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Miki Howard (born Alicia Michelle Howard) is an African-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 legendary gospel group The Caravans, Miki was discovered by R & B group Side Effect at age 16. 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. Her first hit for Atlantic was the Billboard R&B top ten single "Come Share My Joy". She followed that with a remake 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, and was the result of the creative union Howard formed with Gerald's group, 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 the romance had dissolved. An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black), is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... The 1980s, in its most obvious sense, was the decade between 1980 and 1989. ... The 1990s refers to the years 1990 to 1999; the last decade of the 20th Century, but in an economical sense The Nineties is often considered to span from the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 to the September 11 attacks in 2001. ... Gospel music may refer either to the religious music that first came out of African-American churches in the 1930s or, more loosely, to both black gospel music and to the religious music composed and sung by white southern Christian artists. ... The Caravans was a female gospel group popular during the 1950s and 1960s that launched the careers of a number of artists, including: Queen of Gospel Albertina Walker, Bessie Griffin, Cassietta George, The Great Narrator Dorothy Norwood, Inez Andrews and First Lady of Gospel Shirley Caesar. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is a record label founded in 1947 by Ahmet Ertegun and Herb Abramson, principally as a R&B label. ... Major Glen Miller Alton Glenn Miller (March 1, 1904 – December 15, 1944) was an American jazz musician and band leader in the Swing era. ... Gerald Levert is a pop singer, one of several from the musical Levert family. ...

In 1993 Howard portrayed Billie Holiday in Spike Lee's Malcolm X, followed by a featured role in John Singleton's Poetic Justice with pop icon Janet Jackson. 1993 (MCMXCIII) is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Billie Holiday For the Canadian broadcaster, see Billie Holiday (broadcaster). ... Spike Lee Shelton Jackson Lee (born March 20, 1957), better known as Spike Lee, is a controversial film director, producer, writer, and actor noted for his many films dealing with social and political issues. ... John Daniel Singelton (born January 6, 1968) is a notable African-American film director, producer, and screenwriter. ... DVD cover Poetic Justice is a 1993 film starring Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur and directed by John Singleton. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...


  • 1988 Win Soul Train Award for Best New Artist.
  • 1990 Nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Female Artist - Soul / Rhythm & Blues.
  • 2002 Nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Album ("Three Wishes").

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Miki Howard Biography and Review at SoulTracks (356 words)
Miki Howard has always shown a penchant for classic material (remember her tribute album to Billie Holiday?), so she would seem a natural to jump into the current trend of “covers” albums of classic pop and soul material.
Miki Howard has been the source of too much great music to judge her too harshly on one album, and one has to hope that she will continue to record albums in the future that are at the level of her earlier work and not at the diminished level of Pillow Talk.
RandB songstress Miki Howard carved a successful career in the 80s and early 90s as the singer of a number of tasteful soul tracks that kept her near the top of the soul charts for several years.
CMT.com : Miki Howard : Biography (363 words)
Howard's mother would take her to the homes of various stars such as Aretha Franklin and Mavis Staples.
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.
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