Clif Payne is an American singer, musician, and educator whose vocal style has generally been classified in the jazz, R&B, gospel, blues, rock, folk and pop genres. His duet, No Payne, No Gain, recorded with Freda Payne, charted at #1 on Great Britain's Soul/R&B charts in 2016. Payne was born in Sugar Hill, Manhattan to parents James (Buddy) and Aline Payne on June 8, 1954. His father was a jazz musician and his mother was a singer. Both of his parents were involved in the Harlem Sugar Hill jazz music scene. He and his family moved to Evansville, Indiana in 1959 In addition to singing, Payne learned to play the guitar in 1962 at age 8 and the violin at age 10. In high school, he performed in musicals on vocals, guitar, violin, and violin and was also in the school orchestra and choir. He graduated from North High School in 1972. In 2016, Payne released his debut album, Welcome To My World .