Barbara Payton

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Barbara Payton
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Background Information


Port Huron



Years Active



Rock, Blues, Roots, R&B

Alternative Acts

Barbara Payton & Chris Brantley Acoustic Duo
The Blood Sisters
Barbara Payton & The Instigators


Barbara Payton has rocked stages, festivals, arenas and private listening rooms for more than 25. Barbara Payton is the sultry, Detroit rock singer/songwriter with a soulful, bluesy voice. Recognized as one of Detroit’s most powerful and engaging live performers she has opened for Joe Cocker, Pat Benatar, Lou Gramm, Eddie Money, Jonatha Brooke and Terri Clark and toured as a background singer for both Bob Seger and Kid Rock.
When Barabra is not touring with Bob Seger and Kid Rock she can be seen performing around town with her band Barbara Payton & The Instigators. The Instigators are Ron Pangborn, Nolan Mendenhall, Kris Kurzawa, Bobby Murray, Roscoe, Dale Grisa and Dave Hendrickson

Or The Blood Sisters, an Acoustic trio with Barbara on vocals, Michelle Chenard, vocals & guitars and Mary McGuire, vocals & guitars. Even the Barbara Payton & Chris Brantley Acoustic Duo.



Preformed on

  • 2014 ‘Ride Out’ – Bob Seger
  • 2012 ‘Love Implied’ – Stewart Francke
  • 2012 ‘Stickin’ With You’ – Bobby Murray – Sang lead vocal on the song “Rock My Soul”
  • 2012 ‘Wasted’ – Lukas Nelson
  • 2011 ‘Live At Callahan’s’ – Shaun Murphy – Background vocals along with Laura Creamer
  • 2009 ‘Local Boys’ – Motor City Horns – Lead Vocals on Bob Seger’s song Lucifer
  • 2007 ‘Rock n Roll Jesus’ – Kid Rock
  • 2006 ‘Face The Promise’ – Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
  • 2001 ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang: Best of Stewart Francke’

TV Performances

  • Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band – The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
  • Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band – Late Night with David Letterman
  • Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band – The View
  • Kid Rock – Jimmy Kimmel Live
  • Kid Rock – The Tonight show with Jay Leno
  • Kid Rock – Ellen
  • Kid Rock – MTV Tia Tequila’s Rockin’ New Years Eve
  • Kid Rock – VH1/Spike TV Video Game Awards
  • Kid Rock – Larry the Cable Guy Christmas Special
  • Kid Rock – CMT


2013 Detroit Music Awards

  • Outstanding Blues/R&B Vocalist – Barbara Payton
  • Outstanding Blues Artist/Group – Barbara Payton & The Instigators
  • Outstanding Rock/Pop Vocalist – Barbara Payton

2016 Outstanding Rock/Pop Vocalist at the Detroit Music Awards

2014 Women in the Arts Award from Outstanding Women Awards, an award dedicated to a woman artist or musician who has shared her talents with the community and followed her talents and passion for the arts.

LGBT Community of Michigan “Cultural Award” 2001- For outstanding contribution of time, talent, and pride. In support of the services and welfare of our community and people.



Barbara Payton Says Enjoy The View Riviting Riffs Magazine

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