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Chicago house singer Kim English dies

Reiss Smith April 3, 2019
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Kim English

Kim English, who has sadly died (Kim English)

Kim English, the Chicago house singer best-known for her 1994 hit “Nite Life”, has died.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing tonight of Kim English,” her label, Nervous Records, announced on Facebook on Tuesday (April 2).

“Kim’s discography includes songs that are widely recognised 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.”

Kim had a unique ability to inspire people to dance

—Nervous Records

English began her career as a gospel singer in her native Chicago, before breaking onto the house scene in the 1990s.

She scored a string of UK chart hits with songs including “I Know a Place” and “Time for Love”, and was a popular fixture at Pride events across the US.

Twitter pays tribute to Kim English

On social media, fans and fellow musicians paid tribute to the late vocalist who was announced dead on Facebook.

Singer Barbara Tucker wrote: “Wow, I’m so sorry to hear this. May her soul rest in peace”

Defected Records owner Simon Dunmore said that English’s songs “never left my box through the 90s,” and sent his “thoughts and love” to those close to her.

Kim English
Kim English (Nervous Records/Facebook)

British DJ Wayne G called English “the ultimate professional” and “the ultimate diva.”

“I first heard her voice in 1994 as I started my DJ career,” he told Gay Star News.

“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.”

A cause of death has yet to be announced. Nervous Records said: “More details will be forthcoming tomorrow.”

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