FREDA PAYNE TRIBUTE TO ELLA FITZGERALD
Freda Payne, a Detroit native, got her start singing with big bands & then sang with great Duke Ellington’s band then in New York where she landed her first record deal, a jazz album on Impulse. Freda went on to perform with the big band of Quincy Jones. Freda may be recognized more so for her pop and R&B hits, "Band of Gold" and "Bring the Boys Home", with the producing team of Holland, Dozier & Holland on Invictus. She was a Grammy-Nominee for Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Female for "Band of Gold" and for the album "Contact." Freda’s musical theatre credits are Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies, The Blues in the Night, Jelly’s Last Jam and Ella Fitzgerald First Lady of Song. "Come Back to Me" her latest CD signals her return to her jazz roots.