Hudsons musical roots are in the Pentecostal church (Church of God in Christ denomination) and she began singing and playing musical instruments, piano and guitar at a very early age.
Lavines voice matured into a soprano and carried an emotional edge which was far in advance of her age. Very modest and humble even to this day, she reflects that; 'I couldn't understand why the church congregation would react so crazy with excitement while I sang'.
Her first real professional spell in the music business began in 1978 when she became lead singer for an up and coming contemporary British gospel group called the Harmonisers at the tender age of 16 after being spotted by their leader, keyboardist, Doug Wallace.The Harmonisers soon signed with the Pilgrim record label which lead to an historical appearence at the Greenbelt Christan music festival in 1979 in front of over 10,000 fans, the first British Black gospel group to achieve this.
Throughout the 80's Lavine rubbed shoulders and worked with famous US gospel artists such as the Andrae Crouch, Marvin Winans, Derek Barkley and the Clark Sisters (You bring the sunshine).
In the late 80's she signed with Richard Bransons Virgin records and made the albums Intervention in 1988 and Between 2 Worlds in 1991, also writing and releasing a string of singles.A number of live gigs including a trip to the Montreux jazz festival in 1988 and a BBC TV documentary 'The Friday Report' followed and were to form part of a rapidly blossoming music career.The albums did not achieve the million selling success for which the record executives had hoped for.