Legendary house music vocalist Kim English has passed away according to a Facebook post by Nervous Records.
“Kim’s discography includes several songs that are widely recognized as all-time classics in the house music genre. She had a unique ability both through her singing and songwriting talents to inspire people to dance and also celebrate the joys of God and religion,” reads the Facebook post.
“She was a deeply religious and devoted member of the Family Christian Center in Munster, Indiana. While she had many opportunities to travel the globe as a singer, she remained a devoted family member and member of her church, and never allowed herself to be distracted from the path she felt was right for her.”
A cause of death has not been revealed, but Nervous Records said more details would be forthcoming.
If you were at a gay club in the early 2000s—or listened to the Queer as Folk soundtracks on repeat—then you are familiar with English’s classic tracks such as “Everyday” and “Unspeakable Joy.” Between 1999 and 2002 English had five singles that made it to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Dance charts.
British DJ Wayne G told Gay Star News that English was “the ultimate professional” and “the ultimate diva.”
“I first heard her voice in 1994 as I started my DJ career,” he recalled. “Then when I started touring the USA in 2000, I met her several times, and she performed alongside me. She was always the ultimate professional, a voice like no other and the lyrics connected to the dance floor on a spiritual level. She was a true diva.”