Ever since "The Former Ladies Of The Supremes" (F.L.O.S) was formed by Ronnie Phillips and Superstar International Records back in 1986, it's been a whirlwind trip for me... As most of you know, initially, the group consisted of Jean Terrell, Cindy Birdsong and me... Cindy only stayed with us for a short time and then, for a second time, as with The Supremes, Lynda Laurence stepped in and took her place. For the next seven years, Jean, Lynda and I traveled and entertained audiences all over the world. It was a fabulous time in our lives!.. Then, Jean decided that she wanted to do other things and made her departure...
The group went through several metamorphoses after that, including a name change to "Scherrie and Lynda, formerly of The Supremes." Lynda's sister, Sundray Tucker, Freddie Poole, and then, Joyce Vincent, former member of Tony Orlando and Dawn; all of these talented women helped Lynda and me maintain the sound and image of the group with sophistication, style and grace.
Last April of 2016, we celebrated our 30th year anniversary at The Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood. It was packed! I still can't believe it! Lynda and I were so proud and in awe that night. It's been over thirty years of hard work and dedication. Lynda and I had become more than just singing partners, we fast became friends and then, like sisters. We've been through a lot together; highs and lows, good and bad, but it only made us more resilient, stronger in this business of "show." We're survivors and proud of it...
I want to thank all of you fans and friends who have supported us over the years. It's so appreciated and has never been forgotten. We couldn't have done it without you. We've had such a momentous time. But, all good things must come to an end. It's on that note that I sadly announce the departure of my dear friend, singing partner and sister, Lynda Laurence. Yes, Lynda has decided that it's time for her to put aside her Supreme gowns and pursue a different avenue. I wish her all the best for whatever she chooses now to do, and I know it will be a huge success! That's just how Lynda is, always putting one-hundred percent and her heart into everything she does... I'm going to miss her a lot; her talent, input, laughter and advice... It's been one fabulous journey!!!
And so, on another note, I'm happy to announce the entrance of the multi-talented Ms. Susaye Greene! The group will now be known as, "Scherrie and Susaye, Formerly of The Supremes." Of course, Joyce Vincent will be featured with us. It's amazing that back in 1978 when Susaye and I were auditioning for a third Supreme after Mary Wilson went solo, Joyce was our pick. She was pretty and could sing like an angel. But, unfortunately, Motown decided to retire the name since no original member was in the group. All these years later, as fate would have it, the three of us are back together again, united as one... Ironic, but wonderful!
We're looking forward to many more concerts and club dates in the near future. Eric Iversen, David Kramlick and Steve Weaver have been vitally instrumental in the change and we couldn't have done it without them. They've been the gems in our lives and, for that, I'm extremely grateful! It's been fantastic! Thank you, guys!!
And so, Susaye, Joyce and I, will do our best and continue to keep the Supreme legacy alive. We will keep the music playing! God is good...
Blessings to you all,
Formerly of The Supremes
Scherrie and Lynda on stage at The Rose Theater in California on June 18, 2017.
Lynda's final performance with the Trio.
Thank you Fred Rimando for the lovely photo!
Here is a sneak peak of what's to come from the new line with Scherrie Payne, Susaye Greene and Joyce Vincent! SCHERRIE & SUSAYE, FORMERLY OF THE SUPREMES PROMO VIDEO 2017