R&B singer-songwriter Joyce Sims has died at the age of 63

Joyce Sims, the R&B singer-songwriter who has died at the age of 63, has been remembered by many. In the late 1980s, Sims rose to fame when her song “Come Into My Life” hit the top 10 in both the US and the UK.

All and All, her first hit, reached number 6 on the US Dance Chart and the top 20 on the UK Singles Chart. Sims, who is from Rochester, New York, toured England this summer and was due to release an album this year.

Family members announced her death on social media. Annette Ramsey, one of Sims’ siblings, said she was “heartbroken” and added on Facebook: “I will always remember the happy times we shared, the love and support you gave me will not go in vain. Love you Big Sis RIP.’

Another one of Sims’ sisters, Debbie Sims Hall, said the singer was a “beautiful soul inside and out” who will be “truly missed.”

Chris Rizick, publisher of the website SoulTracks, described Sims as “a great talent who has been singing, writing and performing for us for over three decades.”

Joyce Sims has died at the age of 63
Joyce Sims has died at the age of 63

He added: “The music world will mourn the passing of this multifaceted talent whose influence on music was even greater than the mainstream popularity she achieved over the past three and a half decades.”

Sims won many fans in the UK and his songs such as “Lifetime Love”, “Walk Away” and “Looking for a Love” were big hits. Stars such as Snoop Dogg, Angie Stone and Randy Crawford have used parts of her music or made their own versions.

Edward Adu, a BBC radio presenter, said he grew up listening to All and All and Come Into My Life on specialist and daytime radio. He added: “Very sad news to wake up to…Joyce was a big part of the soul scene. May he rest in peace.”

Loretta, a singer who has worked with Happy Mondays, Gorillaz and Swedish House Mafia, posted a video of the 1987 hit Come Into My Life with the words “RIP Joyce Sims”. Sims and her husband, Errol, lived in New Jersey with their two children.

In an interview earlier this year, Sims spoke about growing up in a “close-knit” family with five siblings. Her mother ran the family restaurant as a chef and her father worked as a machinist for Kodak.

When Sims was a child, she said, “money was tight,” but her family had “everything we needed and some of the things we wanted.”

Come Into My Life, her first album, was released in 1987 and the title track went straight to the top of the singles charts on both sides of the Atlantic. This year, she said, “A lot of my dreams and aspirations came true when this album was released.”

Asked in the interview what she would do if elected chancellor of the United Kingdom, Sims said: “I would end hunger and homelessness. I would increase funding for organizations that support the UK’s poorest families. I would try to end poverty and make sure everyone has enough to live on.”

“In my view, no one in the UK – or in the United States – should be hungry or homeless. If everyone could have a home and not worry about food, I believe they would live more productive lives – and the world would be a better place.”

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