got Soul Too’. It was the result of an artist who had perfected his craft, and merges elements of the gospel and soul music from his childhood with a thoroughly current sound. Lyrically, the album sends the same message that Peyton has been singing 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.”
Singles from the album include 'When They Go Low', a soul-stirring Pop anthem that takes inspiration from Michelle Obama's celebrated speech at the National Democratic Convention, ‘Carry You’, an uplifting single that received praise from Radio 2 and Sunday Brunch and the third single ‘Jericho’ due for release in September 2018.
Each of these singles was also married with a visual body of work conveying the essence of the songs from Peyton’s friends and fellow creatives Cathy Mac and Phil Bearman. Of the released videos, ‘When They Go Low’ (representing the UK) won the annual INFEVISION music video contest hosted by Eurovision's international fan clubs, and ‘Carry You’ was shortlisted for an award at the Berlin Music Video Awards Festival and was selected by the judges committee to be screened at the festival as part of the Silver Screenings. The video for ‘Jericho’ is to be released in September, and takes inspiration from street culture, graffiti and social media, offering up a humorous yet deeply serious take on current affairs.
Touring Sinners Got Souls Too took Peyton to many new venues across the world, performing album showcases in Mauritius, Ibiza, Sydney, Los Angles, and London. Shows included 4 sold-out performances at London's Crazy Coqs, and a LIVE showcase around the pool at Ibiza's infamous Pikes Hotel (which features in the video and single artwork for When They Go Low).
2018 also saw the release of Peyton's 2003 eponymous Hed Kandi album on digital platforms for the first time. Reflecting on both albums Peyton says, "In a way it’s remarkable that the first album, much like ‘Sinners Got Soul Too’ is a pop album with elements of Gospel and Soul borrowed from my childhood. But where Sinners Got Soul Too differentiates is that inevitably 13 years later my writing has matured and hopefully reflects my own evolution as an artiste and as a human. I’ve had more time to hone my craft and nurture the most important part of all of this, and that is learning how to connect others to my own human experience through the music and the performance."