Miki Howard

Miki Howard (born Alicia Michelle Howard, September 30, 1960, Chicago, Illinois) is an American singer and actress who had a string of Top Ten hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The daughter of gospel singer Josephine Howard of The Caravans, and Clay Graham of Pilgrim Jubilees, Howard was discovered by R&B group Side Effect at age 16. About 1985, Howard decided she was ready to begin a solo career. A demo landed a recording contract at Atlantic Records.


Her first hit for Atlantic was the Billboard R&B top ten single "Come Share My Love". She followed that with a cover version of Glenn Miller's 1940 tune "Imagination". Her success continued with two more top ten singles, "Baby Be Mine" and "That's What Love Is". The latter was a duet with hit-making R&B crooner Gerald Levert. The pair later became romantically involved, and that romance spawned one of Howard's biggest hits, "Love Under New Management". The song was written during their brief love affair, but was released after their romance had dissolved. Howard secured her first R&B #1 single with her 1989 hit "Ain't Nuthin' in the World", and scored another #1 with 1992's "Ain't Nobody Like You".
In 1992 Howard portrayed Billie Holiday in Spike Lee's Malcolm X film, followed by a featured role in John Singleton's Poetic Justice with Janet Jackson.
Ms Howard is currently working on regenerating her career after taking some time out to raise her children. You can see Miki around the country as she is on world tour with Roy Ayers and the Jazz Allstars, produced by Jeff Epstein of Universal Attractions, her booking agent. Most importantly, Miki has recently released a new CD, "Private Collection". The record has 10 tracks, with 5 new smooth jazz/R&B songs co-written and co-produced with Chuckii Booker, and 5 jazz standards co-produced with Brandon McCune. Besides Booker, composers included on the CD include Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer for "Skylark", Sammy Fain and Paul-Francis Webster for "Secret Love", Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer for "Days of Wine and Roses", Elisse Boyd and Murray Grand for "Guess Who (Guess Who I Saw Today)", and Irving Berlin for "Counting My Blessings (Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep)". You can listen to Howard's new music at her official website www.mikihowardmedia.com or at cdbaby.com/cd/mikihoward.
On November 1, 2010 Miki Howard's Unsung special was televised on TV One.

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