By Dale Ricardo Shields
Gospel Singer and Grammy Award-winning Songwriter
A dedicated educator, Lady Peachena has earned a Master of Science (M.S.) degree from The College of Mt. St. Vincent (1999), a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree from New School University. In 2017, she graduated from Capella University with a Ph.D. degree in Education.
This innovative producer of 10 albums and songwriter of 400 songs and poems believes that this is the right time for people to hear her soulful, life-changing music. Gospel psalmist, Lady Peachena, is the Grammy Award-winning songwriter of smash-hit song, “DANCING IN THE SPIRIT,” on Cece Winan’s Grammy Award-winning CD, “LET THEM FALL IN LOVE.” Ironically, this song was a worldwide hit, thirty years ago in 1988 when it was recorded by Cece’s brothers, with (Bishop) Marvin Winan’s singing lead with (the late) Ron Winan’s Family & Friend’s Choir live in Detroit, Michigan. In 1989 the song was nominated for a Grammy Award and the entire Winans’ family sang “DANCING…” live on the CBS Grammy telecast.
Kanye West sampled her song, “HEAVENLY DREAMS,” and dubbed it “CELEBRATION” on his platinum-selling CD, “LATE REGISTRATION” in 2005.
Lady Peachena (Lena Eure) graduated from Morgan State University in 1970 with an (expired link). degree in French & Secondary Education. After graduating as she worked as a Lead Teacher with the Model Cities Program in Baltimore, MD, then she moved to New York City in ’72 to pursue her dream of becoming a professional recording artist/performer.
From 1983 to 2004, she was a Certified Public School Teacher with New York City’s Department of Education, while acquiring 2 Master’s degrees. The first one, a Masters of Science degree in Urban & Multicultural Education was granted in 1999 from The College of Mt. St. Vincent in Riverdale, NY. The second one was an (expired link). degree in Creative Writing for Children in 2001 from New School University in New York, NY.
Gifted Gospel Diva & Grammy-nominated songwriter, Lady Peachena aka Lena Eure, wrote the smash-hit song, “Dancing in The Spirit,” recorded by the late Ron Winans & his Family & Friends Choir in 1988 with Bishop Marvin Winans singing lead. And the next year “Dancing in The Spirit,” was nominated for a Grammy.
* Where was I born?
“JUMP UP FOR JOY”
From the 1985 album entitled “Sincerely Yours“.
Written by Peachena Eure and Butch Heyward
Lady Peachena is a member of the Love Fellowship Tabernacle of Brooklyn, NY, where Bishop Hezekiah Walker is the senior pastor. She is a founding member of the church’s LFT Rhema Choir and was a loyal member of LFT’S Grammy-winning Love Fellowship Choir, the Azusa Choir, and LFT’S Celebration Choir.
This Gospel Diva’s also the playwright of the electrifying, long-running musical, “THE GREAT DIVAS OF GOSPEL,” which gives a powerful tribute to the female pioneers of Gospel music, like The Clara Ward Singers, The Famous Caravans, Mahalia Jackson, and others.
This fantastic show celebrated its’ 26th Year Anniversary with two dynamic shows at Brooklyn’s Sugar Hill Restaurant.
GREAT DIVAS VIDEO
“LORD, PLEASE GUIDE OUR PRESIDENT“
The Great Divas of Gospel sing a prayer ballad to President Obama entitled, “LORD, PLEASE GUIDE OUR PRESIDENT.” This song was written by Lady Peachena for he’ll always be our president.
This song was written by Lady Peachena, hoping to inspire people all over the world to pray sincerely for the well-being of our world-renowned leader.
Blues Hall of Fame at the Paramount Hudson Valley Theatre Nov 9th, 2013 Part 18 (Lady Peachena and the Great Divas of Gospel) Dorothy Love Coates’ all-time favorite, “THAT’S ENOUGH.” Video by Larry Blumenstein Video Productions. Contact: LarryBlumenstein@aol.com,
(Copyright 2013) (c)
Lady Peachena is the author of an enlightening biographical book,
“THE GREAT DIVAS OF GOSPEL: A POETIC SALUTE TO GOSPEL’S PIONEERS” that traces the lives of 20 of Gospel’s most famous female singers/groups.
Her first Off-Broadway appearance was in 1974 in the controversial sexual musical, “LET MY PEOPLE COME,” that opened at the Village Gate As a cast member, I refused to take off her clothing as her castmates did. I boldly told the producer that I wanted to “show off her talent as a singer, not my body!”
The first two all-star events that this gifted lady presented at the Village Gate was titled “SALUTE TO WOMEN IN THE ARTS” which featured some of that era’s best female artists such as (the late) Phyllis Hyman, (the late) Novella Nelson, Queen Yahna, Sandra Reaves-Phillips, and others in 1975 and 1976.
(Of course, she sang in both shows, too).
One of the first promoters to present the Sunday Gospel Brunch with the “GOSPEL AT THE GATE” series she featured a dynamic line-up of Gospel artists such as (Bishop) Hezekiah Walker and The Love Fellowship Crusade Choir, (the late Rev.) Timothy Wright and his Concert Choir, and others. for six Sundays in the Fall of 1988. A few years later she presented (the late) Jessye Dixon & The Upper Room Choir at the Village Gate.
Lady Peachena’s appeared on Broadway in the classic Gospel musical, “GOSPEL AT COLONUS” that played at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater in 1988 featuring The Institutional Radio Choir, Morgan Freeman, Clarence Fountain and The Five Blind Boys of Alabama
Her other theatrical credits include Ron Milner’s “SEASON’S REASONS,” “GOD’S TROMBONES,” and “OVER 40.”
Quazar is the debut album from the band Quazar. The band was led by former P-Funk vocalist Glenn Goins, who also served as the producer and arranger of the album. Goins died before the album’s release, effectively sealing the group’s fate. The album was released by Arista Records in the fall of 1978, after Funkadelic’s One Nation Under A Groove but before Parliament (band)’s Motor Booty Affair, that same year. The album also features contributions from former P-Funk drummer Jerome Brailey. Both Glenn Goins and Jerome Brailey were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Parliament-Funkadelic.
She composed the song, “LOVE ME BABY” on the album.
- Kevin Goins – guitar and lead vocals
- Eugene Jackson – bass, lead, and background vocals
- Richard Banks – keyboards, background vocals
- Greg Fitz – keyboards, background vocals
- Jeff Adams – drums, background vocals
- Peachena – lead and background vocals
- Harvey Banks – guitar, background vocals
- Daryl Dixon – saxophone, clarinet, flute
- Monica Peters – trumpet
- Darryl Deliberto – congas
- Daniel Brack – background vocals, Spiritual Leaders.
- Glenn Goins, Harry, and Butch Watson – guitars
- Donald Payne, Glenn Goins – bass
- Jerome Brailey, Glenn Goins – drums
- Glenn Goins – background vocals
- Samuel Johnson – keyboards
The album was reissued on CD by records in Japan in 1991 but went out of print shortly thereafter. In June 2012, the album was re-released on CD by BBR records. This expanded version includes the single versions of “Funk ‘N’ Roll (Dancin’ In The Funkshine)”, “Funk With A Bigfoot” and “Savin’ My Love For A Rainy Day”.
Quazar was a ten-piece Funk band from the Plainsfield, NJ
In October 1995 she founded the famed Late Show’s Gospel Choir for CBS TV’S “LATE SHOW with David Letterman,” and they sang on “THE LATE SHOW” for 10 years straight, (1995-2005) and again in 2013 with the pop star, singer-guitarist, Shawn Mendes.
Lady Peachena and The Late Show’s Gospel Choir
In the Fall of ‘1995, Lady Peachena organized The Late Show‘s Gospel Choir at the request of Paul Shaffer, Musical Director of CBS TV’s “LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN.
They have performed on TV shows like “MTV UNPLUGGED,” “INSIDE EDITION,” NBC’S “TONIGHT SHOW Starring JIMMY FALLON,” VH1’s “BEST WEEK EVER,” “IMPRACTICAL JOKERS,” and many others.
Lady Peachena & The Late Show’s Gospel Choir
Rockefeller Center Christmas Season December 2013
Lady Peachena and The LSG Choir on the TRU TV SHOW, “Impractical Jokers.”
“Dracula’s Punishment” episode
Lady Peachena & The LSG Choir in gold robes singing a musical tribute to Gospel’s Queen, Shirley Caesar, with Kirk Franklin directing them at the Beacon Theater in New York City on the “GRAMMY SALUTE TO MUSIC LEGENDS 2017.” PBS TV’S “GREAT PERFORMANCES” on October 13, 2017.
Her choir, the famed Late Show’s Gospel Choir, sang a powerful tribute to Rev. Shirley Caesar, with Kirk Franklin directing them at the Beacon Theater in a “Grammy Salute to Music Legends 2017,” and it aired on PBS TV’S “GREAT PERFORMANCES” Oct. 2017. Lady P. and her Choir starred in a spectacular concert with 13 of the hottest singers from Sweden at the Apollo Theater, a 4-part TV docu-series called “EN KVALL I NEW YORK” that aired in Sweden on SVT-TV in 2016.
In 2010 Lady Peachena was one of the first female Gospel singers to ever direct her choir and lead them singing her smash-hit song, “DANCING IN THE SPIRIT” on Showtime’s “THE BIG C.”
In 2013 she sang in a cameo role on Spike Lee’s mysterious movie, “DA SWEET BLOOD OF JESUS.” Last June 2019 Lady Peachena and her group, The Great Divas of Gospel, were featured as singing angels in the new movie short, “MR. PARKER,” produced by Alex Ashe at the BAM’S Cinema-Film-Fest 2019. On Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16th The Late Show’s Gospel Choir opened up the Hudson’s Clearwater Festival to an adoring crowd at Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, NY.
* My advice to a young artist?
~ QUOTES that I love ~
Most recently, this resilient singer has officially answered her call into the ministry. She just graduated this summer from taking a strenuous 10-week course with the US/NYS Chaplain Task Force and is now recognized as Chaplain Lady Peachena (Eure).
Lady Peachena has written and published an exciting, interactive reading-language arts-music curriculum based on the basic vowel sounds called “WISE WORD POWER,” with a special interest in raising the reading levels of second and third graders by using music. A 2-part CD comes with the educational program of which all songs are composed by Lady Peachena. Her superb, re-released CD, “SINCERELY YOURS” is at https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/ladypeachena4. Her new single, “LOVE TRUMPS HATE,” can be downloaded at www.store.cdbaby.com/ladypeachena6 and at www.amazon.com. For bookings, email Lady Peachena at email@example.com. As a record producer, Lady P. has produced and released nine albums on her label, Platinum Peachtree Records: three children’s albums, two albums of The Late Show’s Gospel Choir, one on her show’s cast, “STAY IN THE RACE,” three of her solo CDS: “SINCERELY YOURS,” “THE BISHOP’S DAUGHTER,” and “DIVINE RESTORATION.”
What are my hopes and dreams?
I want to promote world peace through my message songs. To encourage people to love one another by singing songs of hope, love, salvation, and eternal peace throughout the world.
All CDS are on CDBaby, too. Visit Lady Peachena & the LSG Choir’s website:
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