Mike Payne was born in West Virginia, in 1953. He became a Christian early on and grew up loving Southern Gospel music. His first efforts at songwriting were simply to change the lyrics of popular, secular tunes.
Have you ever been in a situation where you were keenly aware that God was way ahead of your situation and had provision ready when you needed it? My wife and I just had such a situation. We recently moved, which is another whole story in itself. (Whoever invented moving needs to be hung or shot or something!)
If you really want to do something to support Southern Gospel music artists—something that is truly needed—I'd like to suggest this: Pray.