Kym Sims

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Kym Sims
Born (1966-08-23) 23 August 1966 (age 50)
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter

Kym Sims (born 23 August 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.

Career[edit]

Working with four time Grammy Award-nominated record producer Steve "Silk" Hurley, Sims' dance anthem "Too Blind to See It" spent 12 weeks on the UK Singles Chart over the festive period of 1991/1992. Another song that Sims is well known for is her 1992 hit single "Take My Advice" which reached number 13 in the UK. It was also a club hit. The same year she had a more modest hit with, "A Little Bit More". An album was released entitled Too Blind to See It. This peaked at number 39 in the UK Albums Chart.[1] 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 another single "We Gotta Love", which was the last single of hers to be released physically 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 through MP3.com called "Just Can't Get Enough".

2013 found Sims working with Grammy Producer Maurice Joshua on new material for an upcoming CD as well as planning tour dates. Her first single titled "Good Morning" is available at www.cdbaby.com and her official site at www.kymsims.com

On March 21, 2014, Sims, released "One of Those Nights". On March 29, 2014, "One of Those Nights" made #37 on the DEEJAYWORX Charts which is compiled every week by their exclusive professional DJs. Sims continues to record new tracks and on May 13, 2014 she released "Won't Do That" with Unique2Rhythm.

In 2015, Kym Sims continued to release a string of 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 Kym released the tribute single 'Deep In The City' (The Remixes) on DIVADOWNPUBLISHING/RECORDS. 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. 'Deep In The City' is a tribute to Chicago, House Music and the 'legends' that paved the way for that genre. It spent 16 weeks at #1 on the zipDJ USA Dance charts (House and Club).

In 2017, Kym Sims regrouped with her G.M. Crew and returned to the studio to record her follow up single, 'Turn It Up!'. This will be her second release on her own label, DIVADOWNRECORDS and will be available April 4, 2017 on Amazon. Kym is planning tour dates in the U.S. & U.K. to support the release of 'Turn It Up' in 2017.

Songwriting[edit]

Sims co-wrote one of CeCe Peniston's biggest hits, "Keep On Walkin'" (No.1 in US Dance, No.15 on the Billboard Hot 100), produced by Hurley. In addition Sims wrote the R&B hit "Good Morning" performed by Tene Williams (recording artist Howard Hewitt's niece) and produced by Maurice Joshua. Other songs written by Sims include "Crazy" performed by Jamie Loring. Kym wrote her own 2000 release titled "Just Can't Get Enough" under the Music Plant Label.

Sims has written new material which was slated for release in 2013 and 2014. This included: "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
U.S. U.S. dance UK[1]
"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 - - -

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 that 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.

As listed on officialcharts.com

Albums[edit]

18/04/1992 - Too Blind to See It - peak position #39, 2 Weeks on Chart[2]

As listed on britishchartsingles.blogspot.com

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 2013, further 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 DIVADOWNPUBLISHING/RECORDS 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.

Sampling[edit]

German DJ/artist Marusha used samples from "Take My Advice" in her track "Go Ahead".

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 Too 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 Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 501. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/artist/27286/kym-sims/