Kim Massie has passed away peacefully on Monday, October 12, 2020.
Kim Massie is 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 was an American blues and soul singer who performs mostly in her native St. Louis, Missouri.
She was a minister and an entertainer.
Though her earliest musical experiences were schooled in the gospel choirs of East St. Louis, Illinois, she has had no formal training as a vocalist. She 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.
She makes 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).
Massie has won two “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.
Wedding performances and Massie’s career as a professional vocalist go hand-in-hand. Back in 1999, before she relocated to St. Louis, she was performing as a vocalist with some friends back in Ohio at weddings as well as some other venues. Massie has shared the stage with artists such as Cyndi Lauper, India Arie, Nelly and Chuck Berry and been awarded Best Vocalist of the Year by RiverFront Times (twice) and a Grand Center Visionary Award. She has performed for organizations such as Major League Baseball, Purina, Boeing, and at esteemed venues and events such as the Missouri History Museum, Big Muddy Blues Festival, Davenport Blues Festival, Emerald City Blues Festival, and the Blues Rising Festival.
She is survived by her family members.
St. Louis lost a mighty voice. RIP, Kim Massie. pic.twitter.com/3VcnK3D7FQ
— STL-Style (@STLstyle) October 13, 2020
— Robert Cohen (@kodacohen) October 13, 2020
The amount of joy you brought to so many people everytime you set foot on any stage throughout St. Louis, and especially on S. Broadway is insurmountable… you will be deeply missed Kim Massie 💜💛💚 https://t.co/Fu4cuC56Hb
— Broadway Oyster Bar (@OysterBarSTL) October 13, 2020
“Sinatra was Vegas. Lou Reed was New York. And Kim Massie is St. Louis.” – @JCooperman
RIP and sing for the angels. pic.twitter.com/TmfkoLsuKP
— Aisha Sultan (@AishaS) October 13, 2020
Sad to learn of Kim Massie’s passing. A giant in the St. Louis music community.
We last heard from her in summer 2019 after Beale on Broadway closed. She was leading her band in a performance outside the St Louis History Museum. https://t.co/BqhXXXZyhb
— Brian Heffernan (@BrianHeff) October 13, 2020
Massie is a strong supporter of younger musicians on the scene. “She cherishes all of us St. Louis artists as individuals, and she brings us together in ways that sometimes we would not come together,” Tasha B. said.
Cause of Death
Her cause of death is still unknown at the moment, we will update you as soon as we have the full details about het death.
Funeral Service & GoFundme
Funeral services will be made known as soon as it is being updated. Memorial donations may be made in Massie’s name through the GoFundme page.