Lou Gramm is an American Rock Vocalist and song writer best known for being The original lead singer of the American/British Rock Band “Foreigner”. He is a native of Rochester NY, born Louis Andrew Grammatico. Mr. Gramm helped “Foreigner” churn out seven multi-platinum albums and 20 Top 40 singles, including “Cold as Ice,” “Juke Box Hero,” “Urgent” and “I Want to Know What Love Is”. He has been Grammy nominated several times and his first solo album “Ready or Not” produced the top played song of the year “Midnight Blue” in 1987. This same year he contributed the Title song “Lost in the Shadows” to the soundtrack for the horror film “The Lost Boys”.
John Payne became the frontman of the supergroup ASIA in 1992 at the invitation of keyboardist Geoff Downes, replacing vocalist/bassist John Wetton. ASIA extensively toured the world for the next 14 years performing new classics and old favorites. With John Payne fronting the band, ASIA released 8 stunning studio albums and several live recordings. In 2006, Geoff Downes left the band to reform the 1982 line up for their 25th anniversary.
On the 9th of May 2006, John Payne, Geoff Downes, John Wetton, Carl Palmer and Steve Howe contractually agreed that John Payne would continue his 14-year legacy with ASIA as “ASIA Featuring John Payne”.
ASIA Featuring John Payne have been touring in North America since 2008.