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. Her music combines R&B, soul, funk, house music, disco, and pop. She is credited as "The First Lady of House Music".[1]

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.[2]

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.[2]

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ IMO Records. Kym Mazelle biography, IMO Records. Retrieved 1 March 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Biography by Ron Wynn". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 23 February 2009. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 357. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ Allmusic.com – Charts & Awards

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