O U R S P O N S O R S A N D S P E C I A L G U E S T S
For our Annual Event and Scholarships...
Ms. Freda Payne is a prolific singer and actress. Born in Detroit, Michigan, she began singing at the age of 12 years old. Since the start of her career as a young girl, she has worked with many different singers and producers including Quincy Jones, Pearl Bailey, David Guest and Bill Cosby. She also made occasional guest appearances on different television shows including "Merv Griffin" and "Johnny Carson". "Band of Gold”, was her first hit single which gave her a gold record known all over the world in the early 1970s. Ms. Payne worked as an actress in several movies, Broadway, and other theatre productions. She continued her acting career appearing in movies like Private Obsession (1995), Ragdoll (1999), The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000), and Fire & Ice (made-for-TV, 2001). As if that weren’t enough, Freda continues to perform all over the world. Freda recently made her appearance and gave a star performance on the hit show American Idol. And after the recent tragedy in Haiti, legendary producer, Quincy Jones asked her to participate in the remake of a new “We Are the World for Haiti”.
For more information about Freda Payne, go to www.fredapayne.com
Ms. Scherrie Payne, younger sister of Freda Payne, is from the home of the Motown sound. Ms. Payne is officially recognized as The Supremes' final lead singer, and is featured on many of the Motown record mega hits. A talented writer and performer, Scherrie was discovered by famed producer Eddie Holland (of Holland/Dozier/Holland fame). Before The Supremes, Scherrie was the lead singer of a start up group "Glass House" and is featured on all of their hits on the Invictus label including, "Crumbs off The Table" which she co-wrote. Scherrie has recorded as a solo artist and has had her own hit songs including, "I'm Not In Love" and the famous "One Night Only" which was reintroduced to this generation in the movie “Dream Girls” by R&B recording artist, Beyoncé. Scherrie has worked with many major stars including her sister Freda Payne, George Benson, and Jose Feliciano. In 2000, she joined and toured in concert with Diana Ross, as a member of Diana Ross and the Supremes on their "Return To Love" tour. While touring, they appeared in several News Magazines and Talk Shows including the “Oprah Winfrey Show”. Today she continues to perform with some of the Former Ladies of the Supremes’ around the world.
For more information about Scherrie Payne, go to www.scherriepayneandlyndalaurence.com
J. Randy Taraborrelli is the author of 15 books, including his most recent New York Times’ bestseller, "Elizabeth," the critically-hailed biography of Elizabeth Taylor. It was his fastest rising bestseller, debuting on the prestigious New York Times list at #8. Other books include his recent biography of "Diana Ross," (his third on that subject) and “Once Upon a Time - Behind the Fairytale of Princess Grace and Prince Rainier," a Los Angeles Times’ best seller. His preceding work, “Madonna - An Intimate Biography” was a massive bestseller in countries around the world — translated into more than 30 languages. It remained on the London Times’ bestseller list for an astonishing six months and was nominated for the prestigious W.H. Smith Award in England. The book was also a New York Times bestseller in the USA.
For more information about Randy, go to http://www.jrandytaraborrelli.com/
SPICY CHARLIE'S CATERING
Chef Charles Eugene owns and operates Spicy Charlie’s Catering in Studio City. He cultivated his love of cooking when he was growing up in the West Indies; he often watched his mother prepare meals seasoned lovingly with fragrant herbs and spices. As a young adult he began preparing the spicy and hearty dishes of his childhood for friends and family - but he regarded it as pleasant pastime instead of a business.
While waiting to audition as an extra for Amistad he prepared a few dishes for some of the crew, and one of the producers after tasting his food suggested that he cater for the Los Angeles wrap party. This catering experience gave him the desire to learn more.
Executive Chef Charles Eugene, after receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree, has pursued an MPA, Master’s in Public Administration. He never quits - graduate school encompassed all he holds dear - cuisine, languages, and society. For more information about Chef Eugene, go to http://www.spicycharlies.com/about.html
Honorary Sponsor, Geri Benoit, First Lady of Haiti between 1995 and 2000, is currently Haiti's Ambassador to Italy.
Madame Benoit is actively engaged with the United Nations, the Smithsonian and relief efforts for the Haitian people.
She sponsored a Haiti Relief Aid directly after the 2010 earthquake with Mazon and Dee Pak Chopra.
Marvin Marshall began his illustrious career at age 3. Born in Detroit Michigan, December 21, 1949 is where his career started and excelled at playing the trumpet. Add Piano and Guitar to his instrumental skills at age 9. Marvin went on to study orchestration, conducting and composition at the University of Michigan as well as studied with esteemed Motown arrangers, Gil Askey and Maurice King. Marvin quickly became Music Director, guitarist and pianist for great artists as the Fifth Dimension, the Supremes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Temptations, the Miracles, Diana Ross Enterprise, and many more. He has worked with numerous tv shows such as Sonny & Cher, Dick Cavett, Steve Allen, Flip Wilson, Merv Griffin and even the presentation for England Royalty. Marvin’s recording, and motion picture resume is just as extensive. For more information about Marvin Marshall to see his list of recording artists and performing credits, go to http://www.novastarinteractive.com/MotownFamilyFunk/Marvin%20Marshall%20Bio.htm
We would like to say Thank You to our Newest Sponsor(s) for La Voix Studio Vocal Scholarship:
Myrthel Target Pierre of Exclusive Estate Property
License BRE # 00968153
More sponsors and other special guests have yet to be announced...
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