Liam James Payne is an English singer and songwriter. Payne was born in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England. He is the son of Karen, a nursery nurse, and Geoff Payne, a fitter. He rose to fame as a member of the band One Direction, before going solo in July 2016. On July 22, 2016, Payne revealed on Twitter that he had signed a recording deal with Capitol Records and is set to release a solo album in late 2016/early 2017.
Payne first auditioned for the fifth series of the British Singing Competition The X Factor in 2008, at just 14 years old. Payne moved past the first round after performing Frank Sinatra’s Fly Me To The Moon. In early 2016, Payne featured on a track titled You by Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J. Payne denied that the track was a single, but it was confirmed to be a leak from an untitled mixtape, yet to be released.