Kendall Payne

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Kendall Payne
Portrait of Kendall Payne
Background information
Born (1980-04-10) April 10, 1980 (age 34)[1]
Santa Monica, California, United States
Occupations Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist
Instruments Singing, Multiple instruments
Years active 1999–present

Kendall Payne is an award-winning singer-songwriter recording artist and currently serves as the Director of Contemporary Worship at Bel Air Presbyterian Church. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and signed a recording contract with Capitol Records when she was a teenager. Her first album, Jordan's Sister, was released by Capitol Records in 1999 and she went on to release five more albums independently. Her music has been used in many films and television shows and she has toured extensively with live appearances around the world. She spent two years on the Lilith Fair tour with Sarah McLachlan and has also toured with the likes of Dido, Ron Sexsmith, Third Day, Switchfoot, and Delirious?.


At the 32nd Annual GMA Dove Awards in 2001, Payne won the award for Modern Rock Album of the Year for her debut album Jordan's Sister. In 2007, her songwriting was further recognized when she received The ASCAP Foundation Sammy Cahn Award, a prestigious songwriting achievement whose past recipients include John Mayer.


  • 1999 - Jordan's Sister
  • 2004 - Grown
  • 2007 - Paper Skin
  • 2008 - That's Why There's Grace (Worship album)
  • 2008 - December (Holiday album)
  • 2009 - Wounds to Scars

Television and Film[edit]

Payne's music has been used in many films and television shows (see table below), including her song "Supermodels," which was the theme song for The WB Television Network's teen dramedy Popular.

Album Song Movie or TV series
Jordan's Sister (1999) "Closer to Myself" Never Been Kissed (1999)
Someone Like You (2001)
"Wonderland" Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999)
"On My Bones" Mysterious Ways (2000-2002)
"Supermodels" Popular (1999–2001)
"Never Leave" Cupid (1998–99)
"The Second Day" Beautiful (2000)
Grown (2004) "Scratch" Felicity (Senior Year Soundtrack)
Grey's Anatomy (2006)
Kyle XY (2006)
Grey's Anatomy (2007)
"Rollercoaster" Pepper Dennis (2006)
Paper Skin (2007) "I Will Show You Love" Grey's Anatomy (2007)


In addition to her music, Payne has published two books. The first book, Mirror, Mirror: Reflections on Who You Are and Who You'll Become, was co-authored with Kara Powell and published in 2003 by Zondervan. Her second book, Connect: The Lowdown on Friendships and Relationships, was published in 2005 by Regal Books.


  1. ^ Lilith Fair: Artists: Kendall Payne

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