Information reaching our news desk has it that Popular American blues and soul singer, Kim Massie has passed away. Kim who performed mostly in her native St. Louis, Missouri was reported to have died today October 12 2020. Her cause of death is not yet known to the public.
She was one of the most recognizable vocalists in the Midwest. Her ability to sing not only blues and gospel but rock, pop, country and R&B have earned her two Best Female Vocalist of the Year Awards and a starring role in a Black Repertory Theater production of “Ain’t Nothin But The Blues.”
Kim Massie who had no formal training as a vocalist spent her formative years in the Cleveland, Ohio area, returning to St. Louis in 1999 to pursue her dreams of performing as a vocalist. She was discovered when she sat in with the great St. Louis saxophonist Oliver Sain (1932–2003), and soon afterwards formed her own band, the Solid Senders.
Curtis Finch Jr. wrote – Kim Massie, I am ABSOLUTELY heartbroken to learn of your passing! We had some of the best conversations and you would ALWAYS call me up on stage to sing. You pushed me, motivated me, and definitely inspired me. Your gift was second to none. The way that your voice & energy would fill the room, was completely amazing. I can’t believe that I’m even typing this right now. Every chance I got, my best friend & I would be front and centre to watch you create magic on stage. You would spark something in me like no one ever could. Rest In His Safety! You were such a legend! I LOVE YOU!
John Vii wrote – I just heard of Kim Massie’s passing, and I’m devastated and at a loss for words.. We are incredibly fortunate she shared her beautiful gift with so many of us.. here’s one of those special moments she gave us a couple of years ago.
Kim Massie made frequent appearances at blues dance events and festivals coast to coast, including Blues Rising (San Francisco, 2007), the Emerald City Blues Festival (Seattle, 2009 and 2010) and has won many away awards which include “Best Female Vocalist of the Year” awards from the Riverfront Times and starred in the 2003 production of It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues by the St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre. In 2005, she won a Grand Center Visionary Award.