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.
Years active1994–2019
Labels Nervous
Website Kim English on Myspace

Kim English (September 6, 1970 April 2, 2019) was an American electronica, soul, gospel, and house music singer.

Electronica encompasses a broad group of electronic-based styles such as techno, house, ambient, jungle and other electronic music styles intended not just for dancing.

Soul music is a popular music genre that originated in the African American community in the United States in the 1950s and early 1960s. It combines elements of African-American gospel music, rhythm and blues and jazz. Soul music became popular for dancing and listening in the United States, where record labels such as Motown, Atlantic and Stax were influential during the Civil Rights Movement. Soul also became popular around the world, directly influencing rock music and the music of Africa.

Gospel music is a genre of Christian music. The creation, performance, significance, and even the definition of gospel music varies according to culture and social context. Gospel music is composed and performed for many purposes, including aesthetic pleasure, religious or ceremonial purposes, and as an entertainment product for the marketplace. Gospel music usually has dominant vocals with Christian lyrics. Gospel music can be traced to the early 17th century, with roots in the black oral tradition. Hymns and sacred songs were often repeated in a call and response fashion. Most of the churches relied on hand clapping and foot stomping as rhythmic accompaniment. Most of the singing was done a cappella. The first published use of the term "gospel song" probably appeared in 1874. The original gospel songs were written and composed by authors such as George F. Root, Philip Bliss, Charles H. Gabriel, William Howard Doane, and Fanny Crosby. Gospel music publishing houses emerged. The advent of radio in the 1920s greatly increased the audience for gospel music. Following World War II, gospel music moved into major auditoriums, and gospel music concerts became quite elaborate.


Early life

On September 6, 1970, English was born in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. English's parents were Ronald English and Annie Joyce English. English has several brothers, Eric, Richard, and Ronald Carl. [1] [2]

Chicago City in Illinois, United States

Chicago, officially the City of Chicago, is the most populous city in Illinois, as well as the third most populous city in the United States. With an estimated population of 2,716,450 (2017), it is the most populous city in the Midwest. Chicago is the principal city of the Chicago metropolitan area, often referred to as Chicagoland, and the county seat of Cook County, the second most populous county in the United States. The metropolitan area, at nearly 10 million people, is the third-largest in the United States, and the fourth largest in North America and the third largest metropolitan area in the world by land area.

Music career

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".

UK Singles Chart British singles sales chart

The UK Singles Chart is compiled by the Official Charts Company (OCC), on behalf of the British record industry, listing the top-selling singles in the United Kingdom, based upon physical sales, paid-for downloads and streaming. The Official Chart, broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and MTV, is the UK music industry's recognised official measure of singles and albums popularity because it is the most comprehensive research panel of its kind, today surveying over 15,000 retailers and digital services daily, capturing 99.9% of all singles consumed in Britain across the week, and over 98% of albums. To be eligible for the chart, a single is currently defined by the Official Charts Company (OCC) as either a 'single bundle' having no more than four tracks and not lasting longer than 25 minutes or one digital audio track not longer than 15 minutes with a minimum sale price of 40 pence. The rules have changed many times as technology has developed, the most notable being the inclusion of digital downloads in 2005 and streaming in July 2014.

Ten City musical group

Ten City was a Chicago, Illinois-based R&B and house music act that enjoyed a number of club hits and Urban radio hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s and was one of the first exponents of deep house. Formerly known as Ragtyme, the group comprised vocalist Byron Stingily, guitarist Herb Lawson and keyboardist Byron Burke and were augmented by producer Marshall Jefferson. The group was signed by Atlantic Records and released the album Foundation in 1989, which became the group's only album to cross over, peaking at No. 49 on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

Higher Things is the debut studio album of American singer-songwriter Kim English. The album includes the major Hot Dance Club Play chart hit singles, "Nite Life", "Learn 2 Luv", "Supernatural", "Unspeakable Joy", "Tomorrow" and "Missing You".

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".

My Destiny is the third and final album by singer-songwriter, Kim English. Includes the #1 Hot Dance Club Play hits, "Everyday", "Treat Me Right", "It Makes A Difference", "C'est La Vie" and the title track.

Personal life

English has one son, Christopher. For the last five years, English had been on dialysis and awaiting for a kidney transplant. [1]

On April 2, 2019, English died at the age of 48 in Chicago, Illinois. [1] [4] English was diagnosed with kidney failure. [5] [1]




YearSong US Pop US Club/Dance US Dance Airplay US Dance Singles Sales UK Singles Chart [6]
1995"I Know a Place"-32--52
1995"Time for Love"----48
1997"Learn 2 Luv"-4---
1999"Unspeakable Joy"-1-19-
2000"Higher Things"-2-18-
2000"Missing You"-1-16-
2001"Bumpin' & Jumpin'"-1-32-
2002"Treat Me Right"-1-12-
2006"It Makes A Difference"-11012-
2006"C'est La Vie"-110--
2007"My Destiny"-120--
2009"Nothing's Impossible"-----

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