Freda Payne is an American Soul/R&B/Jazz singer and actress best known for her million selling 1970 hit single, "Band of Gold." In 1971 she had a second gold record which was the Vietnam War protest song, "Bring the Boys Home."
As an actress, Ms. Payne appeared in musicals and film, as well as the host ofher own TV talk show, Today's Black Woman. She has made special guest appearances on different television shows including American Idol in which she sang her hit song "Band of Gold."
In 1986, she recorded a remake of her hit "Band of Gold" with Belinda Carlisle. In February 2010, Payne joined Kanye West, Jordin Sparks, Jennifer Hudson, Barbara Streisand and many more on the We Are The World for Haiti Relief. She also continued her acting career appearing in the films Private Obsession, Ragdoll, Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, and Fire & Ice (made-for-TV).
Freda is the older sister of former Supreme Scherrie Payne. (Scherrie performs in the Holiday Celebration Club's We Care Community Choir, "I Need You to Survive," for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.)