Kym Sims

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Kym Sims
Born (1966-12-28) December 28, 1966 (age 52)[1]
Chicago[1]
GenresHouse, dance
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Years active1991–present

Kym Sims (born December 28, 1966) is an American singer whose biggest success came outside her home market. Sims began her career as an advertising jingle singer before breaking through into the dance music market. Following a battle with alcohol addiction, Sims returned to the Billboard Dance Charts reaching #6 with "Turn It Up" in 2017.

Career[edit]

Working with record producer Steve "Silk" Hurley, Sims' dance anthem "Too Blind to See It" spent 12 weeks on the UK Singles Chart in the United Kingdom in 1991–1992, peaking at number five. Her 1992 hit single "Take My Advice" was also a hit in the United Kingdom, peaking at number 13 on the UK Singles Chart. It was also a club hit. The same year she had a more modest hit with "A Little Bit More". Her album Too Blind to See It peaked at number 39 in the UK Albums Chart.[2] The album was produced by Hurley, with co-production credits shared with E-Smoove and 4 time Grammy Award winner Maurice Joshua.

In 1995, she released "I Must Be Free". In 1996, she released "We Gotta Love", which was her last single to be released on CD or vinyl. In 1998 she provided the lead vocals for "Keep On Groovin'" by One Vision under the alias Shimma. In 2000 she released another single, "Just Can't Get Enough".

In 2013, Sims worked with producer Maurice Joshua on an upcoming CD and planned tour dates. She released a single titled "Good Morning". On March 21, 2014, Sims, released "One of Those Nights". On May 13, 2014 she released "Won't Do That" with Unique2Rhythm. The next year Sims released singles including "When U Look," "Take My Advice (The 2015 Remixes) Part 1 and 2," "Move Your Feet," "Ain't Havin It," and "Pit of My Heart." In 2016 Sims released the tribute single "Deep in the City (The Remixes)". It featured remixes by Paul Goodyear, Leo Frappier/Phil B, Tweaka Turner, Louie Gomez, Melo Blanco, Paul Hawkins, Gifted Souls (Joe Smooth/Craig Loftis) and Deejay Paco DuBois. The following year, Sims regrouped with her G.M. Crew and recorded her follow up single "Turn It Up!." This was her second release on her own label, Diva Down Records, and became available April 4, 2017. Sims planned tour dates in the U.S. & U.K. to support the release of "Turn It Up" in 2017.

In 2019, the release of the "Dance Floor E.P" a limited edition 12" bright pink vinyl record with a matching sleeve. With mixes from Scott Featherstone, Dez Ford, Lee Pennington, Late Night Dub Addict and Hall North. With early support from: Nicky Trax, Victor Simonelli, Sy Sez, Russell Ruckman, Honey Dijon and Danny Howells.

Songwriting[edit]

Sims co-wrote one of CeCe Peniston's biggest hits, "Keep On Walkin'". In addition Sims wrote the R&B hit "Good Morning" performed by Tene Williams and produced by Maurice Joshua. Other songs written by Sims include "Crazy" performed by Jamie Loring. Sims wrote her own 2000 release "Just Can't Get Enough" under the Music Plant Label.

Sims has written new material which was slated for release in 2013 and 2014, including "Good Morning", "Move Your Feet", "One of Those Nights", and "Won't Do That".

Discography[edit]

Singles chart history[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions.
Title Year Peak chart positions
US US Dance[3] UK[2]
"Too Blind to See It" 1991 38 5 5
"Take My Advice" 1992 86 5 13
"A Little Bit More" 30
"I Must Be Free" 1995 6
"We Gotta Love" 1996 9 58
"One of Those Nights" 2014
"Deep in the City" 2016
"Turn It Up" 2017 6

Having entered the UK Top 40 at number 22, "Too Blind To See It" reached number 7 four weeks later. After moving from number 7, the song rose to its highest position of number 5, where it remained for two weeks. One more week in the top 10 followed, then two more in the lower Top 40, before the record left the chart.

"Too Blind to See It" was released on the Atco record label and was certified silver. It was included on an album of the same name, which peaked at number 39 in the UK album chart later in 1992. This was the only top-10 hit for Kym Sims.

"I Must Be Free" was also featured on Dance Mix USA Volume 3. While a few of her songs have been featured on various dance compilation albums, this particular collection was significant because it peaked at #71 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, which makes it the only album featuring a Sims solo recording to register on that chart.

Studio albums[edit]

Title Release
Too Blind to See It April 18, 1992

Remixes[edit]

In addition to Hurley, the other remixers who contributed mixes to the commercial single releases of "Too Blind To See It" and "Take My Advice" were E-Smoove, and Maurice Joshua. The commercial single for "A Little Bit More" featured remixes by Hurley and Joey Negro. "I Must Be Free" was remixed by DJ Pierre and Love to Infinity. "We Gotta Love" was released with remixes by David Morales, as well as Band of Gypsies.

In 2013, "Good Morning" was remixed by Soulfunktion, Paul Hawkins and Italy's Christopher Ross. The remixes include: "Good Morning" (Soulfunktion Deep Vocal Mix), "Good Morning" (Paul Hawkins Fluid Mix) and "Good Morning" (Christopher Ross Remix). During that year Sims' remix singles were released including: "One of Those Nights" (Deep Elementz Mix), "Move Your Feet" (Djpats Original Mix), "I Ain't Havin It" (Rob Flawless Mix)and "I'm A Freak" (Djpats Rework 2013 Mix).

On March 21, 2014 LadyMarySound International officially released "One of Those Nights". During April 2014, Sims collaborated with Unique2rhythm to release her follow-up single; "Won't Do That".

In 2016, Kym Sims released 'Deep In The City' (The Remixes) on Diva Down Publishing, featuring remixes by Paul Goodyear, Leo Frappier/Phil B, Tweaka Turner, Louie Gomez, Melo Blanco, Paul Hawkins, Gifted Souls (Joe SMooth/Craig Loftis) and Deejay Paco DuBois.

Cover versions[edit]

  • "Too Blind to See It" by Sleazesisters* featuring Patsy Griffith (2003)
  • "Too Blind to See It" by Limelight (2009)
  • "Too Blind to See It" by Beatmap featuring Jenny Jones (2010)
  • "Too Blind to See It" by Roger M (2011)

Appearances[edit]

  • Club MTV: (1992) Sims performed "Too Blind To See It".
  • Early Edition: Season 3, Episode 16 "Number One with a Bullet" (1999) - Sims made a brief appearance as a hotel concierge.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2010). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits. Billboard Books. p. 595. ISBN 9780823085545.
  2. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 501. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  3. ^ "Kym Sims - Chart history - Billboard". www.billboard.com.