Scherrie Payne, the little lady with the big voice, started her recording career in a group known as The Glass House. Other group members included Ty Hunter (later with The Originals), Pearl Jones, and Larry Mitchell. This was a group signed to the Invictus Label, formed by former Motown songwriters Eddie and Brian Holland, and Lamont Dozier. Signed to the label in 1969, they were signed among other popular acts of the early 1970s, including Freda Payne (Scherrie's older sister who saw a #1 hit in 1970 with "Band Of Gold"), and The Honey Cone who saw a #1 hit with "Want Ads" In an ironic twist of fate, 'Want Ads' was originally recorded with Scherrie. She remembered that she walked into a club one day and heard "Want Ads" and thought it was her own version, but it was The Honey Cone! The group saw their biggest hit in 1969 with the track "Crumbs Off The Table" which managed the Billboard top 10. Scherrie sang lead and also co-wrote the very funky track
Between the years of 1969 and 1972, The Glass House released 2 albums and 9 singles, including Scherrie's solo track, "V.I.P." However, they never really repeated the success of their first single release. They quietly disbanded in 1972, after the release of their album, "Thanks, I Needed That."
Next year saw Scherrie chosen to replace Jean Terrell in the Supremes in 1973. She immediately became a fan favorite as they toured around the world. Scherrie recorded three albums with the group "THE SUPREMES [yielding hits "HE'S MY MAN" and "WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?"], HIGH ENERGY ["LET MY HEART DO THE WALKING"], and MARY SCHERRIE AND SUSAYE ["YOU'RE MY DRIVING WHEEL," "LET YOURSELF GO," "LOVE I NEVER KNEW YOU COULD FEEL SO GOOD"]. After leaving Motown, she began her solo career, recording a series of dance single hits with producer Rick Gianatos for his ALTAIR RECORDS label, including "I'M NOT IN LOVE," and "ONE NIGHT ONLY." Scherrie regrouped with Jean Terrell and Lynda Lawrence as FLOS [Former Ladies of the Supremes], renewing the silky sound of the premier Motown girl group during Jean Terrell's tenure, recording for Ian Levine's MOTOR CITY RECORDS. With co-producer Rick Gianatos, they recorded a series of great singles, both original and covers, including fantastic new renditions of "STONED LOVE" and "NATHAN JONES," as well as original tracks "HIT AND MISS" [co-written by Scherrie], and a very retro 60's "CRAZY BOUT THE GUY." Jean Terrell left FLOS and Scherrie and Lynda soldiered on, joining Diana Ross and the Supremes on the "Return To Love" tour. Diana Ross complimented Scherrie and Lynda on the Oprah show, saying that they are authentically keeping the legend alive. Scherrie and Lynda, with Freddie Poole, recorded a new single with Rick for his Nu & Improved imprint, "SISTERS UNITED," which is available for sale on CD Baby as well as downloads, and also were starred in Rick's UK release, the DREAMGIRLS DANCE PROJECT. She and Rick cut more tracks and Scherrie wrote more original material for herself and others, including Pattie Brooks and now Kim Yarbrough [from THE VOICE], and then came the highly anticipated release of LET YOURSELF GO: THE FINAL SESSIONS by The Supremes, the follow-up to the wonderful THIS IS THE STORY, which featured all of the material during Jean's tenure with the group.
Scherrie is currently in pre-production for her first play, to be produced by Donald Welch Productions, entitled IT ALWAYS RAINS ON SUNDAY. It will premier in mid-September. Singer, songwriter, and now playwright. So much talent yet to be discovered. We will be hearing from this little lady for years to come!