Legendary gospel singer LaShun Pace has died. She was 60 years old.
The founding member of The Anointed Pace Sisters was on dialysis for five years and had been awaiting a new kidney, her family said. According to her sister Lydia, she passed away due to organ failure.
The news of her death was confirmed across the singer’s official social media accounts late Monday afternoon.
In an interview with Atlanta TV station WATL, her only living daughter Aarion Rhodes discussed her mother’s passing. She told host Shiba Russell: “My mother was a genuine authentic woman of God. I heard someone say that authenticity requires transparency and vulnerability and integrity. And she embodied all of those things. She sang the word of God. She preached the word of God. But more importantly, she lived it. She loved it and she lived.”
During the span of her career, LaShun Pace released twelve studio albums. As part of The Anointed Pace Sisters, which included her sisters Duranice, Phyllis, June, Melonda, Dejuaii, Leslie, Latrice, and Lydia, the group released seven studio albums that included U-Know (1992), My Purpose (1995), Return (1996), and Access Granted (2009).
When Pace began her solo career, her success grew to a new level. Her 1991 solo debut, He Lives, peaked at No.2 in the Billboard Gospel charts. Her classic song “I Know I’ve Been Changed” is also part of the album. It led to additional releases such as the 1996, A Wealthy Place, including “Act Like You Know” which featured Karen Clark Sheard.
Pace also did some acting work. She co-starred in Steve Martin’s 1992 film, Leap Of Faith.
With her long-lasting career, she wrote her memoir, For My Good But For His Glory, and was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame in 2007.