Capping a blazingly creative and prolific summer being mentored by and collaborating with some of PCG Universal’s top songwriting mentors in Nashville, emerging indie pop artist Paige Keiner is gearing up to drop a fresh batch of tracks and videos this fall, starting with “Rather Be Lonely,” an edgy, infectious tune about standing strong an independent in the wake of a painful break-up. Co-written by the multi-talented singer/songwriter and Britton Cameron (Jon Pardi, Don Williams, Steel Magnolia), the song was produced by Tom Michael and Brett Vargason of Zodlounge, a boutique production/music services company located in Nashville by way of Detroit.
Working and writing with Nashville based songwriting greats like four time Grammy nominee and multiple Dove Award winner Margaret Becker, Paul Jefferson (Aaron Tippin, Keith Urban), Jonathan Crone, Paul Michael and Doug Kahan (Trick Pony, Clay Walker, Jon Pardi), Paige has honed in on a new sound reflecting a deeper personal artistry, blending organic instruments like guitar and piano with electronic elements to create a dynamic alt-pop hybrid vibe.
“I have pretty eclectic tastes in music and will listen to and absorb influences from a wide array of artists and styles,” says the 21-year-old Orlando native, who has been performing with her own bands since she was 15 and is currently a senior studying English and Music History at the University of Virginia
“That translates to wanting to transcend doing anything that’s run of the mill. I wanted to make a pop project that people can relate to but also include some out of the box elements to make the sound more compelling. I started with instruments that I have recorded with extensively in the past, like acoustic guitar, live drums and piano. I like how we’ve integrated those into the tracks. You’ll be listening to a song that’s mainly electronic, but then it goes into an acoustic guitar breakdown to create something totally unique you don’t expect. The sound on these new recordings is the culmination of the past six years, during which time I have explored many different sonic texture and styles in an effort to figure out who I truly want to be as an artist.”
That fascinating search for her true musical identity resulted in Paige, while still in high school, releasing her debut album Throne, which earned notable attention and landed her a consideration for a 2015 Grammy. She won silver medals for new artist and female vocalist in 2015 at the Global Music Awards (GMA), an international award competition. Throughout 2016, she explored everything from piano, acoustic guitar and electronica based music with six single track releases, including “Pixels,” “Saturday,” “September” and “Except for You,” which was a 2016 finalist at the John Lennon Songwriting competition.
Beyond her multi-faceted pop recordings, Paige is a true musical Renaissance woman. At UVA, she fronts and plays rhythm guitar in a punk band (with three male musicians), performing high-energy covers of classics by artists like Blink-182, Green Day and Good Charlotte for fraternities, philanthropic functions and other university related events. She is also the music director for an on-campus a capella group, which she joined her first week on campus. During her first two years at UVA, she was also a member of the classical choir. These outlets have not only provided exciting performance platforms, but also help with her pop recording endeavors. Singing everything from classical and a capella to punk deepens and enhances her understanding of vocal harmonies and what her voice is capable of, both melodically and rhythmically.
Not surprisingly in light of her varied musical interests, Paige grew up influenced by everything from pop-punk bands like Mayday Parade, Paramore and Cute Is What We Aim For to the vinyl albums her dad played for her by legends like Neil Young, Crosby, Stills & Nash and the Eagles. Performing the National Anthem at her first grade talent show, Paige was told by the teachers auditioning her that she had amazing pitch. Later, even though she was proficient at classical piano, her true passion became singing contemporary music. Learning to accompany herself on acoustic guitar, she began writing songs and performing solo acoustic gigs on weekends during high school. Her guitar teacher was also an indie record producer and encouraged her to take her talent to the next level and record and release Throne.
“The best part of working with PCG Universal and their amazing team of mentors this past summer was feeling that I am coming into my own as a songwriter and artist,” Paige says. “I have so much more confidence now. Learning so many important facets of songwriting from incredible writers and artists who truly believe in me and my talent has been an invaluable experience. After I graduate from UVA, I plan to move to Nashville full time to pursue my career and build on the amazing connections I have made. As with everything I do, I intend on working really hard to achieve my goals in the industry and make an impact on as many people as possible with my music. For me, everything I do is about living life to the fullest.”
Honors & Awards
• John Lennon Songwriting Competition, 2016 finalist for “Except For You”
• GRAMMY(r) Candidate 2015
Considered for a GRAMMY(r) nomination for best female artist and for album of the year for the original EP Throne.
• GLOBAL MUSIC AWARDS (GMA) Silver medals for new artist and female vocalist, 2015
Winner of international award competition GMA silver medals for original EP Throne.
• Semi-Finalist 2015 United Kingdom Songwriting competition, Pop Music category.
• Featured Artist, Luna Guitars
• Spotlight Music Performer and Artist/Ambassador, Samson
Performer /Artist/Ambassador for major music equipment company, January 2016
• Highlighted Artist, Ernie Ball Music Company Promotional Campaign, 2016
Promotion campaign for Ernie Ball Slinky guitar strings: “Paige Keiner, Slinky Since 2011!”