The Pace Sisters: “Iyanla Was Our Life-Line”
“Iyanla: Fix My Life”: the one hour, in your face reality- documentary television show on the Oprah Winfrey Network, has had viewers on the edge of their seats since its debut last year. From helping celebrities, to every day people, life coach Iyanla Vanzant sets out to help individuals come to terms with things from their past and move forward. Iyanla’s in your face approach, and ability to make even the hardest open up about their issues, has set her apart and marveled viewers. On the season finale of her second season, Iyanla is summoned to help fix the Life of a family on the front line in Gospel music: “The Pace Sisters”.
Since they were little girls singing in their fathers’ church, The Pace Sisters have been ministering to audiences worldwide. The Pace family consisting of 9 real life sisters, 7 of which are in the group (LaTrice, DeJuaii, Duranice, June, Leslie, Lydia, and Melonda), have released 4 albums, and become one of the premiere families in Gospel music. The group as a whole and each sister individually have had extensive careers in ministry, music, theater, and film.
Growing up under the microscope of the church, the sisters at times felt as if they never had an outlet to deal with their personal issues, one of which was their weight. In an episode being titled: “Iyanla: Fix My Overweight Family”, the sisters sit down with Iyanla to discuss whats being labeled as a “generational curse”. A curse that has affected each sister, and even contributed to the death of their only brother Bishop Murphy Pace, at the age of 54.
In this exclusive interivew, I sit down with LaTrice, DeJuaii, Duranice, June, Leslie, Lydia, and Melonda (The Pace Sisters) just a few days before their episode of “Fix My Life” was set to air to discuss what exactly their fans can expect from their life changing session.
GOSPELflava: How did the idea come about to do : “Iyanla: Fix My Life”?
LaTrice: I met Vivian Chew (wife to legendary musical director) Ray Chew a few years ago working on BET Sunday Best , and at that time my brother was alive. We were trying to create something to assist my family with this issue. We wanted something that would motivate my family to get healthier, because we kept running into brick walls. We revisited the idea about a year ago and by that time, Iyanla’s show was new and doing exceptionally well. Vivian then brought it to my attention that her and Iyanla were good friends and that we should consider addressing the idea on the show. Vivian serves as one of the producers for Iyanla’s show.
GOSPELflava: This particular episode is being titled: “Iyanla: Fix My Overweight Family”, and in the gospel Music Industry weight and health have been major issues for many years. What clicked on the inside that allowed you to be open about your problem?