Scherrie Payne started her career in show business as the lead singer of the Detroit based group “The Glass House.” They signed to the Invictus label in 1969 and saw their biggest hit with the track “Crumbs Off The Table” (written by Scherrie), which managed the Billboard Top 10. Between 1969 and 1972, The Glass House released 2 albums and 9 singles, including Scherrie’s solo track, “V.I.P.” They quietly disbanded in 1972 after the release of their album, “Thanks, I Needed That.”
In 1973, Scherrie Payne became the final lead singer of Motown’s legendary recording group “The Supremes.” Lead vocal sparks flew from Scherrie Payne from 1973 to 1977 on three Supremes’ LPs. “He’s My Man,” “I’m Gonna Let My Heart Do The Walking,” “Let Yourself Go;” and “You’re My Driving Wheel” were the singles that Scherrie sang lead on in Motown’s closing chapter of The Supremes. In June 1977, The Supremes performed their final farewell concert and the group was officially retired.
In 1979, Scherrie Payne and Susaye Greene recorded an album together on the Motown label titled “Partners.” The critically acclaimed album was written and produced by the duo and featured the single “Leaving Me Was The Best Thing You’ve Ever Done,” which was written by Scherrie.
In the 1980’s Scherrie Payne had solo club hits with her version of 10cc’s “I’m Not In Love” followed by “One Night Only,” a song from the play and movie “Dreamgirls.” In 1985, she recorded her first solo album for Superstar International Records which contained several duets with Phillip Ingram. The following year Scherrie Payne recorded with British producer Ian Levine for his Motown reunion project, Motorcity Records. While with this label, Payne released two solo singles “Chasing Me Into Somebody Else’s Arms” and “Pure Energy” (co-written by Payne), as well as covers of two Diana Ross tunes, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “I’m Still Waiting.” Other product recorded for Motorcity included “Who’s Wrong, Who’s Right” and “One More Time.”
In 1986, Scherrie Payne, Lynda Laurence & Jean Terrell – all former Supremes – joined together. Their vision was to rekindle the glamour, style and music of The Supremes. The name for the trio was a natural evolution…”The Former Ladies of The Supremes.” After Jean Terrell’s departure, the trio continued, and today they are joined by Joyce Vincent – of Tony Orlando & Dawn” fame. Scherrie & Lynda’s trio have performed live in concert and appeared on TV shows throughout the USA, Europe, the Middle East and the Orient. These international appearances have allowed the world to experience again the music, charm, and elegance of this timeless act on a grand scale. They have released several studio albums such as the fan favorite, “Supremely Yours.”
This year marks the 28th Anniversary of Scherrie and Lynda’s trio. They plan to release their new CD “Supremely Yours II” later on in the year.
In the Summer of 2000, Diana Ross and The Supremes began their “Return to Love” tour. The tour rolled out with Diana Ross, Scherrie Payne and Lynda Laurence as The Supremes trio. The production included a 14-piece band, a 48-piece orchestra, and a 12-member dance troupe. The Ladies appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The View,” “The Today Show,” and VH1’s “Diva’s” special.
When Scherrie is not performing all over the world with The Former Ladies of The Supremes, she is an avid writer and has written over 18 screenplays. In September 2012 her screenplay “It Always Rains On Sunday” was produced by Donald Welch and had a 3-day sold out run in Los Angeles, CA.
After thirty years of lobbying by fans, Universal Japan released a re-mastered limited edition of Scherrie and Susaye’s “Partners” album in October 2013. Since then, the two have come together for a tour to present the songs they never performed together before. The tour will kick off in Los Angeles in July.
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