Come & see Freda Payne, Florence La Rue, Marla Gibbs & a host of other performers at the Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival on Saturday July 20 at 8pm in Hollywood
Come & see Freda Payne, Florence La Rue, Marla Gibbs & a host of other performers at the Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival on Saturday July 20 at 8pm in Hollywood. For Reservations and to purchase tickets, visit lawtf.org. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Industry (w/ID) seniors, students & groups $20. Details are on the Flyer. For information, call 818-760-0408 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come and see 10 years old, Andrea McCoy perform at the Stella Adler Theater in Hollywood July 11th at 8pm
Come and see 10 years old, Andrea Star McCoy perform at the Stella Adler Theater in Hollywood July 11th at 8pm for the TST Summer Series Sum-Poetry.
For more event and ticket info, visit: https://tstsumpoetrytix.eventbrite.com
Check out our Spring 50s & 60s Themed Show with a Live Band, Upstairs at The Federal Bar in Noho on Thursday May 23 at 7pm. Save $10 on General Tickets until May 18th! VIP Tickets almost Sold OUT, so Buy your Ticket today!
Pre-purchase Tickets for the Spring 50s & 60s Show with a Live Band on Thursday May 23rd at The Federal Bar @ 7pm - Tickets on sale until April 30th!!!
"Songs Of Bond" A Big Band Jazz Tribute by "Live and Let Die, James Bond Girl" GLORIA HENDRY - Wednesday April 17th at the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood
"Songs Of Bond" A Big Band Jazz Tribute by "Live and Let Die, James Bond Girl", Gloria Hendry
Wednesday April 17th at the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood
Hope to see you there!
Upcoming Spring Event - Come see our 50s & 60s Show with a Live Band, Thursday May 23rd at The Federal Bar in Noho
Come & see Jade Kaufman sing at a Showcase at the Gardenia Room in Hollywood on Wednesday March 27, 2019 at 7pm!
On Wednesday March 27th, come see Jade Kaufman sing and perform in a Showcase at the Gardenia Room in Hollywood, presented by W.E.T. PR Inc Of Beverly Hills.
7066 Santa Monica Blvd 7PM
7:00 - 10:00pm
There is FREE parking at the Chase Bank parking lot located across the street from the venue. Metered parking is also available.
Red carpet festivities will begin at 6:45pm.
Hors d'oeuvres will be served. Cash Bar
Freestyle with Karla Gordy Bristol, Dance Class at Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Beverly Hills, only 3 classes left!
Scherrie Payne & Susaye Greene formerly of The Supremes with Joyce Vincent, released a NEW SINGLE "UNCONDITIONAL LOVE", AVAILABLE NOW!!!!
NEW SINGLE "UNCONDITIONAL LOVE"
Scherrie Payne & Susaye Greene formerly of The Supremes with Joyce Vincent, performed at the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood Jan 20, and then at the iconic United Artists Theatre, now known as The Theatre at Ace Hotel, for The Raw Science Film Festival Downtown last Saturday, giving their audiences a pre-released performance of their new single. This week the Ladies, Scherrie Payne, Susaye Greene & Joyce Vincent, announced that their new single "UNCONDITIONAL LOVE" is now available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Music, Pandora, & Tidal. The new single was written by Susaye Greene & Jeffrey Chin and is on the Dollface label. Check it out & download it today!!!
From The Supremes Lead Singer to Playwright, the Double Life of Scherrie Payne
1/29/2019 Billboard Article by Fred Bronson
Scherrie Payne attends the 26th Annual Heroes and Legends Awards at Beverly Hills Hotel on Sept. 27, 2015 in Beverly Hills, Calif. Growing up in Detroit, Scherrie Payne loved music and writing, but she never imagined that she would one day be the lead singer of the most successful girl group in America. Or that she would have a second career as a working playwright.
Payne grew up in a musical family, with her older sister Freda. "My mother said I was singing before I was talking and Freda was the shy one," Payne tells Billboard. "Freda was so shy, she would make my mother leave the room or hide behind the drapes before she would sing. I was in the middle of the room singing and entertaining my mother's friends. And then for some reason, the roles switched around in junior high school. I became the introvert and Freda became the extrovert."
In 1969, both sisters were signed to Holland-Dozier-Holland's Invictus label. Freda had a No. 3 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1970 with "Band of Gold," while Scherrie was the lead singer on the Glass House's "Crumbs Off the Table," which peaked at No. 59 on the Hot 100 and No. 7 on the R&B singles chart.
When Diana Ross left the Supremes in January 1970, Jean Terrell was recruited to be the trio's new lead singer. And when Terrell departed four years later, Lamont Dozier told Mary Wilson she should consider Scherrie to be the group's new frontperson.
"I flew to Los Angeles to meet with Mary," Payne recalls. "Cindy Birdsong picked me up at the airport and we bonded instantly. We went right to Mary's house and we started rehearsing on a Saturday. She said there was a gig the following Saturday at the New Mexico State Fair. I didn't know any of the songs or routines. I was terrified. "The Supremes' manager at that time was Bill Loeb. He said, 'If you pull this off in New Mexico, you've got the job.'"
Payne sang lead vocals on the final three albums by the group: The Supremes, High Energy and Mary, Scherrie & Susaye. After the final break-up of the Supremes, she recorded the Partners album with Susaye Greene. In more recent years, Payne has performed with other past members of the trio as Former Ladies of the Supremes. But she also found a new calling, writing plays and screenplays.
"I was writing a lot of songs during the '70s. There is a song on the Partners album called 'Another Life From Now' that was the catalyst for writing my first play, Ten Good Years, about a singer in her forties who thinks she has 10 good years left in her career."
Asked if she remembers when she first had the thought to write prose, Payne recalls, "I was eight years old and my mother had a Royal Oak typewriter. It was just a regular old black typewriter and I was picking at the keys and I was consumed with writing. My mother said, 'Let me show you the proper way, the key position with your fingers and your hands to type.' And so she showed me how and I just started typing, typing, typing. I wrote a story titled 'Lorna Come Home.' I have no idea what it was about. But I had a love for writing even back then as a young girl."
Was Payne ever concerned that a career in playwriting would take away from her work as a singer? "No, I looked forward to my writing time. I would do it during a plane ride. Or when I would get in bed, the TV would be on at a low volume and I'd be writing. So music never got in the way. I knew I would always sing, whether on a stage or at home or in the car because I always loved to sing. A lot of the things that happened in my life, I use now as material for my writing."
Payne has written five stage plays to date, as well as 21 film scripts. Most recently, her play A Lady in Waiting was staged at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre in Hollywood, with Motown royalty like Eddie Holland, Betty Kelley of Martha & the Vandellas, songwriter/producer Mickey Stevenson ("Dancing in the Street," "It Takes Two") and sister Supreme Susaye Greene in attendance, as well as Scherrie's sister, Freda, and Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent, who were in Dawn with Tony Orlando.
Payne never considered acting in her own plays. "I'm not an actress," she tells Billboard. "I'll act out some of the parts in my car or in my bedroom. I like the idea of it and I like to emote. When A Lady In Waiting was first produced at the Missing Piece Theater, I was sitting in the front row and the five actors told me, 'We would come out on stage and see you sitting there mouthing some of the lines.' I had to be cognizant of that. I don't want to distract any of them."
A Lady in Waiting is about a woman on trial for murdering her husband. Payne explains that the characters are not based on anyone she knows. "I've never been in an abusive relationship like that. I just made it up as I went along. The son and the daughter and the judge, none of them are real. It's all total fiction." But that doesn't mean audience members don't recognize people they actually know. "At the Barnsdall production, there was a woman who walked out of the theater to go to the ladies room. One of my friend's daughters was in there and she said the lady was crying. She was trying to help her, and the woman said, 'I can't go back inside. It's too close to home.' Many other people came up to me and said, 'I went through that' or 'I had a friend who went through that. Thank you.' It's not talked about."
Scherrie Payne (center) on stage with the cast and director of her play A Lady in Waiting at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre in Hollywood.
Payne says she writes every day. "I have my notebook right there at the bedside. Sometimes I sit out at the pool in the complex where I live or I go to the park and find a nice quiet little spot and sit there at a table by the lake and look out at the water and just let God talk to me. Last night I finished my newest stage play, Lies, Cornbread and Pie. It takes place in Charlotte, North Carolina."
Surprisingly, Payne does not write on her computer – at least, not at first. "I write in longhand and I'll write so many pages and then start typing. So every single screenplay or stage play has a notebook that goes with it where I put all my notes and ideas in it, writing everything out in full form."
If Payne had to choose between her music and play writing, what would she do? "I love doing both," she professes. "When I sing, it takes me to another realm. And when I write, I get in a quiet place and let God talk to me. I let my mind ruminate and write the thoughts down. I know the day will come when I'll no longer be able to sing but I'll always be able to be creative as a writer. Maybe I'll even go back to drawing and painting, something I did in my twenties. I still have those drawings tucked away in a closet. I have to be creative or else I get depressed. Creating is my outlet for expressing my feelings and it takes me to another place, another world."
Scherrie & Susaye formerly of The SUPREMES in Concert this Sunday January 20, 2019 at The Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood... Get your tickets today!
FREDA PAYNE PERFORMING AT HERB ALPERT’S VIBRATO GRILL JAZZ Tonight Thursday January 10, 2019 at 7:30pm
Though best known for her 1970 R&B crossover smash hit “Band of Gold,” Freda Payne has always first and foremost been a jazz singer. Now, as iconic in 2014 for her timeless beauty and stage appeal as she is for her artistic versatility, Freda Payne remains among music’s brightest-shining stars.
Her latest album, Come Back To Me Love, marks not only a return to the big band and strings-laden classics from her mid-’60s beginnings with Impulse! but also marks a return to her hometown of Detroit. That makes this 14-song album featuring Grammy® Award-winner Bill Cunliffe’s musical arrangements—from the vibes-kissed Kenny Rankin waltz “Haven’t We Met” to the lonely evening fireplace musings of “Lately”—a beautiful homecoming.
Starting her career with the Jimmy Wilkins Big Band at age 14, Payne went on to perform at the Apollo Theater in Harlem alongside Billy Eckstine, backed by Quincy Jones and His Orchestra, comedian Redd Foxx, and the dance team Coles & Atkins. She also graced the stage with Duke Ellington for two nights in Pittsburgh, after which he composed “Blue Piano” just for her. Asked if much has changed since those first 1963 jazz recordings, she marvels, “In ’63 I was nervous as hell—uptight and pushing too hard to be perfect. This time I felt like I was in heaven. I was in Capitol Records’ Studio A with 40 musicians, singing over impeccable arrangements. I was much more relaxed and secure within myself.” Freda Payne’s training and experience render her a rare vocal artist who is stylistically beyond category. Visit www.fredapayne.com for more event information.
LAST DAY TO BUY TICKETS for the Annual Winter Concert & Dinner Event happening this Sunday Dec 9th! Honoring Freda Payne & Reggie Dozier with Surprise Special Guests!
Only 3 DAYS LEFT... Ticket Sale EXTENDED until MONDAY DECEMBER 3RD for The 8th Annual Winter Concert & Dinner Event next Sun Dec 9th! Honoring Presentation for Freda Payne & Reggie Dozier with Surprise Special Guests!!!
General & VIP Tickets ON SALE NOW until NOV 26th for the Annual Winter Event on Sunday Dec 9th!!! Latest News: Event Prep Meeting Sat Nov 17th
Check out the New Single Release called "Lilac" from Colton & Trent Edwards, Mirror Image!
FREDA PAYNE “THE CLASSICS” (MOTOWN, R&B & JAZZ FAVORITES) AND SPECIAL GUESTS! Show at The Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood - Tonight Friday Oct 19th & Tomorrow Saturday Oct 20th at 8:30pm!
As iconic in 2014 for her timeless beauty and stage appeal as she is for her artistic versatility,Freda Payne remains among music’s and show business’ brightest shining star survivors. Her latest album, Come Back To Me Love (her first for the Artistry Music imprint) marks not only a return to the big band and strings-laden classics from her mid-`60s beginnings with Impulse! but also marks a return to her hometown of Detroit. That makes this 14-song album featuring Grammy® award-winner Bill Cunliffe’s musical arrangements—from the vibes-kissed Kenny Rankin waltz “Haven’t We Met” to the lonely evening fireplace musings of “Lately”—a beautiful homecoming.
“It’s a dream come true,” Payne enthuses with a smile, “Just like in 1968 when I was living in New York seeking my fame and fortune, and ran into Brian Holland of Holland-Dozier-Holland. He told me they had just left Motown and started their own company, Invictus. I flew back to Detroit, signed with them and a year later had a Top 5 record, ‘Band of Gold.’ So releasing this album on Mack Avenue’s Artistry Music imprint is truly serendipitous—a flashback to something really good happening for me at home in Detroit, my good luck charm.” Berry did write those three songs for me. However, they were never released. It was only a few years later she landed her first record deal in New York with ABC Paramont. Her first single was called Slightly Out Of Tune. A song made famous by jazz musician Stan Gretz. The company then put her on their jazz label, Impulse. Visit www.fredapayne.com for more event information.
Limited Early Bird Tickets End OCT 14th!!! Sun DEC 9th Annual Winter Concert & Dinner Event General & V.I.P. Tickets on sale now until NOV 26th, La Voix Studio Open House next Sat OCT 20th 4-6pm, RSVP today!
Q85: A Musical Celebration for Quincy Jones, hosted by Oprah Winfrey on Tuesday September 25, 2018 at the Microsoft Theatre in LA, 7:30pm
Open House Studio Mixer on Saturday October 20th, Event Meeting - Thurs Oct 4 at 6pm, & New Saturdays Harmony Class
This Fall, on October 20, 2018, we will have our Open House & Studio Mixer, lite refreshments will be served. We are adding back in the Showcase of Student Performances in our open mic/ jam session/ intimate setting for students to invite their Friends & Family and have a chance to mix, mingle & meet other students at the Open House Studio Mixer.
Also, we have a new Harmony class with Pamela Vincent. For more information, please visit Studio Classes & Events Schedule for more information.
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3rd Annual Ava's Heart Heroes Ball in Hollywood on Thursday September 27, 2018, hosted by Larry King! Tickets on sale
A truly special evening that will touch your heart. Hear stories from transplant patients, doctors, celebrities and honorees who work passionately to better the lives of others.
The annual fundraising gala event is a celebration featuring world-class entertainment, networking, delectable cuisine and attracts local, national and international media coverage.
For more information about the Ava's Heart Foundation or to purchase tickets for the Ava's Heart Heroes Ball Event, please visit: avasheart.org
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