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Hopeful yet totally heartbreaking!
Rising indie-pop singer-songwriter Payson Lewis has released “Back In Time” feat. Leah Lewis…
a song 10 years in the making about a painful heartbreak, but with a hopeful undertone. Masterfully written and cathartically performed, “Back In Time” is a vibrantly heartbreak-inducing single that blends Leah and Payson’s elegant vocals and heavily layered guitar and drums, which build flawlessly into an emotional wall of sound that surrounds both the song and the listener.
Capturing the atmosphere of a sold-out arena, the high-octane single is atmospheric, emotive, and captivating. Giving the audience the perspective of running away from the pain of losing someone you love, while simultaneously balancing the desire to change the past…
as the lyrics suggest, “praying for my rebirth, a new life without you,” while, wanting to forget the pain of two people who cherish the time spent together, as “a way to preserve that moment in time even though the goal is to completely erase it,” as suggested by Leah’s booming vocals. Although he was unready to release the track, due to the vulnerability of the pain the song carried, Lewis first wrote “Back In Time” in 2012.
Comforted by finding a partner to sing the song with, Leah, his girlfriend at the time, helped to capture the vision that getting hurt in a relationship is a two-way street and eased the tensions that Lewis felt at the time towards putting the song out into the world.
Leah delivered “the sense of love between the two voices,” Lewis says. “Back In Time” represents both love and pain in one song, as Leah and Payson decided to amicably split up shortly after completing the song. The track was written by Payson Lewis, produced and mixed by Ben Soldate with additional production by Melomatic, and mastered by Eric Boulanger (OneRepublic, Rachel Platten, Selena Gomez). The song features Rob Humphreys on drums, Adam Tressler on guitar, Ben Soldate on bass, and background vocals by Kenton Chen and Rachel Bearer.
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Based in Los Angeles, Payson Lewis grew up in Philadelphia…
where he taught himself to play the piano and participated in school choirs and musicals. Shortly after moving to LA, Lewis found success on NBC’s The Sing-Off where he finished in the Top 4. His musical career has spanned across the globe, performing in Taiwan and Korea, starring in theatrical productions in Chicago and Las Vegas, singing in multiple major motion picture soundtracks, as well as acting in television shows such as; Jane the Virgin, How I Met Your Mother and The People vs. OJ Simpson.
A jack of all trades, singer, actress, and model Leah Lewis is known for her roles in The Half of It on Netflix, Nancy Drew on the CW, and the upcoming PIXAR movie Elemental. Heavily influenced by DAWES, The 1975, Lizzy McAlpine, and more, Payson Lewis has continued to grow and cultivate his skills as a musician and has generated significant buzz with features in almost 100 music publications and over 1.6 million streams on Spotify.
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