After a long battle with cancer, Diane Charlemagne passed away at the tragically young age of 51.
If you're a person who is alive and has heard any dance music in the past two or three decades, chances are you're very familiar with Diane Charlemagne's iconic vocals—even if you don't know it.
She worked in just about every genre and sub-genre within electronic music; from funk and house music to D&B, trance and dubstep. Perhaps what she's most remembered for is her iconic vocal performance on Goldie's "Inner City Life", arguably the biggest D&B single ever. She began her career as the lead singer of Urban Cookie Collective, also working with 52nd Street when they reemerged as Cool Down Zone in 1990. Later in her career, her notable collaborations included work with 4 Hero on "Better Place", Aquasky on "Take Me There", High Contrast on "Take Me There" and Netsky on "Wanna Die For You". She also appeared on S.P.Y.'s D&B hitter "Hammer In My Heart", as well as the tracks "Dusty Fingers" and "Back To Basics" from the Back To Basics Chapter One album. It was only last year that she teamed up with S.P.Y. again on "I Am Somebody" with London Elektricity for the Street Child World Cup.
Now let's take a moment to revisit that incredible tune, and may her soul rest in peace.