From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Freda Charcilia Payne (born September 19, 1942) is an American singer and actress best known for her million selling 1970 hit single, "Band of Gold". She was also an actress in musicals and film, as well as the host of a TV talk show. Freda is the older sister of former Supreme Scherrie Payne. Description above from the Wikipedia article Freda Payne, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.