Out 4/16: Freda Payne ‘Let There Be Love,’ a Jazz Duets Album ft. Johnny Mathis, Dee Dee Bridgewater and More

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Next month, renowned singer/actress Freda Payne (best known musically for 1970’s “Band of Gold”) will release Let There Be Love, a traditional jazz album.

It will be her first album since 2014, and Payne previewed it back in December with a rendition of George Gershwin’s “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” a duet with none other than Johnny Mathis. Listen to their version below:

Said Freda Payne of her collaboration with Mathis, per a news release:

“I was so happy that he agreed to do it. Many singers request for Johnny to sing duets but he doesn’t grant that wish for everybody. I thought I was more honored to work with him but he was honored, too – tickled and honored. It reminded me of when David Gest and I saw his show at The Mirage in Las Vegas then went backstage with Steve Wynn and his wife to say hello. When Johnny came out to greet us, I was so in awe…but he was giving me waves and bows of playful ‘I’m not worthy!” It touched me so to see that he was not afraid to give kudos to others. So, when I saw him walking down the halls of Capitol Records in Hollywood into ‘Studio A,’ I was like, ‘He has arrived – thank you Jesus!’ It was lovely recording our vocals perched on stools side by side.”

As for Let There Be Love, the album was produced by Rodrigo Rios, co-produced by Freda Payne and executive produced by James M. Goetz. Elsewhere on the record, Payne also collaborates with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kurt Elling, and Kenny Lattimore.


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Recently, Freda Payne was kind enough to take the time to participate in Rock Cellar Productions’ All Together Now – LA2, an All-Star Benefit Streaming Concert Event for COVID-19 Relief on March 20.

The concert was a major and significant emergency relief effort helping residents of the Los Angeles area cope with the ongoing hardships resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Janet says:

    That is/was hot 🔥 and love the tune and the singing. Thank you both for such a wonderful and great collaboration!!! What’s next you rwo? 🥰😍🤩

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