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Published on February 23, 2021

Payton Smith Virtual Concert is February 27

Payton Smith

Enjoy a Free Performance by Big Machine Records Breakthrough Artist Benefiting Children's Hospital

Watch a live performance from singer songwriter Payton Smith on the app Riff on February 27 from 7:45 until 8:45 P.M. EST and help VOLthon raise money for East Tennessee Children's Hospital. To watch his performance, visit this link. During his free performance, the 21-year-old guitar wunderkind will be matching up to $1,000 in donations. Big Machine Records, Smith’s record label, has also agreed to donate $1,000 to the worthy cause. To give, simply text 'Payton' to 51555 to receive a link to donate. All donations made to VOLthon will stay in our community, benefiting patients receiving care at East Tennessee Children's Hospital.

"Raising money for Children's Hospital means more to me than most people realize," expresses Payton. "Children's Hospital of New Orleans saved my younger brother Zachary’s life. His illness led to quadruple amputations and that meant many trips to the Children's Hospital as a kid. The impact that had helped me understand how much this place saves lives and changes lives. Any opportunity to give, support and highlight what this place means to children and families, I’m all in."

VOLthon is a student run organization at the University of Tennessee which raises money for our local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. Last year, VOLthon raised more than $152,000 for Children’s Hospital, ending the fundraising campaign in February 2020 with a live dance party. This is the first time VOLthon will host their main event virtually allowing for students to participate while complying with COVID-19 restrictions.

The Louisiana native, who CMT heralded a 2020/2021 Listen Up artist, MusicRow named to their Next Big Thing Class of 2021 and Taste of Country enlisted as one of 2020's Hottest Country Artists Under 25 has amassed over 30 million streams worldwide with songs like "What It Meant To Lose You" and "Like I Knew You Would." On his debut project on Big Machine Records, Payton played every part on each track just like his favorite guitar icons across the sonic landscape. Certain that his peers have equally varied musical tastes, the rising star brings a hybrid of his influences to the genre – every bit as much a fan of Pearl Jam and John Mayer as he is Clint Black and George Strait. Visit paytonsmithmusic.com and follow @thepaytonsmith on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/TikTok.

To learn more about VOLthon, visit www.volthon.org and follow @VOLthon on Instagram and Facebook. 


East Tennessee Children's Hospital’s vision is Leading the Way to Healthy Children
Children’s Hospital is a private, independent, not-for-profit pediatric medical center which has served the East Tennessee region for more than 80 years and is certified by the state of Tennessee as a Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center.