The Chicago-born vocalist, famous for hits like "Nite Life" and "Learn 2 Luv," passed away last night.
The news was confirmed earlier this morning by the official Facebook page of Nervous Records, the New York label that worked consistently with English from her first release, in 1994, right through to 2016.
"It is with great sadness that we announce the passing tonight of Kim English," reads the statement. "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. 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."
English, who began her career as a gospel singer, collaborated with some of the biggest house artists of the '90s, including Mood II Swing, Masters At Work and François K. Among her biggest hits was "Nite Life," originally produced by Byron Burke and Byron Stingily of Ten City and later remixed by Armand Van Helden. She also released two albums, both on Nervous Records: 1998's Higher Things and My Destiny in 2006.
Listen to "Learn 2 Luv," produced by Mood II Swing, and Van Helden's remix of "Nite Life."
Wow and wow i’m so sorry to hear this.— Barbara Tucker (@imbarbaratucker) April 3, 2019
My God please send the angels to comfort her family and may her souls REST IN PEACE. amen
HOUSE DIVA ..... KIM ENGLISH “NERVOUS RECORDS QUEEN! https://t.co/ue1dlwLjn7
Sadden to hear of the passing of singer Kim English— CeCe Rogers (@cecerogers) April 3, 2019
What a beautiful voice gone too soon
RIH Kim..Condolences to the family.https://t.co/o84U4ErwnZ
Farewell, Kim English https://t.co/eBxApsltts— Finn Johannsen (@FinnJohannsen) April 3, 2019
Just heard the sad news that Kim English has passed away. Her releases never left my box through the 90’s. Nite Life, Learn 2 Love and Supernatural, amongst others, are House classics. My thoughts & love to all @NERVOUSRECORDS & NY House fam. https://t.co/PZuELzIdYJ— Simon Dunmore (@SimonDunmore) April 3, 2019
Kim English was incredible. I have been absolutely in awe of her voice since she started to release music in the 90s. It was a dream to be able to work with her in any context one day, and I felt honoured that we made it happen last year. You are irreplaceable. Rest In Peace.— Paul Woolford (@PaulWoolford) April 3, 2019