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Shoshana Payne Radlein
Shoshana Payne Radlein is the owner and founder of the celebrity studio, La Voix Studio, which she and her mother, Scherrie Payne, opened together. Shoshana has obtained several degrees along her way of passage to better herself in her career; an associate in Music Liberal Arts, a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, a Masters in Public Administration and a second Masters degree in the Art of Teaching with an emphasis in teaching the English Language from the University of Southern California. Since 2005, she studied and soon after became a certified Level 1 Vocal Instructor in Seth Rigg's world famous "Speech Level Singing" organization which is a method that trains many celebrities. Shoshana trained and worked with several of SLS' top level vocal coaches in the music industry. Although, she is no longer affiliated with the organization, teaching now for over ten years, she continues to teach and believes in the technique, she believes in the power of technique continuing to further discover, collaborate with other teachers and enhance her knowledge in the world of voice technique as a singing coach.
Scherrie Payne is a co-owner of the celebrity studio, La Voix Studio. Scherrie embarked on a business venture, together, with her only daughter Shoshana Payne P. Scherrie comes from a very talented family and background so here is a brief synopsis of what she has accomplished in her lifetime. She was born in Detroit Michigan, and started a singing career of her own at a very young age when she got picked up by the renown record company in Detroit, Motown. She became the last lead singer in the major hit singing group, The Supremes, and traveled all over the world. Scherrie performed with the diva Diana Ross and another former Supreme, Lynda Laurence for The Supreme's reunion "Return to Love" Tour in 2000. Scherrie still travels all over the world and performs with some of the former ladies of The Supremes. Click Our Sponsors to read more. For more information about Scherrie Payne, you may visit: scherriepayneandlyndalaurence.com or scherriepayne.com
Charles L. Eugene
Mr. Charles Eugene is also another co-founder and creator of La Voix Studio. He has many talents and has worked as an actor with the Screen Actor's Guild since 1988. Among other things, he teaches and coaches students in his Industry classes. When Charles is not acting and/or teaching, he's busy operating his own catering company and continues to create behind the scenes of his family owned busines, Spicy Charlie's Catering Inc. For more information about Mr. Eugene, please visit: www.spicycharlies.com.
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.
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JIM GILSTRAP, With a portfolio whose collective sales boasts more than 100 million albums & CD’s sold, Jim Gilstrap is one of the most prolific male session singers in the music industry. His list of credits reads like a veritable who’s who of the entire musical spectrum – from Barbra Streisand to Celine Dion to Michael Jackson to Herbie Hancock – just to name a few. Born in Pittsburgh, Texas, Jim grew up listening to R&B and Blues, idolizing Bobby "Blue" Bland.
When his family moved to California, he set about pursuing a career in music, joining the Doodletown Pipers before moving on to a more soulful unit called the Cultures, who offered background support to established pop and soul artists. Jim first honed his vocals behind such luminaries as The Temptations, Streisand and Rod Stewart. While doing session work for top producers like Quincy Jones, Jim met his idol, Stevie Wonder, which led to his tenure with Stevie’s “Wonderlove” backing group. Among the many gold and platinum albums now hanging on his wall, is one given to him by Wonder for his vocal work on “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life.”
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Hanna Aparo developed a love for the piano starting at the age of 6,. A recipient of numerous academic awards, scholarships, and piano competitions from Pasadena City College and San Francisco State University, she has developed a sensitivity to musicality and love of collaboration with other musicians. She received a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance- Summa Cum Laude and is Member of the MTAC (Music Teacher’s Association of California), currently teaching privately at her home studio in North Hollywood and travels to students’ homes. In addition, she maintains a teaching schedule with Neighborhood Music School in Boyle Heights and accompanies vocal students at La Voix Studio. She enjoys performing solo, being in chamber ensembles, and working as a piano accompanist. Teaching piano has been a rewarding experience for her, assisting young pianists whether their interest in piano is recreational or career-oriented.
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Pam Vincent began her professional career in show business as a young teen in the 1960's. Her sister, Joyce, first began as a Motown/Stax artist. Soon after her group disbanded, Joyce began singing on sessions that proved more lucrative than being a recording artist. Pam soon followed in her sister's footsteps and united with Joyce in the studio. The two quickly became a highly sought-after background vocals team. It was also during this time that they met with Telma Hopkins and within three years, would go on to perform background vocals on an enormously impressive list of some of the most legendary songs ever produced by Motown. In 1970, Bell Records tapped Joyce and Telma to become "Dawn." They were paired with Tony Orlando and upon the success of "Candida" and "Knock Three Times," would go on tour in Europe. Pam sought out two new session singers to fill the void left by Joyce & Telma, and would join with Donna Davis Sadler and Cynthia Douglas to form her own group, "Brandye." The group released one album, "Crossover To Brandye," on the Kayvette/T.K. Records label - where they also provided backing vocals for label-mates, K. C. & The Sunshine Band on the album, containing their mega hit "Get Down Tonight." Brandye quickly began working both in the studio and in live performances with an extensive list of established artists, such as Johnny Taylor, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Funkadelic, Bob Seeger, James Brown, Peabo Bryson, and Isaac Hayes. After Dawn's tour of Europe, Pam joined them in the studio where in addition to singing, she also arranged all the background vocals. Touring commitments with Aretha Franklin as well as her involvement in many other projects meant Pam seldom appeared with them, but she is credited with the other members of Dawn on all of the group's albums. In 1991, Tony Orlando, along with Joyce and Pam, released "With Ev'ry Yellow Ribbon (That's Why We Tie 'Em)". A DVD compilation from their variety series was released in 2005, as well as the group's catalog of albums on CD. Tony Orlando & Dawn also reunited to release the "A Christmas Reunion" CD that same year. Publicity events for those releases marked the first time Telma, Joyce, and Pamela appeared together onstage. On November 9, 2008, Joyce & Pam experienced another musical milestone when they appeared to accept their awards to be INDUCTED INTO THE VOCAL GROUP HALL OF FAME. Joyce and Pam continue their impressive careers as session singers as well as performing around the world. They are currently members of the 5-piece group Tour De 4Force, which also includes Jim Gilstrap, Theresa Davis, and former Supreme Scherrie Payne and released the album, "QUIET MOON". In September 2009, Joyce was added as a member of the Former Ladies of the Supremes, which is now billed as Scherrie Payne and Lynda Laurence. They often appear at special events such as the annual Heroes And Legends (HAL) Awards in Beverly Hills, California. They often work with their good friend Windy Barnes-Farrell - as members of Windy's Inspirational Voices of Free gospel group. They can be seen on the Christmas special at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, which is televised annually. Currently, she teaches at Cal State Los Angeles Gifted and Performing Arts program and also vocal coaches at La Voix Studio.
Joyce Vincent Wilson (born December 14, 1946, Detroit, Michigan) is an American singer, most famous for being one-third of the group Tony Orlando and Dawn. Orlando had released the singles "Candida" and "Knock Three Times", recorded with session vocalists Linda November and Toni Wine backing him, under the name Dawn; when the singles charted, Orlando found himself needing to assemble an actual backing group to tour and record with. Wilson and Telma Hopkins became the fully embodied Dawn. The popular 1970s group later had their own successful television program, and Wilson was featured on hit singles like "He Don't Love You (Like I Love You)", "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" and "Mornin' Beautiful". Wilson continues singing to this day, usually with her sister, Pamela Vincent. Wilson was offered a chance to replace original Supremes member Mary Wilson in the Supremes, with members Scherrie Payne and Susaye Greene, before it was determined by Motown that the group should not continue without any original members. Wilson sang as a backing vocalist on Payne and Greene's duet album, Partners, in 1979, which was originally conceived as a Supremes album. A friend of Payne, Wilson has also provided backing vocals during her solo concerts. In 2006, Wilson and her sister Pamela Vincent provided backing vocals at the twentieth anniversary concert of the Former Ladies of the Supremes. In January 2007, both Wilson and Vincent provided backing vocals for Payne at a concert in Los Angeles, California. In April 2007, Joyce stepped in as a last-minute replacement for Freddi Poole, who was unable to join her group the Former Ladies of the Supremes, on a tour of Japan. In June 2008, Joyce stepped in to replace Lynda Lawrence on a tour of England. In September 2009, Joyce replaced Freddie Poole as a member of the Former Ladies of the Supremes, which is now billed as Scherrie Payne and Lynda Laurence. Joyce and her sister Pam also perform with the "Inspirational Voices of Free" choir. Joyce and Pam are also members of the group Tour de 4Force. This 5-piece group includes both Joyce and Pam, as well as Jim Gilstrap, Theresa Davis and former Supreme Scherrie Payne.
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 Gest, Bill Cosby and Sammy Davis Jr. She also made guest appearances on numerous television shows including "Merv Griffin," "Johnny Carson" and "Jay Leno." "Band of Gold”, was her first hit single which gave her a Gold Record known all over the world in the early 1970s, followed by her second Gold Record "Bring the Boys Home."
Ms. Payne worked as an actress in several movies, Broadway, and other theatre productions. She continued her acting career appearing in movies like The Book of Numbers (1973), 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”. In a addition to her own Jazz Concerts, she is currently touring all over the country doing her "ELLA - First Lady of Song" show based on the life of Ella Fitzgerald.
For more information about Freda Payne, visit www.fredapayne.com.
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