American gospel singer LaShun Pace dies of renal failure

LaShun Pace

LaShun Pace

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American gospel artiste and songwriter, Lashun Pace, has passed away.

The singer died at the age of 60.

Pace was on dialysis for five years waiting for a kidney and died of organ failure on Monday morning.

The news was announced by her sister, Lydia Pace.

Born to Superintendent Murphy J. Pace and Bettie Ann Pace in Atlanta, Georgia, Pace was raised in a small community called Poole Creek.

Pace first emerged during the mid–1970s, performing solo and later alongside her siblings in the group The Anointed Pace Sisters (Duranice, Phyllis, June, Melonda, Dejuaii, Leslie, Latrice, and Lydia).

Pace's singing and ministering skills were further honed while she toured with the Rev. Gene Martin and the Action Revival Team, and in 1988 she recorded In the House of the Lord with Dr. Jonathan Greer and the Cathedral of Faith Church of God in Christ Choirs for Savoy Records.

The label signed Pace as a solo artist soon after, and in 1990 she issued her debut He Lives, which reached the number two spot on the Billboard gospel charts and featured her signature song "I Know I've Been Changed"; the follow-up, Shekinah Glory, appeared in 1993.

Three years later in 1996, Pace returned with Wealthy Place; with well known song “Act Like You Know” featuring Karen Clark Sheard, from the legendary Clark Sisters. In addition to successive releases including 1998's Just Because God Said It, she also enjoyed a career as an actress, most notably co-starring as the Angel of Mercy in the 1992 Steve Martin film Leap of Faith.

Pace was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame in 2007.

She was to be at the official presentation ceremony with numerous other guests to be formally inducted, but fell ill and was unable to attend.

In 2009, LaShun was nominated for Urban Performer of the Year in the Visionary Awards. Winners were to be announced live during the 2009 Christian Music Hall of Fame Awards Show on November 14, 2009.

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