John Payonk Goes International
| I've known the talented John Payonk for many years. One of the standing jokes was that he should consider singing tenor....ten or twenty miles away. Interestingly enough today John's tremendous voice is being heard 10,000 miles away with a song he recorded called "The Journey."
"The song has played in England, here in Knox, Indiana, in Virginia and on Radio Live in New Zealand where I was interviewed by Ewing Stevens," John explained.
|from Kent, England saw his entry online and fell in love with his voice.
She had recently composed a Christmas song entitled "The Journey" and had been trying to get Susan Boyle to record it but to no avail.
She sent John a copy of it and asked if he'd be interested in recording it.
acting and singing in lead roles since his high school
days at Clark and has often given credit to his music
teacher, Mr. Darrell Church there for his great support
John has been seen here in many lead roles at Community Showcase and the Marian Theatre Guild and once was choir director for St. Peter & Paul parish. He's sung in operas in Chicago and for the last 15 years has made his living performing around the country as an equity actor/singer.
"I did this as a lark. You see things like 'American Idol' and there are so few opportunities for older folks," he said. "Like everyone, I was enchanted by the whole Susan Boyle story. This was someone who didn't quite fit the Hollywood mould but who had a great talent and got to show it and be appreciated. That's so very rare."
Meryl Ledbrooke even sent a copy of both songs to the Queen of England. In return, Queen Elizabeth sent her a nice letter, thanking her.
Meryl sent me a copy. That was truly neat!" he said. Meryl, who has been composing music "seriously" since 1998 said that she hopes that she and John can continue to work together.
"I have a song on the horizon that I am sure would suit his voice," she said. "I'd love for him to have the opportunity to sing live on American television."
And so do we, his Whiting Robertsdale fans!
You can go to John's website www.johnpayonk.com for more information or go to YouTube to hear him sing by just typing in the name, John Payonk.
By Gayle Faulkner Kosalko