A. Payne (ne Tanya Chamberlain) was born November 1989 in Stockton, Ca. The youngest child of 5, she was surrounded by the transitioning sounds of 90's R&B and Hip Hop as well as the classic styles of Motown, Earth, Wind & Fire, and The Ojays (just to name a few).
A's humble beginnings started with singing in the church and school choir, family gatherings, and local talent shows. Music was a major part of her childhood but it wasn't until the age of 12 she recognized her gift for storytelling and poetry. This would later establish her as a songwriter.