Kim English – Mixed by Graeme Park

Chicago house vocalist Kim Singer passed away last week, aged 48.

Born in Illinois, Chicago, in 1970, English attended Kenwood Academy high school, during which she trained under vocal teacher Lena McLin. It was, however, an encounter with Byron Stingily of Ten City that led to English becoming a club staple. Initially the backing vocalist of Ten City, the Illinois-based act gave English the lead on the 1994 breakthrough hit Nite Life – which was remixed by Masters At Work and later by Armand Van Helden.

After her deal with Ten City came to an end, English struck out on her own, releasing club hits such as 1998’s Learn 2 Luv and topping the charts with singles such as Everyday, Unspeakable Joy and My Destiny. Through her work, English channelled “the joys of God and religion”. As fans and collaborators paid their respects to English online after her passing, what became clear is that for many, English was an icon whose soaring gospel vocals soundtracked those unforgettable moments in the club.

Pioneering house selector Graeme Park pays tribute to the late singer and songwriter with a specialist mix.