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Michael Paynter
Born January 29, 1986 (1986-01-29) (age 23)
Genres Rock
Occupations Singer
Years active 2007–present
Labels Sony SBME

Michael Paynter (born January 29, 1986 in Melbourne, Australia) is a singer-songwriter and musician. He will release his debut album in early 2009, entitled This Welcome Diversion. He has released two singles from the album, "Closer" and "A Victim Song". To promote his album, Paynter supported Vanessa Amorosi on her national tour throughout July 2008,[1] and served as the main support act for Shannon Noll on his National tour at the end of 2008.[2]


Early life

Paynter began playing instruments from a young age, playing the piano at the age of seven, and learning guitar and drums by the time he was 15.[3] At the age of 16, he began playing in touring bands across Australia. Regarding music, Paynter says that it "was always something I was going to do, because it fires up my soul like nothing else". He studied law for a year, but returned to music.[4] Although Paynter liked law school and intends to return, he says the choice was either "tour the country and play guitar or study books", and the decision "was a no-brainer". Paynter says that playing drums makes him a better guitarist, playing guitar makes him a better keyboardist, and playing all three makes him a better singer.[5]


"They have big hooks. They are inspiring and powerful yet moving. If there's a thread through my songs, it's my positive spin on life. It's a wonderful experience and you need to have fun even while you're facing up to its challenges to get the best out of it. But if I can get people to pause after each track to think about what I'm singing, then I've done my job."
— Paynter regarding the songs on his album, This Welcome Diversion.[3]

Critics have praised Michael Paynter's voice, often comparing him to John Farnham. Paynter says the title of his album, This Welcome Diversion, was inspired by an advertisement in an in-flight magazine; his music career is a diversion from his original path, law.[5] Paynter wrote or co-wrote all of the tracks on This Welcome Diversion.[3] To record the album, Paynter traveled to Los Angeles, where he worked with producer Matt Wallace and mixer Brian Paturalski.[6] This Welcome Diversion features performances by Josh Freese, Dorian Crozer, David Ryan Harris and John Fields.[3]

The first single, "Closer", was described as "a soaring, hook-filled track about striving for better". Paynter wrote "Closer" in collaboration with Gary Clark, and said that he fell in love with the song instantly. He said that "it works because the chords and rhythms are so simple. It's how people are, in their heads, never where they want to be whether it's a relationship or in a career. They're always wanting to be closer to the ideal." For the album, Paynter underwent a global four month writing session, during which he also worked with Wally Gagel, Phil Buckle and Julian Hamilton of The Presets.[3] The album's second single, "A Victim Song", was released on 15 November 2008 in Australia.[6]

Paynter sang the popular Australian song, 'Touch' by Noiseworks for the closing of the memorial service for the Black Saturday bushfires.




Year Album Australia
2009 This Welcome Diversion TBR


Year Single Australia
2008 Closer 61 This Welcome Diversion
A Victim Song 188

B Sides

Year B Side Single
2008 Get Low Closer
Shine On Me
Money On Your Tongue
Also iTunes bonus for Closer
A Victim Song
Roxanne (Live)



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