Kim English, the iconic Chicago-born vocalist who performed on multiple house classics, has died.
In a statement released last night through Nervous Records' Facebook page it was confirmed that the singer had passed away. English had been a close affiliate of the label since debuting in 1994 with her legendary track ‘Nite Life’. She went on to work with the New York label consistently right up to the release of her ‘Nothing’s Impossible’ record in 2009.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing tonight of Kim English,” reads the statement from Nervous. “Kim’s discography includes several songs that are widely recognized as all-time classics in the house music genre. 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. More details will be forthcoming tomorrow.”
English began her career as a gospel singer before going on to work with some of the most prolific producers in ‘90s house music including Byron Burke and Byron Stingily of Ten City (‘Nite Life’), Mood II Swing (‘Learn 2 Luv’), Francios K, Masters at Work and more.
Five of English’s tracks reached #1 on the Billboard Dance charts between 1999 and 2002, including ‘Unspeakable Joy’, ‘Missing You’ and ‘It Makes a Difference’.
Since news broke of her passing, tributes have been pouring across social media from throughout the dance music world. Figures such as Simon Dunmore, Ce Ce Rogers, Paul Woolford, Danny Rampling and Friend Within and more have taken to Twitter to pay their respects to a truly iconic performer.
Kim English was incredible. I have been absolutely in awe of her voice since she started to release music in the 90s. It was a dream to be able to work with her in any context one day, and I felt honoured that we made it happen last year. You are irreplaceable. Rest In Peace.
— Paul Woolford (@PaulWoolford) April 3, 2019
Just heard the sad news that Kim English has passed away. Her releases never left my box through the 90’s. Nite Life, Learn 2 Love and Supernatural, amongst others, are House classics. My thoughts & love to all @NERVOUSRECORDS & NY House fam. https://t.co/PZuELzIdYJ
— Simon Dunmore (@SimonDunmore) April 3, 2019
Another sad loss of a star of our scene gone too soon RIP Kim English thank you for the great music. Deepest condolences to family friends and all the music family Mike and and the team at Nervous Records #NYC. https://t.co/obddNnhXyC
— Danny Rampling DJ (@dannyrampling) April 3, 2019
Thank you Kim English for your invaluable contribution to house music. RIP ❤️
— Friend Within (@FriendWithin) April 3, 2019
Sadden to hear of the passing of singer Kim English
What a beautiful voice gone too soon
RIH Kim..Condolences to the family.https://t.co/o84U4ErwnZ
— CeCe Rogers (@cecerogers) April 3, 2019