FANDOM


Liam Payne (born August 29, 1993) is an English singer-songwriter. He is a vocalist of the English-Irish pop boy band One Direction along with Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan, which is currently on hiatus.

Band Members

Backing Band

  • Duayne Sanford - drums
  • Thomas Totten - guitar
  • Abel Addington - bass
  • Jay Keezy - keys

Discography

Studio Albums

Singles as Lead Artist

Singles as Featured Artist

  • Bridge Over Troubled Water (among Artists for Grenfall) (2017)

Remixes

  • You & I (Big Payno Remix) (2014)
  • Steal My Girl (Big Payno & Afterhrs Pool Party Remix) (2014)
  • I Don't Care (Payno vs Afterhrs Remix) (2014)
  • Drag Me Down (Payno vs Afterhrs Remix) (featuring Lunchmoney Lewis) (2015)

Demos

  • You (Juicy J & Wiz Khalifa ft. Liam Payne) (2016)

Early Life

Liam James Payne was born on August 29, 1993 to Geoff Payne and Karen Payne in Wolverhampton, U.K. His father was a fitter and mother a nursery nurse. He is the younger brother to Nicola and Ruth Payne. Payne had to regular visits and tests done in the hospital until he was age four as doctors recognized that one of his kidneys was scarred and dysfunctional. To manage the pain, he received thirty-two injections every morning and night as a child.

Payne was heavily involved in sports and joined the Wolverhampton and Bilston Athletics Club as a student to pursue a running career. After failing to make it to the English National Team for the 2012 Olympic Games, he was placed on the reserves list. Due to bulling in secondary school, Payne took up boxing lessons when he was twelve. He studied music technology at Wolverhampton College's Paget Road campus after completing eleven GCSEs at St Peter's Collegiate School.

Career

One Direction

Payne originally auditioned on The X Factor in 2008 when he was only fourteen years old and performed Frank Sinatra's Fly Me To The Moon. He was cut during the judges' houses, but was encouraged by Simon Cowell to come back to years later. Payne did audition again in 2010 with Michael Bublé's version of Cry Me a River. He failed to move on to the Boys category at judges' house along with four others. Nicole Scherzinger then suggested to put them together to form a five-piece boy band and qualify for the Groups category. The group got together and were given two weeks to get to know one another and practice. The group became One Direction and they performed an acoustic version of "Torn". The band came in third place on the show.

In his time with One Direction, Payne was credited for co-writing over half of the songs on the band's third and fourth album, as well as other songs on previous albums and Made in the A.M.. He began working as a producer under the names "Big Payno" or "Payno" and remixed You & I and Steal My Girl in 2014 and Drag Me Down in 2015 as well as Cheryl's I Don't Care.

On New Years 2018, Payne dedicated an Instagram post and tweet to his band mates, including Zayn Malik. The picture was of Payne accepting a Brit Award that One Direction won in 2017 with the caption "Last and final memory of this year is going up and accepting the Brit award on behalf of my band knowing we've still got it! Happy new year everybody!".

Solo Career

Since the group's hiatus and former bandmate Zayn Malik's depature in 2015, Payne released his debut single, Strip That Down on May 19, 2017. It features American rapper Quavo, from the hip hop group, Migos. The song charted in the top five on charts in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland and reached number ten on the US Billboard Hot 100. It became Payne's first top ten hit as a solo artist, making him the third member of One Direction to have a top ten hit, following Zayn Malik and Harry Styles. He became the first solo artist from an all-male vocal group to have a single reach number one on the Billboard Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart on the November 4, 2017 issue.

Payne succeeded his debut hit with a collaboration with Russian-German DJ, Zedd on July 6, 2017. Although charting lower than Payne's debut, Get Low, received positive reviews by critics from Billboard, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly and other magazines and writers. Zedd stated that "without Liam, I might've never finished this song. He really pulled it towards a direction that I would not have, and I love where it is."

The second single to Payne's upcoming debut album, Bedroom Floor, was released on October 20, 2017. It is his first song that doesn't feature any other artists. Payne's vocals on the track were compared by some of his fans and critics to Malik's, "boasting some nice falsetto muscle" and regarded the song as "a significant improvement over his debut Strip That Down". Payne's girlfriend and singer, Cheryl commented that the song was her favorite of his.

A collaboration with American singer Rita Ora, titled For You is expected to be released in January 2018 as part of the Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack. Payne teased the track on his Instagram on December 22, 2017.

Personal Life

Relationships

Danielle Peazer

Liam and Danielle

Liam and Danielle in 2013.

Danielle Peazer (born June 10, 1988) is the ex-girlfriend of Liam Payne. They met on The X Factor in 2010 when Liam was competing and Danielle was a background dancer. They began dating in April 2011 when Danielle confirmed it on Twitter, then split in September 2012. They reunited in December 2012, but officially broke up in April 2013. The pair remain good friends as of 2016, with Peazer ommenting that they still support each other and commenting happily on Payne's relationship with now-girlfriend Cheryl.

Sophia Smith

Sophia Smith (born February 9, 1994) is the ex-girlfriend of Liam Payne. The pair met originally at their secondary school, St. Peter's Colligate School. They reconnected again in 2013 at a friend's birthday party and in August Liam flew out Sophia to join him on part of the Take Me Home Tour.

Liam and Sophia

Payne and Smith at Monaco Grand Prix in 2015.

Payne announced the relationship in the This Is Us press conference and the couple made their first appearance together at the premiere of One Direction's concert film, This Is Us. Having co-written several songs for One Direction, Payne confirmed Illusion from their fourth album, Four was about his relationship with Smith. In October 2015, it was reported that the couple had broken up because of so much time apart due to touring.

Cheryl

Liam and Cheryl

Payne and Cheryl at Cannes red carpet in 2016.

Cheryl (born June 30, 1983) is the current girlfriend of Liam Payne. The English singer and dancer first met with Payne back in 2008 when Payne auditioned on The X Factor for the first time. They met again in 2010 after Payne's second audition. In 2014, the then One Direction member wrote a song called I Won't Break for Cheryl's album, Only Human.

Fans speculated the pair to be dating after Payne posted a picture of a rose on his Instagram on Valentines Day in 2016 with the caption "Happy Valentine's Day baby ...". Ten days later, flirty messages were exchanged between them before they attended the 2016 Brit Awards separately. Only a day after, Payne deleted pictures of his ex-girlfriend, Sophia Smith from his Instagram. The couple were confirmed to be dating on February 27. The relationship was confirmed by Payne changing his Instagram display picture to a selfie of him and Cheryl and changing his bio to "Happy". In late 2016 it was speculated that Cheryl was pregnant, which was confirmed in February the following year as Cheryl appeared in a beauty campaign that showed off her bump. On March 22, 2017, Payne and Cheryl welcomed their baby boy, Bear Grey Payne.

Credits

Year Title Artist Album Notes
2011 Taken One Direction Up All Night Co-writer
2011 Everything About You One Direction Up All Night Co-writer
2011 Same Mistakes One Direction Up All Night Co-writer
2012 Back for You One Direction Take Me Home Co-writer
2012 Last First Kiss One Direction Take Me Home Co-writer
2012 Summer Love One Direction Take Me Home Co-writer
2012 Still the One One Direction Take Me Home Co-writer
2012 Irresistible One Direction Take Me Home Co-writer
2013 Story of My Life One Direction Midnight Memories Co-writer
2013 Diana One Direction Midnight Memories Co-writer
2013 Midnight Memories One Direction Midnight Memories Co-writer
2013 Right Now One Direction Midnight Memories Co-writer
2013 Little Black Dress One Direction Midnight Memories Co-writer
2013 Through the Dark One Direction Midnight Memories Co-writer
2013 Little White Lies One Direction Midnight Memories Co-writer
2013 Better Than Words One Direction Midnight Memories Co-writer
2013 Does He Know? One Direction Midnight Memories Co-writer
2014 Steal My Girl One Direction Four Co-writer
2014 Fireproof One Direction Four Co-writer
2014 [Ready to Run One Direction Four Co-writer
2014 Fool's Gold One Direction Four Co-writer
2014 Spaces One Direction Four Co-writer
2014 Clouds One Direction Four Co-writer
2014 Change Your Ticket One Direction Four Co-writer
2014 Illusion One Direction Four Co-writer
2014 I Won't Break Cheryl Only Human Co-writer
2015 Home One Direction Perfect EP Co-writer
2015 End Of The Day One Direction Made in the A.M. Co-writer
2015 A.M. One Direction Made in the A.M. Co-writer
2015 Long Way Down One Direction Made in the A.M. Co-writer
2015 What A Feeling One Direction Made in the A.M. Co-writer
2015 History One Direction Made in the A.M. Co-writer
2015 Wolves One Direction Made in the A.M. Co-writer
2015 Hey Angel One Direction Made in the A.M. String arrangement
2015 Love You Goodbye One Direction Made in the A.M. Produced & all instruments by
2015 The Night We Met HomeTown HomeTown Co-writer
2017 Strip That Down Liam Payne Liam Payne's upcoming album Co-writer