It was one year ago that we announced the news that Susaye Greene has joined the Former Supremes group.
They say good things come to those who wait, and we waited 40 years to finally hear the united sounds of Scherrie Payne, Susaye Greene and Joyce Vincent.
On June 12th 1977, Mary Wilson performed her final performance with The Supremes (Scherrie Payne and Susaye Greene) at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London, England. Mary was leaving the group to pursue a solo singing career and Scherrie and Susaye were continuing as The Supremes with a new singer. Scherrie and Susaye chose Joyce Vincent, formerly of Tony Orlando & Dawn fame, to complete their trio. Unfortunately things changed and this trio didn't unite until 2017.
The Former Ladies of The Supremes were formed in 1986 and for 31 years Scherrie Payne and Lynda Laurence continued to authentically present The Supremes' music to fans worldwide. When Lynda decided to move on, Susaye Greene was the obvious choice to join the trio. Susaye happily accepted Scherrie's invitation and together again, they continue the tradition of Supremacy!
Susaye's fun personality, positive attitude, motivating words, and fantastic voice have become an enormous asset to the Former Supremes trio. Whenever Susaye is around there is lots of giggles and laughter, it's contagious!
We love you Susaye,
Happy Anniversary! We are looking forward to many more years to come!
FUN FACT: Since the formation of The Former Ladies of The Supremes in 1986 every Motown Supreme (excluding the original 3 members) has been a member of this trio (Cindy Birdsong, Jean Terrell, Lynda Laurence, Scherrie Payne & Susaye Greene.)
"Authentically Keeping the legacy Alive" - Sharon Davis (Noted author and Motown historian.)
Photo out takes from Susaye's first photo shoot with the ladies. Click on each image for full size views.
Attention all U.K. Fans! Here's your opportunity to see Scherrie Payne & Susaye Greene Formerly of The Supremes, joined by Joyce Vincent live in concert. The Ladies will be appearing at The City Pavillion, Romford on November 16th, The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury on November 17th, and at The Vauxhall Holiday Park, Great Yarmouth on November 18th. Get your tickets today! See you there!
* November 16th The City Pavillion, Romford
* November 17th The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
* November 18th Vauxhall Holiday Park, Great Yarmouth
Here's your opportunity to catch Scherrie Payne live! Scherrie will be performing a special solo concert Friday, October 19th at the Second Baptist Church in Los Angeles CA. Get your tickets today! www.jazzyfryday.com
Joyce Vincent has been singing with the Former Supremes since September 2009! Joyce has proven to be a valuable asset to this trio, her beautiful voice and sweet demeanor make her the perfect fit for this group.
It's amazing that in 1977 Scherrie Payne and Susaye Greene chose Joyce Vincent to be the replacement for the departing Mary Wilson. Unfortunately that new lineup didn't materialize until 40 years later, but today we finally get to experience the beautiful sounds of Scherrie, Susaye And Joyce.
Since we are reminiscing about Joyce's beginnings with the trio we decided to share some never before seen photos from her first photo shoot with the ladies, and her first official live performance with them in Spain alongside Damon Harris' Temptations Revue.
Many of the photos below came from the first photo shoot Joyce did with the group which happened straight after the show in Spain. Eric Iversen & I collected the ladies from LAX and had the shoot a few days later. Now, our shoots can be a little frantic with quick changes of gowns/hair/makeup etc. but Joyce fitted right in and it was obvious (from the resulting pictures) that this lady was meant to be in the Supreme Team. She's truly a great addition and has grown into her role. I remember Joyce saying to me about 5 years ago how much she enjoys being in the group. I guess that's partly because being in an all female group the dynamics are going to be more divergent. It's important that the ladies all get along (as Scherrie Payne & Lynda Laurence have for several decades) because this affects the energy levels both on and off stage. Today, the happiness levels are maintained with Susaye Greene back in the fold and (of course) the vocal blend works beautifully - as you will soon hear for the very first time! We're all so excited to debut the new sound on our all-new album SUPREMELY YOURS II.
Happy Anniversary Joyce!, We have loved spending theses last 9 years with you on the FLOS team, and we look forward to many more to come!
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After the last sellout performance of Scherrie Payne's hit stage play, "A Lady In Waiting", due to popular demand ONE special encore performance has been added:
Saturday, November 10th @ 8:00pm
Barnsdall Gallery Theatre
4800 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA. 90027
Tickets on sale NOW!!!!!!!
You'll never know who may be in the audience...
or call 1-800-838-3006
GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY!
On Saturday, September 29th 2018 Scherrie Payne, Susaye Greene and Joyce Vincent attended the 29th annual HAL (Heroes and Legends) Awards at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
The Heroes And Legends (HAL) Scholarship Foundation was created by celebrated songwriter and Motown Alumna, Ms. Janie Bradford, to aid “at risk” youth and to publicly recognize others who share her vision.
The primary purpose of HAL is twofold:
First, to help talented young people in the community realize their lofty -but- attainable dreams of shaping careers for themselves in one of the many performing arts. They do this by providing much needed scholarship funds.
Secondly, HAL spotlights positive role models from many diverse backgrounds, including leaders in the fields of music, theatre, motion pictures and business each year at the Annual HAL Awards and Scholarship Dinner. More info about the HAL Awards can be found here.
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Hi guys! I've been asked to update the progress of Supremely Yours II. First, I want to say a little something about Supremely Yours (the first album) that started everything off back in late 1994. That album has been on Spotify and iTunes/Amazon music for several years now and YouTube Music just licensed it for their recently established Music platform - which is very nice and keeps our music playing...
So, SUPREMELY YOURS II. Well, as many of you know, I had to put everything on the back burner for several years - due entirely to my health. I broke my neck in 2001 which resulted in major surgery and a lot of pain which slowly increases as I get older. My specialist tried many types of drugs and therapies on me and now I'm happy to report the pain is under much better control. It's something I have to live with for the rest of my life. I am half man, half robot as all my x-rays and MRI scans frequently prove - but enough of that! We released NEW BEGINNINGS as a four-track taster for SUPREMELY YOURS II - containing AIN'T NO STOPPING US NOW, I CAN'T MAKE YOU LOVE ME, DANCE WITH MY FATHER and BAND OF GOLD. This was the first time I'd engineered the ladies' vocals myself which started out a little frightening but they're all a joy to work with and record so it quickly became a part of the whole song production process that I really enjoy!
At the time of writing this, well over half of the album is complete and tracks are ready to roll. You already know that we're including some more cover versions- and that's because I always want to keep things like they were in the old days. The Supremes fronted by Diana, Jean and Scherrie all recorded great covers for Motown - so why not keep the music playing exactly the same way? As Jean Terrell said, "You must shake it but NEVER break it!"
Back in 2017, Lynda Laurence told us that she'd be bowing out of the trio after 31 years. By then I'd already recorded several songs with her on lead and backing vocals. She very graciously gave the Supreme Team enough notice - meaning behind the scenes the transition of a new member could be handled at a much easier pace than ever before and it worked out great! Susaye and Scherrie became PARTNERS again! Susaye was always the first option, plus the well documented fact that the lineup we now have of Scherrie, Susaye & Joyce was to be Motown's revitalized SUPREMES for the late 70's and beyond. Okay, so it's taken 40 years to hear their vocal blend on record but better late than never, I say! Each lady has a great, unique sound - and their instinctive harmony blend is simply SUPREME so, to maximize their vocal strengths, several of SUPREMELY YOURS II's originally planned cuts have been shelved to fully integrate Susaye and make an album with an equal amount of lead vocals for each of our beautiful songbirds...
You've already heard very quick teasers of HIGHER & HIGHER, and several of you worked out that the drum and bass line of the song I posted a while back from the studio is Luther Vandross's classic NEVER TOO MUCH. We're also going to include our version of Michael Jackson's YOU ARE NOT ALONE - originally planned as a duet between Scherrie & Cindy Birdsong, but now re-arranged as a shared lead between Scherrie, Susaye & Joyce. It sounds really beautiful. New additions are three ballads I've added, one being a duet with Scherrie and a very distinctive male Motowner from a million-selling group that still perform today, along with some funkier stuff and a couple of pop/dance songs to round off the collection. There won't be remixes of any of the 40+ tracks I've recorded and licensed (since I started producing the ladies in 1994) that are already available on CD, stream and download.
Things have progressed very well in the studios here in the UK and I'm itching to get the rest of the vocals completed. Initially, that was to happen in November but gigs got scheduled for the ladies and then Joyce got a call to tie some more "Yellow ribbons" with Tony Orlando & Dawn, which meant either putting my trip stateside back to January or pulling it forward to October - the latter is what I opted to do.
So, again - thank you for being so patient. We're very much back on track and we'll keep you informed of how things are progressing.
Stoned ♥ Love,
Steve Weaver/the Supreme Team.
(Eric Iversen & David Kramlick)
Realistically, the whole album won't be out until After January 2019 but I promise there will be tracks available as an EP before then.
We are excited to announce the expanded reissue of The Former Ladies of The Supremes' 1994 CD album "Supreme Voices." This collection includes a bonus DVD of the Ladies' 20th Anniversary Show at the Henry Fonda Theatre. It is the complete show, including the awards presented to all 8 Supremes, and it is also one of Cindy Birdsong's last public appearances! purchase your copy today.
"That, my dears is Mr. Englebert Humperdinck. I had the great pleasure of doing a recording with him recently, thanks to my lovely sister Joyce Vincent. The always soulful singing Jim Gilstrap joined us for a special song to Englebert’s lovely wife. The gracious gentleman told me he has sold 150 million records now, and is still touring. He is still handsome at 81, and thank you to his wonderful team for making us so comfortable. Great magic studio, a fun day!"
Love, Susaye Greene
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Happy Birthday wishes to the Supreme Ms. Susaye Greene! Wishing you health, love, happiness and everything your heart desires. Happy Birthday Susaye! - September 13th 2018
SCHERRIE & SUSAYE, FORMERLY OF THE SUPREMES
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