Kim English

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Kim English
Born(1970-09-06)September 6, 1970[1]
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died (aged 48)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)Singer
Years active1994–2019
LabelsNervous
WebsiteKim English on Myspace

Kim English (September 6, 1970 – April 2, 2019) was an American electronica, soul, gospel, and house music singer, born in Chicago, Illinois, United States.[2]

Music career[edit]

Throughout her career, English experienced success on the US Hot Dance Music/Club Play, Hot Dance Singles Sales, Hot Dance Airplay charts and the UK Singles Chart, beginning in the mid-1990s and continuing into the 21st century. Although her first chart entry on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play came in 1995 and was only a moderate hit ("I Know a Place", No. 32), her debut single was actually "Nitelife" in 1994, produced and written by Ten City. Between 1999 and 2002 she scored six hits in a row that hit the top two, five of those went to number one: "Unspeakable Joy", "Missing You", "Bumpin' and Jumpin'", "Everyday" and "Treat Me Right". All of these hit singles (excluding "I Know a Place") are featured on her debut album Higher Things, released in late 1998 on the New York City based record label, Nervous Records NYC. "Unspeakable Joy" and "Everyday" went on to become her most successful radio hits. The album also featured a cover version of Anita Baker's song "Been So Long".

English began as a gospel singer and many of her most popular songs contain references to God, faith and belief in oneself.[3]

By 2007, English had earned her sixth, seventh and eighth US dance number-ones with "It Makes a Difference", "C'est La Vie" and "My Destiny". All three hits are from her second album, titled My Destiny, which was released in late September 2006. All of her hits were released on Nervous Records. September 2009 saw the release of the single "Nothing's Impossible".

On April 2, 2019, English died at the age of 48 in Chicago.[1][4] According to her manager Vickie Markusic, she was diagnosed with kidney failure for five years, had been on dialysis, and awaiting a transplant; her minister noted that “She would probably be with us if she got a new kidney. She never came up on the list,” but later pointed out that when it came to her empathy about her condition, “She ministered out of that.” She is survived by her son Christopher, her parents Annie Joyce English and Ronald English, and her brothers Eric, Richard and Ronald Carl.[5][1]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Song US Pop US Club/Dance US Dance Airplay US Dance Singles Sales UK Singles Chart[6]
1994 "Nitelife" - - - - 35
1995 "I Know a Place" - 32 - - 52
1995 "Time for Love" - - - - 48
1996 "Supernatural" - 5 - - 50
1997 "Learn 2 Luv" - 4 - - -
1998 "Tomorrow" - 35 - - -
1999 "Unspeakable Joy" - 1 - 19 -
2000 "Higher Things" - 2 - 18 -
2000 "Missing You" - 1 - 16 -
2001 "Bumpin' & Jumpin'" - 1 - 32 -
2002 "Everyday" - 1 - 10 -
2002 "Treat Me Right" - 1 - 12 -
2006 "It Makes A Difference" - 1 10 12 -
2006 "C'est La Vie" - 1 10 - -
2007 "My Destiny" - 1 20 - -
2009 "Nothing's Impossible" - - - - -

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Weingarten, Christopher R. (April 5, 2019). "Kim English, Who Blended Gospel With Dance Music, Dies at 48". nytimes.com. Archived from the original on 2019-04-06. Retrieved April 6, 2019.
  2. ^ Phares, Heather. "Biography: Kim English". Allmusic. Retrieved September 9, 2010.
  3. ^ "Kim English, Iconic House Music Songstress, Has Died" from The Grio (April 3, 2019)
  4. ^ Terry Matthew, "Legendary House Vocalist Kim English Has Died", 5 Magazine, April 2, 2019
  5. ^ "Kim English, Chicago singer whose dance hits fueled house music scene, has died" from Chicago Sun-Times (April 3, 2019)
  6. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 184. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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