Her mother was also a member of the gospel group the
Caravans and was acquainted with various entertainers. Howard's
mother would take her to the homes of various stars such as Aretha
Franklin and Mavis Staples.
While still in elementary school, Howard moved from Chicago to Los
Angeles with her mom.
At the age of 15, she performed in a teen pageant. After
the show, she met Side Effect member Augie Johnson, who
happened to be in the audience and began working with Howard creatively.
After a period of time, Howard became a Side Effect member upon the
departure of Sylvia St. James. Howard's tenure with the group
lasted a few years. During this time, she also had two children by
Johnson. In addition to singing with Side Effect, she did background
vocals for Wayne Henderson, Roy Ayers, Stanley Turrentine, and
several other artists.
After leaving Side Effect, Howard signed a deal with Atlantic. Her first
hit for the label was the Billboard R&B Top Ten single "Come Share My
Love." She followed that with the remake of Glenn Miller's 1940 hit
"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 Gerald Levert and was the result of the
creative union Howard formed with Marc Gordon and Levert.
Howard and Levert 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.
In 1990, Howard signed a deal with Giant, which facilitated the release
of her number one smash hit "Ain't Nobody Like You." Howard's
lifeline at Giant was cut short due to an altercation her husband had at
the label. She also made an appearance as Billie Holiday in a
club scene in the Spike Lee movie Malcom X.
Howard continued to issue albums throughout the '90s and early 2000s, a
few of them heavy on or wholly reliant upon covers. Her releases during
these years included Femme Fatale (1992), Shining Through
(1993), Live Plus (1996), Can't Count Me Out (1997),
Three Wishes (2001), and Pillow Talk (2006).
In February 2011, TV One televised "Way Black When" which
showcased African Americans' impact in entertainment through the 1970s,
80's and 90's. Howard was featured during the 80's segment, hosted by
comedian Niecy Nash. Howard performed her number-one R&B hit, "Ain't
Nobody Like You". In March she embarked on a U.S. tour "Throwback
Unplugged Tour" with Dru Hill, K-Ci & JoJo and Bell Biv
Miki Howard - Ain't Nobody Like You
Miki Howard - Baby Be Mine
Miki Howard - Come Share My Love
Miki Howard - Imagination
Miki Howard - Love Under New Management
Miki Howard - One Day Without You
Miki Howard - Until You Come Back To Me
Miki Howard & Christopher Williams - Hope That We Can Be Together Soon
Miki Howard & Gerald Levert - Thats What Love Is
Sources: Wikipedia , mikihowardmedia.com, whosampled.com, Steppers
Music Group, Freebase.com (Craig Lytle)
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