R.I.P. Lashun Pace of the Anointed Pace Sisters at age 60

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    (March 21, 2022) She was a gospel giant, both as a solo singer and as part of one of the genre’s biggest family acts. And today, we sadly say goodbye to the great Lashun Pace of The Anointed Pace Sisters, who has died at age 60 after several years of kidney ailments.

    Atlanta-born singer LaShun Pace first came to the attention of the Gospel world in the 70s as the second oldest member of the gospel group the Anointed Pace Sisters, a touring sibling act that gained regional and then national attention by winning a number of major Gospel competitions and culminating with their signing by Savoy Records.  The group reached its peak with 1992's U Know, which hit #1 and stayed on the Gospel charts for over a year.

    (March 21, 2022) She was a gospel giant, both as a solo singer and as part of one of the genre’s biggest family acts. And today, we sadly say goodbye to the great Lashun Pace of The Anointed Pace Sisters, who has died at age 60 after several years of kidney ailments.

    Atlanta-born singer LaShun Pace first came to the attention of the Gospel world in the 70s as the second oldest member of the gospel group the Anointed Pace Sisters, a touring sibling act that gained regional and then national attention by winning a number of major Gospel competitions and culminating with their signing by Savoy Records.  The group reached its peak with 1992's U Know, which hit #1 and stayed on the Gospel charts for over a year.

    Pace launched her own solo career in 1991 with He Lives, a solid album that highlighted her strong, beautiful voice, and which became one of that year's top Gospel albums.  She followed it up over the next several years with Shekinah Glory, Wealthy Place, Just Because God Said It  and God is Faithful, and appeared in the Steve Martin movie Leap of Faith.  However, during the late 90s and early 00s Pace suffered a number of personal setbacks, including the death of her oldest daughter, a divorce and a series of physical ailments that severely hindered her career.

    She documented her trials and triumphs in the 2003 book For My Good But For His Glory. Pace returned in 2005 with It's My Time, a solid album that mixed upbeat tunes and spiritual ballads that began another run of excellence that included the albums Complete, Reborn and By Your Word. She was indicted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame in 2007. We last heard her on the beautiful 2019 single “Joy.”

    Lashun Pace was part of a generation that effectively blended gospel messages with R&B and jazz sounds, and she did it incredibly. She will be greatly missed.

    By Chris Rizik

     
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