Singer/Songwriter, Presenter & Actress
Official Agent: Craig Latto
Singer/songwriter Kim Appleby was part of the sister duo Mel & Kim, two East London girls from Hackney who were loved for their cockney charm as well as their cutting edge style. In 1986 they set the charts alight with their first single Showing Out (Get Fresh At The Weekend), which was followed by the international hit Respectable, a number one hit in the UK and worldwide. Other singles followed, such as F.L.M. and That's The Way It Is and the album F.L.M. went gold, selling 3.5 million copies worldwide. Mel & Kim were also nominated for a Best Newcomer award at The Brits.
Tragically, Mel was diagnosed with cancer and lost her battle in January 1990. Kim returned as a solo artist, releasing her self-titled album, Kim Appleby, featuring the hit single Don't Worry, which was nominated for an Ivor Novello Award.
Kim then decided that she wanted to take a break from being a recording artist to concentrate purely on songwriting for other acts. As a result she spent some time in Sweden working with top songwriter Anders Bagge, co-founder of the famous Murlyn Music Group. She has also collaborated with Michael Garvin (Never Give Up On A Good Thing) as well as Shep Soloman (Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson, Natalie Imbruglia).
Kim now works closely with the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) and has chaired the Ivor Novello Awards judges panel for Best Contemporary Song for ten years, and previously the Best Song Musically and Lyrically for two years. She is also deputy chair of the Ivor Novello awards committee and currently sits on the Songwriters Executive Committee at BASCA and remains a keen champion of songwriters' rights. Kim also currently sits on the PRS Benevolent Fund Committee, where she continues to support songwriters.
Aside from her musical career, Kim is also a presenter and actress having appeared both on stage and screen, with more exciting projects in the pipeline.
Kim has returned to performing live after 20 years and is now performing Mel & Kim and her solo tracks to sell-out Let's Rock and Rewind Festivals around the country.
- Mel & Kim website: melandkim.com
- The 80s Pop Road Map - BBC Four
- Dream Team - Sky 1
- Doctors - BBC1
- Keeping It Cool with Kim Appleby - Storm Live
- Going Straight (2005)
- E for England (2005)
- The Vagina Monologues
- Breakaway (1993)
- Kim Appleby (1990)
- F.L.M. (1987)
- If You Cared (1991)
- Mama (1991)
- G.L.A.D. (1991)
- Don't Worry (1990)
- F.L.M. (1987)
- Respectable (1987)
- Showing Out (Get Fresh At The Weekend) (1986)
- Best Video Award for Respectable - Montreaux Jazz Festival