Big Daddy Payne
Big Daddy Payne is an extraordinary talent, having gone to UCLA and The Eubanks Conservatory Of Music And Arts studying arranging, piano and organ.
In his youth, he studied drums and piano under the legendary Miss Alma Hightower, the greatest music teacher Los Angeles has ever known. Many of todays great musicians sat patiently to take their lessons every Saturday morning from this remarkable woman.
Big Daddy, whose given name is Earl J. Foster Jr. is the son of a Church pianist, grew up in church, where he sang in the choir and played Clarinet and saxophone.
His first professional experience was musical director of a singing group out of Boston, called The Fabulous Lords. After performing with The Lords, he was hired by the owner of the famous Sugar Shack in Boston Mass as the main house musician and music director for the Shack. While working at the Sugar Shack, he had the privilege of working with the O'Jays dynamite rhythm section backing the group when they worked the club. Many great artists worked the Shack, groups such as, The O'Jay's, The Moments, The Delphonics, Funkadelics, the Temptations The Dells, to name a few. Mr. Foster is now CEO of The Shampen Group, a full service music corporation.