Testimonials I


My name is Mark Pledger and I’ve known Arthur Payne since I was 8 years old for some 46 years.  I’ve never written a character reference for anyone but I felt quite honored that Arthur asked me to write a reference letter for him. 

Arthur was a positive influence and an example in my life and our community early on. My earliest memory of Arthur was his friendliness and kind nature when we moved on the block. As I grew to know him I was impressed by his resourcefulness and honest endeavors. He organized the neighborhood boys to cut grass and raise money.  He was instrumental in helping me get my first job in a summer program as tutor for elementary kids, where he was an upper classman with influence. Arthur continued to exhibit these traits as he grew into manhood and throughout his adult life: commitment to God and community, helping others, a super charming personality, and a friend on whom you can always depend, trusting and trustworthy, intelligent, levelheaded, determined, a self starter, hard worker, visionary and I could go on.  I think the one thing Arthur did that will ever live in my heart is that he assisted as a care giver for my brother and his best friend as he fought his final battle with ALS.  He was a friend to the end, yes as close as a brother. In addition to being a great father and loving husband Arthur has always had a passion for music.  He has taken the time to share his passion with others, mentoring many a young aspiring artist, coaching them, providing wholesome lyrics, spending studio time, providing professional contacts and assisting them in anyway he could. Music has always been apart of his life and he has shared his talent with others.  

Again, I am honored to give a character reference for Arthur. I believe that what ever he puts his hand to will prosper.  He is a good man. 

Psalms 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper 



Mark E, Pledger 




I've worked with Arthur Payne for over 15 years and find him to be the consummate professional. He always comes to the table prepared and ready to work. He has an eye for the details and continues to stay attentive through the completion of each project. I think one of Arthurs biggest assets is his passion for the work and people. This sets him apart from 95% of his contemporaries. From our first meeting I find working with Arthur an education and a joy. And as one of the "Good Guys" Arthur has always treated his associates with respect welcoming their input and opinions. He is one of my favorite associates and that's saying something since I've been doing audio production of over 40 years.

Chuck Chapman/Chapman Recording & Mastering, Lenexa Ks. 

My name is Randy Mitchell and I've known Arthur for over 20 years and he is one of my best friends and to be honest is like a brother to me. I can go on and on about how good of a person Arthur is and how much love I have for him and tell you all kinds of stories about why but to keep this short and professional I would say this about Arthur.

Dedication - Arthur loves music and it is who he is and what he was born to do and his passion. He is very talented and has the awards and credentials to back up his musical background. Some may say he is an accomplished songwriter but I can see and have seen Arthur doing anything in music and being outstanding at it such as producing, arranging, composing, directing, managing, and running a business. This is due to his dedication and drive to perfection and his not being afraid to listen to others and accept criticism if it is going to improve his creativity and keep his musical talents fresh.

Character - I can say without a doubt that Arthur is spiritual, honest, trustworthy, loyal, caring, nice, and fun to be around. It is so much a part of his character I can't imagine nor have I ever heard anyone say anything bad about him. I put spiritual first because this is what I have seen blossom the most since I've first met him. He has always been fun to be around, honest, trustworthy, loyal, and willing to help others more to the extent than most any person that I've ever met. 

I don't have many real close friends but the qualities above that Arthur has shown to me is why Arthur will always be someone that will be a life-long best friend of mine.

 Edward Spence

North Las Vegas, NV 89031

August 16, 2010

To Whom It May Concern:

 Dear Sir or Madame,

It is with great pleasure that I recommend Arthur Payne.  I have known Arthur since he was a teenager.  It was then that it became obvious to my wife and me that Arthur had a love affair with music. To promote his strong interest in music, we gave Arthur his first piano. Arthur has continued to write songs and collaborate with others who share his passion of music.  Throughout his life, Arthur has always displayed a high degree of integrity, responsibility, and ambition.  He is definitely a leader rather than a follower.  In addition to his excellent musical accomplishments, he has also been a mentor discovering and developing young people. To provide the daily necessities of life, he has been a steady and dependable employee in a large corporation.  While Arthur was working his “nine to five” I always felt, “here is a musician in between gigs”.  In addition to being purpose driven, Arthur is practical and realistic and his good judgment and mature outlook ensure a logical and practical approach to future endeavors.

I am happy to give Arthur my wholehearted endorsement.


Edward Spence

Retired  Kansas City, Mo Commerce Bank President 


Terry B. Rainey 

Tbr-rainey@sbcglobal.net  or   tbr-rainey@hotmail.com 



I have known Arthur Payne since 1968 maybe since 1967. He lived up the street from me so you might be able to say we grew up together. Although we never went to the same school, we would always hang out after school. Doing things like young men do, playing basketball, football, baseball, since we live near the woods we played in them to.                                    

Arthur always had a dream to make it big in the Music business and did those things he needed to do to pursuing those dream. Like he took up college courses on what he needed to get started with, plus he had connection with a few famous performers. Needless to say he is one of the most dependable people I had a chance to know and grow up with I can truly say I love him like a brother. 


To Whom it May Concern,

 I have lived next door to Arthur and his family for approximately twelve years. They have been a wonderful joy and blessing as neighbors in every way! We trust them explicitly and believe they embody the true Christian Spirit as neighbors. As a next-door neighbor, I have had to ask for consideration and understanding for several matters over the years, and always received the utmost in kindness and respect. I wish for good fortune for them more as family than neighbor, or even friend!

 Sincerely, I am,

 Harry L. Rose



To whom it may concern,
As an owner of a Kansas City based video production company I have had numerous professional interactions with Arthur Payne. All aspects of our business relationship have been very professional, as well
as personally and creatively fulfilling. Arthur is one of those people who truly practises what he preaches and brings a tremendous amount of energy and enthusiasm to the job at hand. Business with Arthur
is very transparent with no surprises or unknowns. He is a perfectionist when it comes to planning and pre-production detail. His drive and work ethic provide a great sense of security and trust when working with him. Outpost Worldwide looks forward to an ongoing relationship with Arthur in the music video and entertainment industry. 

I can be reached directly by phone regarding any further comments or questions.

Mike Wunsch CEO of Outpost Worldwide