House singer Kim English has died. The news was announced in a Facebook posting by Nervous Records late last night.
‘It is with great sadness that we announce the passing tonight of Kim English.
‘Kim’s discography includes several songs that are widely recognized as all-time classics in the house music genre.’
Chart success in the mid-90s
Chicago-raised English first achieved chart success in 1994 with the track Nitelife. She achieved a string of top 40 hits in the UK charts with I Know A Place, Time for Love and Supernatural.
She had number one songs on the US Club/Dance chart with Unspeakable Joy, Missing You, Everyday, Treat Me Right, and It Makes A Difference, among others. Her last Club/Dance chart topper was 2007’s My Destiny.
English was well known to LGBTI audiences and was a regular performer at Pride events in the US.
A dance mix of her track Everyday featured on the popular US drama Queer As Folk.
Among those to pay tribute is fellow singer Barbara Tucker. She posted to Twitter: ‘I’m so sorry to hear this. My God please send the angels to comfort her family and may her souls REST IN PEACE.’
Maurice Joshua was another musician to express shock at English’s passing.
‘She was my sister in music! We just talked a couple of days ago! We always argued in the studio but in the end always came up with something great!
‘Your voice could transcend like no other I’m so honored to have work with you for many years… my heart is so heavy now.’
British DJ Wayne G told Gay Star News of his sadness at the news.
‘I first heard her voice in 1994 as I started my DJ career. Then when I started touring the USA in 2000, I met her several times, and she performed alongside me. She was always the ultimate professional, a voice like no other and the lyrics connected to the dance floor on a spiritual level. She was a true diva.’
Sad news to hear of the passing of Kim English. She was huge singing talent who made a big mark on house music in the early-mid 1990s with a string of searing vocals, notably on the iconic Nervous Records. RIP. 😢 https://t.co/Ek0XMe2gJu
— TRIBAL Records (@tribalrecords) April 3, 2019
Kim English: Gospel and faith
The announcement from Nervous did not reveal any cause of death, but said, ‘More details will be forthcoming tomorrow.’
Alongside her house tracks, English sung gospel, and the Nervous announcement also highlighted this side of her life.
‘She had a unique ability both through her singing and songwriting talents to inspire people to dance and also celebrate the joys of God and religion. She was a deeply religious and devoted member of the Family Christian Center in Munster, Indiana.
‘While she had many opportunities to travel the globe as a singer, she remained a devoted family member and member of her church, and never allowed herself to be distracted from the path she felt was right for her.’
We are so sad to learn that #LGBTQ Icon Kim English, who delighted our community with hits like "Unspeakable Joy" and "Everyday" passed away today. #RIPKimEnglish thank you for the love and the music, you will stay in our hearts and you music lives on our our dance floors. 💔
— ILoveGay Music 🎵 (@ILoveGayMusic) April 3, 2019