Miki Howard Biography

1962, Chicago, Illinois, USA. The former lead vocalist of Side Effect, soul/R&B singer Miki Howard combines spiritual soul music with touches of jazz singing. Before turning solo, she was a jazz session singer, working with, among others, Grover Washington Jnr. , Philip Bailey and Billy Cobham. Come Share My Love attracted comparisons with Regina Belle, while Love Confessions introduced a slick R&B sound and included ‘That’s What Love Is’, a duet with Gerald LeVert, as well as her familiar jazz stylings, best represented by her cover version of Earth, Wind And Fire’s ‘Reasons’. On Miki Howard, the singer tackled a variety of styles, including a swingbeat reworking of Aretha Franklin’s ‘Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)’. Her ballads revealed an emotional depth to match her vocal range and technical abilities. Femme Fatale included cover versions of Billie Holiday’s ‘Good Morning Heartache’, Dinah Washington’s ‘This Bitter Earth’ and Sly Stone’s ‘Thank You’. She also co-wrote three songs herself, and duetted with Christopher Williams on ‘I Hope That We Can Be Together Soon’. She concurrently pursued an acting career, appearing in 1992’s Malcolm X biopic (as Billie Holiday) and co-starring in John Singleton’s Poetic Justice.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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