"What's the point of life if we're stagnant? I've always just wanted to go out there and do all the things I dreamt about when I was a little girl dancing and singing in my living room with my mom's high heels."
- Paytra Gessler
Born the first child of two in small-town Bedford, Michigan, Paytra made a not-so-ordinary choice to leave home at age sixteen with a one-way train ticket to New York City. Paytra is a singer, songwriter, pianist, and actress and has performed in front of thousands of people while also making multiple TV debuts. Notable performances include Disney World, New York Fashion Week, Montauk’s Memory bar opening for Fat Joe, and World Pride 2019. Her music is heard on pilot series “Lower East Asides” and Kipling USA’s 2019 Campaign.
Paytra’s rap-like delivery and hard-hitting drums set her apart from other pop artists while the experiences she’s had in life shape her lyrics- all from the relatable perspective of a young woman. Her debut single “Dangerous” boasts of femme confidence and has featured on iHeartRadio’s “The Beat” in their weekly new music playlist. Her work has also been on Sirius XM’s Shade 45, Vlad TV and A&R music blog. Paytra recently appeared in MTV’s Truth Campaign and Law and Order: SVU with a pilot series on the way in 2019.
Paytra is a classically trained pianist and has been writing music since age twelve. She credits her predecessors, Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, and Rihanna, as significant influences in her music. With a new project on the way in 2019, it’s no doubt that Paytra will be making many more appearances. Follow Paytra on her social media to keep up to date with new releases!
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"She is a firecracker in the nicest sense and full of energy and life. Paytra is super professional, but a natural at being herself on set and performing. She was an inspiration to our fashion advertising story."
-Ray Murray, Creative Director of Kipling
Disney World, Orlando Florida for Top Model of the Year Convention
World Pride 2019 and Motor City Pride 2019
The New Yorker Hotel for 2018 NYFW as guest performer
New York Fox 5 Star of the Day
Heart of Arts Fashion show at Angel Orensanz Foundation for 2017 NYFW
Memory Motel Montauk, NY (Opener for Fat Joe)
MTV’s Truth Campaign 2019 for the VMAs (national commercial)
Law and Order SVU Season 20 guest appearance
Kipling's 2019 Campaign
104.1 The Beat
Shade 45 Sirius XM
Pretty Girls Sweat Fitness