Grammy-nominated gospel singer and songwriter LaShun Pace died Monday in Atlanta, Georgia, at the age of 60 due to organ failure after being on dialysis for the past few years.
Pace was born in Atlanta in 1961. She rose to fame for her role as a founding member of the gospel vocal group The Anointed Pace Sisters in 1988.
Active in the Church of God in Christ, the singing group included the Pace sisters – Duranice, Phyllis, June, Melonda, Dejuaii, Leslie, Latrice and Lydia. The sisters launched their singing careers performing at local church and talent shows, according to the Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music.
Pace then found success as a solo artist. His first album, He lives, achieved commercial success in 1991 and featured their song “I Know I’ve Been Changed”.
The Anointed Pace Sisters’ first recording for a nationally distributed label was released in 1992 with the album You know. the Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music notes that the album stayed on the Billboard charts for over a year.
LeShun Pace signed with EMI Gospel in 2004 and released his first CD, It’s my timein 2005
The Oointed Pace Sisters and LeShun Pace received Grammy nominations for their songs.
A Party of Pace’s life will be held on April 2 at the Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral in Austell, Georgia. All are welcome and encouraged to wear pink.
Lydia Pace says 11Alive that Pace was on dialysis for five years and died in an Atlanta-area hospital.
Before finding success as a solo artist, Pace spent his days traveling alongside famed singer, choir director and evangelist Reverend Gene Martin and the Action Revival team. Christian Broadcast Network.
In 1996, she released a third studio album titled A rich placewhich featured the song “Act Like You Know” featuring artist Karen Clark Sheard.
Pace released eight studio albums during his career and was featured in Steve Martin’s 1992 film “Leap Of Faith” as “Angel of Mercy”.
The rhythm was would have a close friend of actor and screenwriter, Tyler Perry, who met Pace during his early years of playwriting.
Pear bought a house for Pace’s mother, Bettie Ann, who died in 2020.
“These two incredible women who love God, fear God and pray all the time have passed away. Mrs. Betty passed away not long ago and today I found out that LaShun had also passed away,” Perry wrote in a Instagram post.
“As I think of the heartbreak of knowing so many people are in need and the state of the world today, I’m just happy to know that they were able to spend their last days in a home they owned. , surrounded by love.”
According to 11Alive, Pace’s death is the third death in his family in the past two years. The older sister, Duranice Pace, died in January 2021 at age 62. LaShun Pace is survived by seven of the nine Pace sisters and one adult daughter, Aarion Rhodes.
“It was important to me to share my gifts, and not just my gifts, but to share the character she instilled in me…the woman she groomed me to be,” Rhodes told the outlet, adding that she hopes to one day cover the songs her mother used to sing.