We are saddened to report that Kevin Irving, legendary Chicago house music vocalist, has passed away. Chicago’s own 5 Magazine confirmed his death in a post yesterday:
5 Magazine has confirmed that legendary House Music vocalist Kevin Irving – whose voice was heard on tracks including “Children of the Night”, “Ride the Rhythm”, Mark Imperial’s “The Love I Lost” and many others – passed away today, according to Mr. Irving’s lifelong friend and frequent collaborator, Parris Mitchell.
Mr. Irving had been in intensive care in critical condition, though earlier reports that Irving had died on Friday were premature, sources told 5 Magazine.
Working under the pseudonyms “Jack N. House and “KIRV,” Irving’s work was impossible to miss in house music’s early days as he collaborated with producers like Parris Mitchell, Farley, Chip E., and Bad Boy Bill. His work with Club Nouveau–signed to Tommy Boy–is probably some of his most recognizable to mainstream ears.
5 Magazine also reports that Irving had been planning on making a comeback with “many of the top talents in the industry.”
It’s a shame we may never hear what he had in the works. Check out one of his classics below.
Rest in peace, KIRV.