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  • Miki Howard (R & B/Jazz Vocalist)

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    5 posts, 4 voices, 868 views, started Aug 26, 2010

    Posted on Thursday, August 26, 2010 by Denise Richardson

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      R&B 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.  While Howard’s music always had a current groove, she maintained a sense of the past, and her attractive voice always added an element of jazz to the mix.  

      Howard broke in as the replacement for Sylvia St. James in the group Side Effect, but broke out as a solo act on Atlantic Records in 1986 with the beautiful soul midtempo “Come Share My Love.”  She followed it over the next half decade with hits such as “Baby Be Mine,” “Crazy” and the #1 “Ain’t Nuthin In the World.”  Perhaps best of all was the Gospel-like “Love Under New Management,” a terrific cut that highlighted her third and most successful album.  

      Howard moved to Giant Records in 1992 and again hit the top with “Ain’t Nobody Like You,” which turned out to be her last major hit.  She moved to her jazz roots a year later with a critically acclaimed tribute album to Billie Holiday, Miki Sings Billie.  Over the rest of the decade Howard recorded less frequently and less successfully.  She signed with Peak Records for 2001’s Three Wishes, and returned five years later on Shanachie Records with Pillow Talk, an album of soul and pop covers.  

      In 2008, Miki released the independent Private Collection to general critical praise.  The disc included a handful of original songs along with well chosen covers.  

      By Chris Rizik

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