Happy Birthday wishes to the wonderful Ms. Sundray Tucker. Sundray sang alongside The Former Ladies of The Supremes' Scherrie Payne & Lynda Laurence from 1993 to 1996.
Sundray has had an illustrious recording and performing career. She has performed with Stevie Wonder, The Three Degrees, The Ordettes (later to become Patti Labelle & The Bluebelles,) James Brown and many more!
Sundray is the olderst daughter of gospel legend Ira Tucker (The Dixie Hummingbirds,) and her sister is Lynda Laurence (Formerly of The Supremes.)
"I'd like to wish my dear friend, Sundray Tucker, a very Happy and Blessed Birthday, today! I love you! God is so good!!" - Scherrie Payne, Formerly of The Supremes
Our longtime friend Sharon Davis wrote a beautiful blurb, in her Motown Spotlight in SoulMusic.com , about the "LA LA Peace Song" featuring our very own Joyce Vincent and Scherrie Payne, produced by Rick Gianatos.
"Former Supreme, Scherrie Payne is one of the artists involved in a new music project titled ”La La Peace Song,” the brainchild of producer Rick Gianatos. He explained his reasoning behind the song to Pump It Up Magazine. “I was watching riots take place in Ferguson (after police officer Darren Wilson shot dead Michael Brown in 2014). It reminded me of the riots in my home down, Wilmington, Delaware, after Martin Luther King was killed. I felt a strong sense of déjà vu.” Written by Johnny Bristol and recorded earlier by both Al Wilson and O.C. Smith, “La La Peace Song” came to mind as a vehicle to raise funds for all victims of violence. Rick and Johnny had met previously in Detroit during Ian Levine’s Motorcity Reunion sessions. “I co-produced several tracks with Johnny. He was a wonderful talent and a gentleman of a human being.” (Yes, I agree – he was an ace guy; ultra friendly, easy going, and a delight to be with)
Anyway, “La La Peace Song” is centered around a trio of lead voices, Pam Vincent, Jim Gilstrap and Joyce Vincent, with additional voices that included Jessica Williams and Scherrie Payne. Instead of copying the original version which was styled around Johnny’s “Hang On In There Baby”, Rick injected a seventies flavor akin to Faith, Hope And Charity. With this release he’s hoping to accomplish an awareness to violent crimes, while additionally protesting against the current political climate, which, he said, “seems to condone racism, prejudice, separatism and hatred…Music can teach and it also can heal. I hope ‘La La Peace Song’ can do both.” There’s two/three different versions of the song – which is so deliciously catchy that it’s almost impossible to get the hook line out of your mind, while the persuasive vocals push home the important message of love – so suggest you visit the various sites to hear more. Thanks guys!" - Sharon Davis
Scherrie & Susaye attend the 18th Annual Starlight Serenade Benefit Concert in Hollywood, CA. 3-10-2018
Check out Scherrie Payne's interview with Pump It Up Magazine. In this interview she discusses her time with The Supremes, what's happening with her current group "Scherrie & Susaye, Formerly of The Supremes," her play and screenwriting projects, plus her current solo projects. Click the button below for the full interview. Enjoy!
From the desk of Scherrie Payne
I was shocked and so saddened to hear of Dennis Edwards' passing... my group performed in shows with him many times over the years. We performed in the United States, the Middle East, Asia and throughout Europe. I always loved his magnificent singing voice, his sense of humor and his personality. He was so much fun too! Dennis and his group shared many laughs on the road with us... I shall miss and cherish those wonderful times. He was a good person...I had been praying for his healing every morning and night from the time I heard about his condition last year... I guess God had other plans. My prayer now is for God to comfort Dennis' family and give them the peace as only He can give in the midst of their pain and sorrow...-with Love, Scherrie Payne
From the desk of Susaye Greene
I first met Dennis when he was the lead singer for the Contours, on a show (my first theater show) at the Howard Theater in DC. The Temptations were headlining; highlighting their hit, "(I Know) I'm Losing You" and their futuristic 5 headed hydra microphone. Nobody had seen anything like that before in the business!
The Tempts were tearing it up. I was the only act not on Motown, thanks to my powerful manager George Treadwell, who got me on the show, when Brenda Holloway got ill. Jimmy Ruffin's "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted" was tearing up the charts. The Velvelettes were on the show too, and little me, who came on just before the Tempts, in the co-star spot! Everyone was talking about the Contours powerful lead singer, Dennis Edwards, whose powerful vocals were slaying the crowds and his on stage charm was mowing down the ladies! Dennis' star power was extraordinary, rivaling the great David Ruffin, and it was no surprise that Dennis took over the lead spot in the Temptations not long after that show, at Motown. I will never forget how Dennis recognized that my mom and I were outsiders to the Motown club, and he graciously escorted us around town to eat lunch or dinner. I was a kid, amazed by the whole event, and Dennis' humility and gentlemanly manner was so appreciated by my mom, and me. I'll never forget how kind he was to us. I'm saddened by his death, but none of us will forget his heroic vocal legacy. He gave the Temptations some Mighty Hits! He was like no other singer in history, with powerful feeling and delivery! Bravo, King Dennis Edwards; you will always be remembered . Love from Susaye Greene
From The desk of Lynda Laurence
It's hard to remember the exact day I met Dennis Edwards. I just know that I told him then, what I'm going to say now...”You are a singing man!” That voice...so strong, yet so smooth, so emphatic and oh so soulful!!! That to me is Dennis Edwards. He is in the class of singers that I classify as great!!! Donny Hathaway, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross of course Ira Tucker, Sr., and now Dennis Edwards takes his spot along side the best singers I have ever known!!!! There are so many more, too many To mention. Suffice to say, “The Third Of September” takes on a different meaning now. The industry lost another great voice...but he will not be forgotten!!! With much sadness, and my deepest condolences. - Lynda Laurence
Scherrie Payne, Susaye Greene and Joyce Vincent performed in The Netherlands. Maastricht was the beautiful host city complete with quaint shops, historic architecture and cobble stone streets. It was absolutely breath taking! The Ladies performed in the fabulous La Bonboniere Theatre to an enthusiastic black tie audience. Everyone had a great time!
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On Sunday, January 21st Susaye Greene performed at the SAP Arena in San Jose as part of the Harlem Globetrotters halftime show with Jeremy Yun of the WJM Band. Susaye and Jeremy performed the Marvin Gaye Classic "What's Going On" and "Lean On Me."
WJM is no ordinary band. William, Jeremy, and Max are three California ninth graders that have turned their love of music into an instrument for change. The boys support charities that benefit children in different ways, and choose to donate their compensation directly to different organizations such as UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco, Camp Okizu, The Bridge School, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, St. Baldrick’s Foundation, and Live In Peace.
"I had a fabulously fun and enlightening time in San Jose: great company, thank you to my lovely friends Joon, Kimberly, Jeremy and Eric Yun, for inviting me and encouraging me through my laryngitis. Thank you Jeremy for being so talented and gracious, professional and poised. You have a tremendous career ahead! Great film crew, outstanding caring and so supportive. A joy to meet each of them. Add in the Four Seasons Silicon Valley/Palo Alto Hotel, unsurpassable style and service, atmosphere, orchids galore, design, Art excellence!!! food, Tesla (juicy car) and top it off with the unstoppable Harlem Globe Trotters! Just too much fun! Thank you Eric Iversen for smoothing the way always. You and Will are so kind, fun, and caring! An A plus weekend! Simply Supreme. I'm dancing!" - Susaye Greene
Scherrie Payne, Susaye Greene and Joyce Vincent are interviewed by Gail Scott Key for her "Entertainment Now" radio program on the Tap The Mic Radio Network. Enjoy!
Scherrie and Susaye support their Supreme sister Diana Ross in her new endeavor, "Diamond Diana" a new perfume by Diana Ross, sold exclusively on the Home Shopping Network. Congratulations Diana!
Let’s give a warm welcome to the year that starts a new, cherish each moment that the year shall behold, so let’s come together and celebrate a blissful start to the New Year. Happy New Year!!!!!
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