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Though Miki Howard was almost entirely ignored by the mainstream music press while she was in the prime of her career, the African-American community has long considered her one of the most iconic singers of the modern era. This 1996 live concert shows why. Over just 10 songs, she manages to bring together a diverse array of styles, all of which are handled with openness and ease. The child of postwar gospel singers, Howard was raised in the '60s, came of age in the disco era, and eventually found her calling in the hip-hop and club-influenced R&B of the '80s and '90s. In their rich and free-flowing arrangements, these versions of “Come Share My Love” and “That’s What Love Is” resemble no one so much as Stevie Wonder, a similarly preternatural product of cross-generational influences. Howard won a generation’s attention with the whip-quick funk of “Ain’t Nuthin*** in the World”; then she wowed them with revivals of vintage jazz (“Imagination”) and blues (the self-penned “Blues”). The 12-minute “Baby Be Mine” and the seven-minute “Love Under New Management” leave no doubt about the stage prowess of this living legend.

Biography

Born: 1962 in Chicago, IL

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Miki Howard grew up in the church, where both of her parents were gospel singers. 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 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...
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