Freda Charcilia Payne (born September 19, 1942) is an American singer and actress. Payne is best known for her career in music during the mid–1960s through the mid–1980s. Her most notable record is her 1970 hit single, “Band of Gold”. Payne was also an actress in musicals and film, as well as the host of a TV talk show. Payne is the older sister of Scherrie Payne, a former singer with the American vocal group The Supremes.
Payne was married to American singer Gregory Abbott from 1976 until 1979. Payne and Abbott had a son, Gregory Abbott, Jr., who was born on September 19, 1977, Payne’s 35th birthday. Payne later had a relationship with American musician Edmund Sylvers (lead singer of The Sylvers) from 1979 until January 1983. Sylvers wrote and produced her 1982 single ‘In Motion’. In 1974, she made the cover of Jet magazine after she was made a Dame of Malta by the Knights of Malta. In 2017, Payne was inducted into the 2017 class of the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame, in her hometown of Detroit.