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 Thats 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 Fires Reasons. On Miki Howard, the singer tackled a variety of styles, including a swingbeat reworking of Aretha Franklins Until You Come Back To Me (Thats What Im Gonna Do). Her ballads revealed an emotional depth to match her vocal range and technical abilities. Femme Fatale included cover versions of Billie Holidays Good Morning Heartache, Dinah Washingtons This Bitter Earth and Sly Stones 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 1992s Malcolm X biopic (as Billie Holiday) and co-starring in John Singletons Poetic Justice.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.