Houston Teen Payton Rae Scores 2.5 Million YouTube Views

"My haters are my motivators"

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As young female stars like Miley Cyrus exit their teen years and welcome young adulthood with open limbs, their boots are left behind for other starry-eyed aspiring musicians to fill. One of them might even be from Space City: A 15-year-old YouTube sensation named Payton Rae.

When Rocks Off pulled up at Rae's home in League City Tuesday, the first thing we noticed was the pink and black customized Ford Mustang complete with her name on the side panels. That color combination the country singer's signature look, from her music videos to her room decor. She was even dressed in it when she answered the door.

The tan, blonde teen welcomed us into her home, excitedly proclaiming that her EP, Dare To Live, had reached No. 15 on the iTunes country album chart since its release earlier that morning. As we write this, it is 6:40 p.m. and the EP has already jumped to No. 4.

Rae, like her friend-of-a-friend Justin Bieber, got her start in the country music business through the videos she posted of herself onto her YouTube account.

"I started in 2006 not really expecting to get a fanbase," she recalls. "I put up a video of me singing at my aunt's funeral just for my family and friends to see, and I started getting responses from it."

After receiving so much positive feedback from an intrigued audience, Rae continued filming covers of some of her favorite contemporary country songs from artists like Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood and Lady Antebellum.

She also began learning how to play the guitar, a skill she believes she gets better at every day.


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What the hell?  Did someone who is a fan of this person share this article on Facebook or Twitter and it spread like internet herpes?  This is a tween sensation...meaning 60-90% of the people posting in her favor are under the age for social networking sites.

Parenting folks, it goes a long way.

Bonnie Amor
Bonnie Amor

Great Job Payton!!! Be Yourself and Follow Your Dreams...Onwards and Upwards!!!! 

Rebecca Sweeney
Rebecca Sweeney

 I am sooo Proud of Payton Rae, she is amazing! Her songs are so inspiring, Teenagers can really relate to them. I am proud to see her grow from where she started that little 4 year old girl singing the national anthem at that arena. I really cannot believe how far she has come!

And always remember, Haters are your Motivators girl!Dare To Live, Love you Pay!xoxoxoxo

Avalon
Avalon

Payton rae is amazing and such a talented singer!!!! <3 anyone hating on her is just wrong! She has worked harder than anyone else and deserves this! Her EP is amazing with such great songs and honeslty its one of the most amazing country albums ive heard in a long time! Woo hoo to payton!! Haha and on the first day of her release she got #4 in the top country albums on itunes!!! It just shows all the support she has from her fans! Much luv! Keep up the great work as always <3~Avalon <3

Theresa  Bauer
Theresa Bauer

 I love Payton Rae! :)I am so glad to be apart of her DTL team and journey. I know she will make it to the top!Love you PR <3 :)XOXO DTL -Theresa <3

Yenah Joe
Yenah Joe

GO PAYTON!! WOOO I LOVE HERRR! (:i'll never stop supporting her. she's so amazing!

--DTL leader for NC.

Mep-347
Mep-347

Payton is amazing! She is an amazing singer and can sing her heart out! Boy to blame and not your cinderella is amazing!!! She works so hard and keeps rolling bringing the good stuff out!:)

Payton Burrows Fan!
Payton Burrows Fan!

Payton deserves every view. She is an amazing singer & a great role model!She's gonna go far in her music career. <3Love her to deathh! <33  

Ali
Ali

I love Payton! She is so talented and her EP is incredible. She has an amazing voice and I'd recommend everyone to buy her EP 'Dare To Live', it's a great album and I'm sure a lot of people can relate to the songs on it. Lets make history and get it to #1 on the country charts! I'm so proud of you Payton and I'm so happy to be your DTL leader for Ireland :) #daretolive

dtl leaders belgium
dtl leaders belgium

oh i love payton rae ! she is amazing and god has big plans for her !love you payton <3 

Wendziie
Wendziie

Aww I love you Payton!You are very talented,keep up the amazing work!!!She is a big inspiration and she shows: "Don't give up your dreams."We are so proud of you! :') I wish you good luck in your career! God Bless: Veronika from Hungary <3

Bayleigh Macenna
Bayleigh Macenna

Payton Rae is amazing;) All her fans support her 110% and I think this song iss perfect and uh-maz-ing!:) ALL MY FRIENDS LOVE IT. And she is going to be big <3 

AlyssaVT
AlyssaVT

 Payton, your amazing. and your going to go so much farther! dont listen to the haters. they dont even know you. your amazing, and nice. You do so much for your fans. If the haters actulley knew you, i know they wouldnt say mean crap. Your young, pretty & talented, they are just jealous! your an inspiration to people everywhere! keep going strong! love you!

Lauren Toye
Lauren Toye

Payton is amazing, her songs are so relatable for teenage girls :) everytime I hear Payton sing it puts a smile on face ! I love being a DTL leader here in Ireland :) so many people here already Payton :) As for people sayin that her parents done it for her then your wrong.. Payton got er huge fanbase herself.! She uploaded the videos of her singing :) Payton is gonna make it in this world ! Her haters WILL NOT bring her down :) I love Paytons EP and by it gettin to the top 5 in many countries proves how popular and great at singing she is :)

We love you Payton :)

Noah
Noah

Payton, you're an AMAZING girl with an AMAZING voice! I love love love your EP! my favorite is 'boy to blame' love you girl so much and don't forget that you have the best fans in the world!!! We all love you very much!!! -Noah<3

Megan foyeeee:)
Megan foyeeee:)

Payton! YOu are amazing! So proud of you! You have the most amazing voice! Congrats on everything! Miss you and hope to see you ssoon<3

Allie Martinez
Allie Martinez

I love Payton's new EP ... I am in LOVE with Not Your Cinderella and Sidelines but there all good .. Ive been listening to all the songs non stop on my ipod... and Be excited that you have haterz that means your doing something right!!!! 

leenv
leenv

im so proud of payton and how far she has gotten in her career and on i tunes she even reaches #2 that's AMAZING ! i loved the E.P it was amazing you can relate to all of her songs i couldn't be more proud of her GO PAYTON !

Ebony Jarry
Ebony Jarry

Payton you are amazing! Been following your journey for a while now. big things are coming your way! 

EMILY MENA
EMILY MENA

 I'm soo proud of Payton Rae! Her voice is so unique and refreshing! I can tell she's gonna make it big!! She is such an inspiration to me and all my friends and family. That's what's great about her. She is someone that ALL generations can look and listen to! All her songs on the EP speak to my heart and are like my life in songs! Thanks soooo much PR1 Keep up the good work and Dare To Live! :)Emily!

Kindra_Phoummany
Kindra_Phoummany

 We are ALL so proud of Payton! Her music is amazing and she is so talented! I wish her the best of luck in the future.....and i know she will go far with her career! Love Love Love <3

Hulsekate
Hulsekate

I LOVE PAYTON RAE!! Her vioce her smile her face her everything she has everything to become famouse and shes super sweet girl and i love her EP its amazing i LOVE all her songs and i love every song she sings!! she makes it amazing love ya payton rae!! :) 

Jbieberismyworld
Jbieberismyworld

Payton Rae is an amazingly talented and gifted singer. I loved your EP it was amazing! :D my favorite would have to be Boy to Blame, because it's so true, and so is Payton don't hate on her, she's amazing for being herself, and she's just like all of us. She writes from her heart, she feels what we feel, and she knows what we know. What she writes is real she's experienced it. And, she is amazing! She has a solid main fanbase and supporters who will be here until the end.. We love you Payton! xoxo

Minnesota DTL Crew(:

Tori
Tori

I love Payton Rae! Her EP is awesome! I've been listening to it ever since Tuesday morning! I think she's a great singer and I hope she makes it big! I know she can do it! She's awesome!

Rachel13elizabeth
Rachel13elizabeth

I love Payton! I think she's doing GREAT work!! And I most defiantly support her 110%!! :) and buy her EP on iTunes!!!

Simone ;)
Simone ;)

Payton is AMAZING, her voice is so unique I love it! I know she will be HUGE very soon.  All her songs on the album are AWESOME. Love love love her

Sabrina Ly
Sabrina Ly

 Payton Rae has inspired me so much, being the same age she has made me want to follow through with my dreams just like she did. She has a phenomenal voice for someone at such a young age and I absolutely love her EP, I can't wait to see what comes next for her. I'm sure she's got something GREAT coming for us! Love you Payton xox! <3

kristenglee
kristenglee

payton your a great singer you deserve to be where you are now! i wish you the best of luck! 

Evan Holmquist
Evan Holmquist

Payton is such a great artist!! her voice is absolutely amazing and her ep rocks! if you haven't listened to her yet, go do it, you wont regret it!

DTL,Evan 

RamonLP4
RamonLP4

"I'm Evan [Holmquist]. I'm the official Indiana DTL Street Team leader for @PaytonRaeMusic!" 

OH man, that is really sad.  PR people chiming in.

Schendelle Bohulano
Schendelle Bohulano

Payton you're an inspiration! keep up alll the hard work girl! we'll always be there for youu! i cannot stop listening to your EP album! its amazing! sucha talented young girl! Lets make Country History:) 

Brandy Gordy
Brandy Gordy

Payton is such and AMAZING singer and her album turned out amazing! And has rose to the top of the iTunes country charts so fast!! I am soo proud of her and I absolutely love her songs! My favorite is boy to blame!

Brianna;
Brianna;

 I love Payton! She is gorgeous and such an inspiration! Your music is AWESOME!!.

Julieee ♡ HOLLAA
Julieee ♡ HOLLAA

 Payton Rae i loved your EP, it's amazing, you are so talented and I can already tell you are going to make it big! Keep it up, youre doing a great job :)

rocksoffsr
rocksoffsr

Big, wide world out there. Can't all be Rusted Shut, Ramon. Although a collaboration would be pretty awesome.

RamonLP4
RamonLP4

Yeah, you are right - there is a big wide world out there and as you point out there are a lot of people who have viewed these videos but by the same token a large number of people seeing something still doesn't make "We built this City on Rock and Roll", Transformers II, or Thomas Kinkade any better.   Here is a simple test.  If she weren;t from the greater Houston area would you even give this two seconds? You know you wouldn't. The problem with this kind of thing is it's kids chasing fame, not a craft.  I mean great - someone wants to be the next Hanna Montana - a fine goal for any serious musician I'm sure - and they have parents with the money to indulge their dream.  But let's be serious here...she goes to Nashville and hires song hacks, some working musicians, and gets a PR person and management company...what do we really have here?  It's glorified Karaoke.  Hell, I bet you know a lot of people who are given a song to sing who can sing just as well if not better but that doesn't make them an artist.   Honestly I don't have any issue with a 15 year old doing this - hell they are a 15 year old kid after all - but what's kind of gross is adults behind the scenes and others making it more than it is.  That's kind of icky and weird. That said a Rusted Shut collaboration would be much more amusing than this.   

Hemmorhoidcules
Hemmorhoidcules

 What was wrong with Transformers II? LOVED IT!!! That's the only Michael Bay movie I can actually rub one off to.

RamonLP4
RamonLP4

"Hi I'm an generic singer and this song is forgettable and formulaic but hey, look my folks bought me this a pink car, and this video, and the studio time, and…"  GAAAAK, I think Iost my lunch on that video!!!  Look if her parents are gonna Hanna Montana this girl, fine but can they at least try to leave not drag our good state’s name down by association in the process.  OK, thanks. 

Payton Burrows Fan!
Payton Burrows Fan!

You seem to judge people to fast & quick.Payton did this all on her own, with some help. But this is her dream. She's not trying to be the next 'Hannah Montana' She's trying to be the next 'Payton Rae' (herself.) She inspires people in many ways, &  i bet your just jealous.

RamonLP4
RamonLP4

Hi fan,Man, really Payton did this all on her own?  That is really inspiring.  I wasn't aware that 15 year old girls can go out and buy their own cars, sign business contracts, and be in complete control of their career decisions.  Thank you for clarifying.  

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