HOUSTON IS A CITY OF MANY SOUNDS, all of which are reimagined in the music of emerging artist Peyton Booker. The songstress, who goes by the moniker Peyton, is a classically trained musician immersing herself in Houston's diverse culture.
Her project, PSA (released May 2021), is a 12-track story of her lived experience. Throughout the album, Peyton takes an introspective look into her own life. You'll hear themes of ended friendships, self re-discovery, and trusting your intuition. "I wanted to be really transparent with this album because in past works I have not been completely transparent," Peyton tells Houstonia.
Naming the project PSA was a double entendre—not only is it the acronym for the term public service announcement, but it also represents Peyton's Second Album. The project marks the second release from the Houston native, but the first official project under her label, Stones Throw.
Peyton's sound and creativity could be likened to that of other R&B artists like Janelle Monae or Houston's own Solange Knowles. The melodic performer says that she draws inspiration from artists like Aaliyah and cites Sophie, J. Paul and Sampha as direct influences on PSA. Those influences are reflected in her visuals as well. The video for her single “Let It Flow” showcases her Texan roots and was shot in her mother’s hometown of Liberty, Texas, a place she calls her second home.
From the album’s initial concept to its execution, Peyton says that the best part of developing PSA was creating the project. "Meeting new musicians and learning from them, and those awesome moments when you're figuring out an idea and then all of a sudden it just clicks. I really loved moments like that," Peyton says.
Throughout PSA, the singer's message is clear and concise – to be transparent and find comfort with who you are.
"I just wanted to be more transparent about my thoughts and who I am, so my messages are mainly just to feel the feelings that you have and to never lose sight of your creativity."