Salt Lake City, Utah
Timpanogos Storytelling Alumni
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Audiences at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival have loved Sam Payne's musical performances and storytelling for years. A veteran of festivals and concert halls from coast to coast, he has shared the stage with rock legends Toto and Foreigner, pop stars Air Supply and Marie Osmond, and storytellers Donald Davis, Bill Harley, John McCutcheon, and Ed Stivender. Payne delights audiences young and old with warm, observant stories punctuated by songs delivered in a voice that, according to Roland Lee of The Spectrum, “will make you want to close your eyes and drift away.” Sam has performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in the nation’s capitol, the Will Rogers Auditorium in Dallas, Texas) and internationally in Japan, Bulgaria, and across Canada. "The Gift of the Tongue. You've got it, my friend. In spades. Astonishing," says Galway storyteller Clare Murphy of Sam’s work. Others agree, from audiences of his public stage shows, to corporate clients. Said Bill Fillmore, one such client, “It does people good to hear these stories. I grew up listening to the Kingston Trio. I loved them, but their stories didn’t have the heart that Sam’s have.” An evening with Sam Payne is sure to leave you agreeing with The Independent Magazine, which trumpeted, “Payne delivers his riveting folktales with passion, emotionally stirring hooks, and an almost supernatural ability to tell a story." Sam holds a bachelor's degree in English from Weber State University, and a Master's degree in Education from Southern Utah University. He has authored educational publications for children, with a readership of some 200,000 elementary school students, and his work has been adopted as core curriculum by state Boards of Education in Florida and Arkansas. He is currently the School Director of Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts in American Fork, Utah. In addition to performing live and on recordings, Sam also hosts "The Apple Seed: Tellers and Stories," a daily national radio show on the art of storytelling for BYU radio.
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