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’ which featured the hit single, ‘Don't worry’ which was nominated for an Ivor Novello Award.
Kim then decided that she wanted to take a break as an artist and 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 songwriter’s rights.
In 2015, Kim met Dominic King who has composed songs for Sister Sledge, Chaka Khan, Cher, The Three Degrees and many more. Together they decided to collaborate and out of this collaboration came an album of fresh songs. The first single is due to be released in spring 2017 with an album to follow in the summer.
Height: 5"9 / Build: Slim / Hair: Brown/ Eyes: Brown
Accents: London/West Indian/Standard American.
Skills: Singing, Dancing, Vocal coach, Song writing workshops (on behalf of the British Academy of Song writers and Composers), Voice over (BBC Radio)
Title: Kim Appleby (Top 20) (UK Gold Sales)
Title: Breakaway (Top 40) (Worldwide Album Sales 350,000)
Mel and Kim
Title: FLM (#3 for 10 weeks) (UK Platinum Sales, Australia Double Platinum Sales & Europe Gold Sales) (Worldwide Album Sales 3.5 million)
Title: Don't Worry (#2) (Nominated for an Ivor Novello award)
Title: G.L.A.D (Top 10)
Title: Mama (Top 20)
Title: If you cared (Top 40)
Mel and Kim
Title: Respectable (#1) UK Gold)
Title: Showing Out (#3) (UK Silver)
Title: F.L.M (#7)
Two #1 singles in the American Dance Charts (Respectable/Showing out)
Montreaux Jazz Festival (Best Video Award for Respectable)
Year Production Cast
2007 The Vagina Monologues Lucy Speed
Year Role Type Production Channel
2005 Jessica - lead TV Series Doctors BBC1
2006 Faith healer TV series Dream Team Sky One
Year Title Type
2005 Going Straight Short Film
2005 E for England Short Film
2006 Presenter - Storm Live Internet Radio
Hosted show 'Keeping It Cool with Kim Appleby'