Kym Mazelle

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Kym Mazelle
Kym Mazelle.jpg
Kym Mazelle performing at StreetRave in Glasgow, 2014
Born Kymberly Grigsby
(1960-08-10) August 10, 1960 (age 55)
Gary, Indiana, U.S.
Residence London, United Kingdom
Occupation
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
  • educator
Years active 1986–present
Musical career
Genres
Instruments Vocals
Labels
Associated acts
Website www.officialkymmazelle.com

Kym Mazelle (born Kymberly Grigsby; August 10, 1960) is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and educator, and has been a major figure in popular music for over three decades. She is renowned as an innovator and is widely known for her eclectic work, stage presence, and raspy vocal range. She is widely regarded as the pioneer of house music. Her music combines R&B, soul, funk, house music, disco, and pop.[1] She is credited as "The First Lady of House Music".[2]

Early life[edit]

Mazelle was raised in Gary, Indiana. She lived on the same street as the Jackson family and knew Michael Jackson's mother and uncle.[3]

Career[edit]

Mazelle's career started in Chicago as a Student at Columbia College Chicago, studying Arts and Entertainment Media Management. She later worked with record producer Marshall Jefferson on 1987's "Taste My Love" on the Police Records label.[3]

In 1988 she released the single "Useless (I Don't Need You Now)", a hit on the club charts which stalled at #53 on the UK singles chart. Her next release, "Wait," a duet with Robert Howard from The Blow Monkeys in 1989, peaked at #7 in the UK.

Mazelle's debut album Crazy was released in the UK with the single "Love Strain". "Was That All It Was" returned Mazelle to the UK Top 40 and "Useless (I Don't Need You now)" was remixed by Norman Cook.

The single "Missing You" by Soul II Soul achieved major success worldwide. This led to Parlophone repackaging Mazelle's debut album as Brilliant with remixes of her singles, two new tracks and a remix of "No One Can Love You More Than Me".

Mazelle recorded a cover version of the song "Young Hearts Run Free" which appeared in the 1996 Baz Luhrmann film William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet and also appeared on the director's remix album Something for Everybody.

She has appeared on two live albums by Maceo Parker, Life on Planet Groove and My First Name is Maceo.

In 2005, Mazelle took part in the British version of the reality TV show, Celebrity Fit Club.

Also in 2005, she released The Pleasure is All Mine and a single "Love Magic" and undertook a tour in the UK.

In July 2010, she appeared on the BBC Television series, Celebrity MasterChef.

She Headlined Liverpool Pride on August 6, 2011.

November 3, 2011: She headlined Prince Charles's Prince's Trust Ambassador Ball In Glasgow and helped to raise £93,000.00 for the Charity on the night.

On April 6, 2013, her appearance on The Voice UK was broadcast on the BBC.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Crazy (1989)
  • Brilliant! (1989)
  • The Pleasure is All Mine (2005) – with Intrallazzi/Provera
  • Destiny (2010)

Compilations[edit]

  • Brilliant!! (1991) – European remix compilation, with 3 new tracks
  • The Gold Collection (1996)

Singles[edit]

Solo singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Dance
[4]
AUS
[5]
NZ
[6]
NED
[7]
BEL
(FLA)

[8]
FRA
[9]
GER
[10]
UK
[11]
1988 "Useless (I Don't Need You Now)" 13 53 Crazy (UK/EUR)
Brilliant! (US/CAN)
1989 "Wait!" (duet with Robert Howard) 32 20 26 7
"Got To Get You Back" 57 29
"Love Strain" 52
1990 "Was That All It Was" 33
"Don't Scandalize My Name" (US/CAN only) 22
"Useless (I Don't Need You Now) (Norman Cook Remix)" 48 Brilliant!
(European remix compilation)
1991 "No One Can Love You More Than Me (Boilerhouse Remix)" 62
"Woman Of The World" (UK only) Trainer Soundtrack
1994 "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" (duet with Jocelyn Brown) 48 46 13 singles only
"Gimme All Your Lovin'" (duet with Jocelyn Brown) 22
1997 "Young Hearts Run Free" 11 16 29 88 20 Romeo + Juliet Soundtrack
"Have A Nice Day" (ITA only) singles only
1998 "A Place In My Heart"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

As featured artist[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
UK
[11]
NED
[12]
SWE
[13]
1987 "Taste My Love" (House To House feat. Kym Mazelle) single only
1990 "Missing You" (Soul II Soul) 22 74 Vol. II: 1990 – A New Decade
1992 "Love Me The Right Way" (Rapination & Kym Mazelle) 22 28 singles only
1995 "Love Me Or Leave Me" (Kamasutra pres. Kym Mazelle)
1996 "Searching For the Golden Eye" (Motiv-8 & Kym Mazelle) 71
"Love Me The Right Way '96" (Rapination & Kym Mazelle) 55
1997 "Free, Gay & Happy" (Paradise People feat. Kym Mazelle)
2000 "Truly" (Peshay feat. Kym Mazelle) 55 Miles From Home
2001 "Perhaps" (Sunray feat. Kym Mazelle) singles only
"Dance Little Dreamer" (Infinito feat. Kym Mazelle)
2015 "Lovin'" (David Morales pres. The Face feat. Kym Mazelle)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Running free with Kym Mazelle. Voice Online. Retrieved on February 14, 2016
  2. ^ IMO Records. Kym Mazelle biography, IMO Records. Retrieved 1 March 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Biography by Ron Wynn". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 23 February 2009. 
  4. ^ "Kym Mazelle - US Dance Club Songs". billboard.com. Retrieved 17 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "Kym Mazelle - Australian Chart". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 17 February 2016. 
  6. ^ "Kym Mazelle - New Zealand Chart". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 17 February 2016. 
  7. ^ "Kym Mazelle - Dutch Chart". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 17 February 2016. 
  8. ^ "Kym Mazelle - Flemish Chart". ultratop.be. Retrieved 17 February 2016. 
  9. ^ "Kym Mazelle - French Chart". lescharts.com. Retrieved 17 February 2016. 
  10. ^ "Kym Mazelle - German Chart". germancharts.de. Retrieved 17 February 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "Kym Mazelle - UK Chart". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 February 2016. 
  12. ^ "Featuring Kym Mazelle - Dutch Chart". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 17 February 2016. 
  13. ^ "Featuring Kym Mazelle - Swedish Chart". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 17 February 2016. 

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