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LaShun Pace, Gospel Great: Inspiration for Viral 'Act Like You Know' Challenge, Dead at 60

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Gospel great, LaShun Pace passed away Monday morning from organ failure.

The Atlanta native, who along with her eight sisters comprised the Grammy-nominated gospel group The Anointed Pace Sisters, was 60-years old.

Larry Reid, the host of the Atlanta-based "Larry Reid Live" show, was the first to break the news.

“We have lost one of the baddest sopranos to ever walk this earth,” he tweeted Monday. “LaShun Pace one of the lead singers of The Pace Sisters has passed. The Pace Sisters recently lost their sister songbird Duranice Pace and Mom Pastor Betty Pace. Pray for them and all of us who will mourn this loss.”
Her sister, Lydia Pace, confirmed the news of her passing to 11Alive, sharing with reporter Shiba Russell that Pace, who had been on dialysis for five years and was awaiting a kidney, died of organ failure.
Born in Atlanta's Poole Creek community in1961, the singer-songwriter first rose to prominence in the mid-1970s as a solo artist, and later alongside her sisters, singing at her father's church and at local talent shows. In 1988, the group began its professional singing career after signing with their first label Savoy Records, which also signed Pace as a solo artist.

The Anointed Pace Sisters released seven albums between 1988 and 2009. Of those, four charted on the Billboard Gospel Albums chart. Pace, released her first solo album "He Lives" in 1990. The lead single, "I Know I've Been Changed," reached No. 2 on the Billboard gospel charts and became her signature song.

Several other albums followed including "Shekinah Glory," "Wealthy Place," "Just Because God Said It," "God Is Faithful," "It’s My Time," "Complete" and "Reborn."

In recent years, Pace's career experienced a bit of a renaissance thanks to her 1996 hit "Act Like You Know" being used as part of an eponymously named TikTok challenge.

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