Family and friends have passed along word that legendary House Music vocalist Kim English has passed away.
The Chicago native launched her career in dance music with 1994’s “Nite Life” with Byron Burke and Byron Stingily of Ten City.
The news was originally reported by Nervous Records, who stated that English had passed away this evening. “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.”
Nervous states that “more details will be forthcoming tomorrow.”
English is perhaps best known for “Unspeakable Joy” – one of five Kim English singles that made it to #1 on the Billboard Dance charts between 1999 and 2002. It appeared on her 1998 debut studio album Higher Things, released by Nervous Records and featuring mixes from François K (“Learn 2 Luv”), Mousse T (“Supernatural”), Frankie Feliciano (“Time For Love”) and “Nite Life” remixed by Masters At Work.
Maurice Joshua who worked frequently with English, including her 2007 album My Destiny, paid tribute to his “sister in music. Your voice could transcend like no other ! I’m so honored to have work with you for many years… my heart is heavy now …”