Signing Story: Payday

Date Signed: July 2021

Label: COR/TAN Records

Type of Music: Pop/Rap

Management: Ceremony of Roses

Booking: N/A

Legal: Jeremy Mohr - Rothenberg, Mohr & Binder, LLP

Web: everyonelovespayday.com

A&R: Rhea Pasricha

When 18-year-old singer and songwriter Payday signed a publishing deal with Prescription Songs, they knew they had acquired a major talent. “From the moment I met Payday, I knew she was special,” says Prescription’s Rhea Pasricha. “She doesn’t fit into any one box and that’s what makes her so exciting.”

She couldn’t be more right, but it’s been a long journey for the artist who started writing and recording music when she was just 12 years old. 

“Soon after, I started posting tracks to Soundcloud with my friends,” Payday says. “We were just doing it for fun and I thought they'd get, like, 10 streams, but each new song would get more and more listens. In my freshman year of high school, I released “Super Thicc,” “Disco Dancing,” and “I Don't Cry,” which all blew up way more than any of my other songs and things started to get a bit more real. Then throughout 2020 I started releasing the Puke Tape EP series and the It's Just Music mixtape... things started getting pretty crazy after that and I haven't looked back since!”

Payday says that her sound blurs the boundaries between rap, pop and alternative, although she maintains that genres are less of a concern in the current climate.

“I titled my Puke Tape EPs with that name because they were exactly that, puke!,” she says. “The songs were all over the place (in a good way!) and were all sorts of genres, styles and sounds, almost like I puked out a bunch of different songs.”

You’ve got to love that imagery. It’s the sort of passion that brought her to the attention of Prescription Songs.

“I think Rhea reached out when I started releasing the Puke Tape EPs,” she says. “Since the first day we met I've loved talking and working with Rhea, whether it's about music or whatever. I feel that her and Prescription really understand me and what I want to do with my music. They really empower me to be the best that I can be, while also allowing me to stay true to who I am and the music that I want to make.”

Looking ahead, Payday has high plans for the rest of 2022.

“You'll have to sit tight on that one, but just know that I am planning world domination,” she says. “There will be plenty more Payday in 2022—music, shows, videos, clothing... everything that you could imagine and more. And while you're at it, make sure to follow my clothing brand Paylien (@paylien_)—you won't regret it!”