b. Alicia Michelle Howard, 30th September 1961, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Born Alicia Michelle Howard to stellar gospel artist, Josephine Howard, of the 'Caravans' and Clay Graham of the 'Pilgrim Jubilee's', the Chicago native was surrounded by music and began singing in church with James Cleveland's 'Voices of Cornerstone' youth choir.
At age 16, Miki was discovered by R & B group Side Effect.
The group's founder Augie Johnson introduced Miki to jazz and began featuring her on other artist recordings such as Roy Ayers, Billy Cobham, Willie Bobo, Ronnie Laws, Chico Hamilton and many, many more.
Miki, also a great fan of comedy, is the voice of Rick Dees 'Eat My Shorts', 'Get Naked' and 'When Sunny Sniffs Glue'.
About 1985 Miki decided she was ready to embark on a more meaningful career. A demo in the right hands landed a recording contract at Atlantic Records.
There, Miki found success with top 10 singles: 'Come Share My Love' (Billboard #5), 'Baby Be Mine' (NAACP and also Soul Train Awards), 'That's What Love Is' duet written and produced with Gerald LeVert, 'Ain't Nothing In The World' (Billboard #1), 'Imagination' (NAACP Award), 'Till U Come Back to Me' (American Music Award Nomination) and 'Love Under New Management' (Billboard #2).
Miki signed with Giant Records (a now defunct label) there she garnered the (BillBoard #1) single 'Ain't Nobody Like You', and the critically acclaimed David Foster produced tribute to Billie Holiday, 'Miki Sings Billie.'
She also portrayed Billie Holiday in Spike Lee's Malcolm X, followed by a featured role in John Singleton's 'Poetic Justice' with Tupac Shakur and Janet Jackson.
The mid 90's found Miki at a personal crossroads, a mother of three children and in the midst of a divorce.
Miki took a semi retirement to manage home matters, decided to move to Atlanta, GA and become a DJ for V103 radio station.
A personal healing inspires Miki to move to L.A. and record a new CD on the Peak label entitled 'Three Wishes' which gave Miki her first Grammy Nomination in 2002.
She had the opportunity to reunite and work with the Goo Goo Dolls, Buffalo Phill Harmonic Orchestra.
Returning to her Jazz Roots, Miki collaborated with guitarist Norman Brown in 2003 on the single entitled 'Not Like You Do'. Brown's CD won a Grammy in 2003.
Miki Howard now resides in New Jersey and continues to perform live jazz and R & B concerts worldwide.
Miki says, 'There is so much I would like to do, so many songs I have yet to sing and a whole lot of Love to share. I look forward to a second wind!'
My thanks to Miki's colleague Apryle Vaughn for providing this resume.
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Come Share My Love (Atlantic 1986)
Love Confessions (Atlantic 1987)
Miki Howard (Atlantic 1989)
Femme Fatale (Giant 1992)
Miki Sings Billie (Giant 1993)
Live Plus (Warlock 1996)
Can't Count Me Out (Hush 1997)
Three Wishes (Peak Records 2001)
The Very Best Of Miki Howard (Atlantic / Rhino 2001)
Pillow Talk: Miki Sings The Classics (Shanachie Records 2006)
Private Collection (Branicka Records 2008)