Kathy Brown was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer late last year, and the dance music community is rallying around her to show their support.
The house music scene was rocked late last year when Kathy Brown, a legendary vocalist who became renowned for tracks like “Joy,” “Turn Me Out (Turn to Sugar),” and “Strings of Life (Stronger on My Own),” was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer which has since spread to her brain. An emergency operation was conducted, and the celebrated artist is currently undergoing radiotherapy and immunotherapy, but financial challenges have begun to surface.
Kathy Brown lit up dancefloors for over three decades while lending her powerful voice to tracks along the way. Due to her current physical and medical condition, there won’t be the chance for her to perform live and generate income – and a call for help has been sent out to the global community. Chanta Joyner, Kathy’s daughter, has set up a GoFundMe to help support their family during this time.
Others in the global house music community have already begun to step forward to help. London-based record label Revival, which Kathy Brown had been recently working with, is matching GoFundMe donations up to $10,000. Notable industry members like Wez Saunders and Simon Dunmore, along with labels Cutting Records and Defected Records, have also chipped in for the cause.
Toolroom has also sprung into action. In their fundraising effort, they’ve announced “Turn Me Deeper,” a charity single produced by Wh0, Mark Knight, and James Hurr that uses Kathy Brown’s stunning vocals. All publishing earnings from this track will be given to Kathy to help her and her family during this difficult time.