Kendall Payne

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Kendall Payne
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Background information
Birth name Kendall Payne Tschudi[1]
Born (1980-04-10) April 10, 1980 (age 37)[2]
Santa Monica, California, United States
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist
Instruments Singing, multiple instruments
Years active 1999–present

Kendall Payne Tschudi (born April 10, 1980), better known as Kendall Payne, is an award-winning singer-songwriter recording artist and currently serves as the Senior Director of Contemporary Worship at Bel Air Church (also known as Bel Air Presbyterian Church). She was born in Santa Monica, California and raised in nearby Malibu. When she was a teenager, Payne signed a recording contract with Capitol Records, which released her first album, Jordan's Sister, in 1999. Her second album, Grown, was executive produced by her friend Zachary Levi and released independently in 2004. Over the next five years, Payne released four 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)
"Supermodels" Popular (1999–2001)
"Wonderland" Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999)
"The Second Day" Beautiful (2000)
"On My Bones" Mysterious Ways (2000-2002)
"Never Leave" Cupid (1998–99)
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.


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