In 1986, his dancefloor classic (You Are My) All And All entered the Top 20 in Britain and the track also reached number six on the dance charts. It has become a go-to track for DJs to get people out of their seats.
In 1987, she made her debut at London’s Hammersmith Odeon and within bars of the hit song, the audience was already dancing in the aisles.
Born in Rochester, upstate New York, her father worked in a Kodak factory and her mother was a chef. As a child, she couldn’t help but sing soulful songs, mostly Stevie Wonder classics, and was in awe of Chaka Khan.
While doing office work, she made some demonstration tapes. Sleeping Bag Records offered her a recording contract in 1986 and she had two hit albums.
Sims wrote her own songs and particularly enjoyed singing Come Into My Life. The album of the same name reached number five in the UK charts.
Randy Crawford and Angie Stone sang some of his songs and were both big fans of Sims’ work.
Under her own label, August Rose, she released her fourth album, Love Song, in 2014 to critical acclaim. She also worked with two British producers, Livingston Brown and Soul Garden, on this album.
A gifted pianist, she played many other instruments and spent much of her free time studying music.
His success was partly due to his ability to merge R&B with electronica to create memorable songs.
She is survived by her husband, Errol Sandiford, and their children.
- Joyce Sims born August 6, 1959 – died October 15, 2022, aged 63