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Stephanie Mills

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Stephanie Mills initial came to popularity as “the tiny girl using the big tone of voice” because the star from the hit Broadway play, The Wiz, an version of L. Frank Baum’s traditional publication, The Wizard of Oz. She experienced many R&B strikes such as for example “I’VE Discovered to Respect the energy of Like,” “PERSONALLY I THINK Good AROUND,” “(You’re Puttin’) A Hurry on Me,” “Something in the manner (You Make Me Experience),” and “House,” alongside one qualified, million-selling solitary, “By no means Knew Like SUCH AS THIS Before.” Furthermore, she also experienced five platinum albums: Whatcha Gonna Perform with My Lovin’, Nice Sensation, Stephanie, EASILY Were YOUR LOVER, and Home. Given birth to on March 22, 1957 in Brooklyn, NY, Mills honed her wealthy vocals performing gospel music at Brooklyn’s Cornerstone Baptist Chapel as a little child. At age group nine, she started appearing within the Broadway play Maggie Flynn. She was offered first reward after earning “The Novice Hour” talent competition six weeks right at New York’s famous Apollo Theatre when she was nine. That achievement resulted in her being selected as the starting take action for the Isley Brothers, ultimately becoming friends with business lead vocalist Ronald Isley. A long time later on, Isley would manage and later on marry vocalist/songwriter Angela Winbush, who co-wrote among her number 1 R&B strikes. Mills’ debut recording, Movin’ in the proper Direction was documented for ABC Information in 1974. A 12 months later, she received the function of Dorothy within the Wiz. Her rendition of the stunning ballad “House” was a showstopper, mesmerizing viewers nightly for several years. The initial cast documenting from the Wiz was made by Jerry Wexler and released by Atlantic Information in springtime 1975. Curiously, once the Wiz was converted to a full-length feature film by Motown Information’ film department and Universal Images, Diana Ross performed the function of Dorothy rather than Mills. The film finished up being a main flop. Vocalist Jermaine Jackson known Mills to Motown mind Berry Gordy, who agreed upon her towards the label. Her Motown debut was For the very first time, written and made by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, released in Oct 1976. For the very first time is a special affair with Mills convincingly covering Bacharach/David specifications, most of that have been originally documented by Dionne Warwick. In 1978, she agreed upon to 20th Hundred years Information and was teamed using the strike creation duo of Adam Mtume — afterwards head of Mtume, who got a gold one with “Juicy Fruits” — and Reggie Lucas. Her 1st LP for the label, Whatcha Gonna Perform with My Lovin’, proceeded to go gold, likely to quantity 12 R&B and quantity 22 pop on Billboard’s graphs in summer time 1979 and spawned the singles “Whatcha Gonna Perform with My Lovin'” and “YOU MAY GET Over.” Her following LP, Sweet Feeling (quantity three3 R&B, quantity 16 Pop, springtime 1980) yielded “Nice Feeling,” “By no means Knew Like SUCH AS THIS Before,” as well as the radio-aired LP monitor, “Try My Appreciate.” For this period, she briefly wedded former Soul Teach dancer Jeffrey Daniels of the group Shalamar. Next emerged the LP entitled Stephanie in springtime 1981, which also was a big success, peaking at number 3 R&B and amount 30 Pop. The record included notable tracks such as for example “Two Hearts” — a midtempo duet with Teddy Pendergrass — “Evening Games,” as well as the radio-aired LP cut, “Don’t Prevent Doin’ What Cha Perform.” In 1981, Mills turned to Neil Bogart’s Casablanca Information. Her LPs for the label included Tantalizingly Scorching, Merciless, and I’ve Got the Get rid of. During 1983, she got her very own NBC-TV daytime chat present, and reprised her function within a Broadway revival from the Wiz. She also agreed upon with MCA Information, where she released her Stephanie Mills record. The first one from your Stephanie Mills recording was “Stand Back again,” in past due 1985, which also included the passionate ballad “I’VE Discovered to Respect the energy of Like.” “I’VE Learned to Respect the energy of Like” was compiled by Rene Moore and Angela Winbush — most widely known as the strike performing duo Rene & Angela — like a gospel track and originally was documented by Alton McClain and Future on the self-titled 1978 Polydor LP. The initial version is on Polygram’s Power of Like: Greatest of Soul Necessities Ballads. Due to its substantial radio play as an recording monitor, Mills’ edition of “I’VE Discovered to Respect the energy of Appreciate, — made by Philly spirit keyboardist Ron Kersey — was reissued as an A-side keeping the main R&B spot for 14 days in springtime 1986. Its follow-up, “Increasing Desire,” reached amount 11 R&B in summertime 1986. Her following LP’s title lower was the Clay McMurray/Gloria Jones/Pam Sawyer tune, “EASILY Were YOUR LOVER,” originally a 1971 number 1 R&B, amount nine Pop smash for Gladys Knight & the Pips. Philly-based manufacturer Nick Martinelli provided Mills her second number 1 R&B strike with “PERSONALLY I THINK Good AROUND,” compiled by husband-and-wife songwriting duo, Gabriel Hardeman and Annette Hardeman. The tune held the main R&B place for three weeks in springtime 1987. Originally posted to Mills’ fellow MCA labelmate Patti Labelle with the Hardemans, the monitor was included on Mills’ LP EASILY Were YOUR LOVER in released June 1987, which peaked at quantity 30 Play summer time 1987. Paul Laurence and Timmy Allen created and co-wrote the chugging “(You’re Placing) a Hurry on Me” providing the vocalist her third number 1 R&B strike in fall 1987. The solitary managed to get to quantity 85 Pop and was accompanied by “Key Woman,” which got at quantity seven R&B in past due 1987. Her addresses of “EASILY Were YOUR LOVER” and “Where May be the Like” adopted. All had been included on her behalf If I Had been Your Woman recording, which peaked at number 1 R&B, amount 30 Play summer 1987. Pursuing these strikes, Mills approached Ronald Isley about dealing with vocalist/songwriter/manufacturer Angela Winbush, who’d acquired hits as 1 / 2 of Rene & Angela and was forging a hit-filled profession being a documenting artist and manufacturer for the group Body amongst others. The cooperation between Mills and Winbush led to another number 1 R&B one, “Something in the manner You Make Me Experience,” in summertime 1989. Having starred for five years within the smash Broadway present The Wiz and documented the tune “House for the play’s 1975 first cast soundtrack record, she wished to record the track again like a posthumous tribute towards the play’s maker, Ken Harper, as well as the song’s composer, Charlie Smalls. On her behalf new edition of “House,” Consider 6 sung the backdrop vocals. The track went to number 1 R&B in past due 1989 and was accompanied by “Ease and comfort of a guy” and “True Appreciate.” THE HOUSE LP finished up peaking at quantity five R&B, quantity 82 Play summer season 1989. She after that documented a charting solitary with J.T. Taylor entitled “Center to Center” in past due 1991. Her last MCA recording, Something Actual, included the strike “ALL DAY LONG FOREVER” and “By no means Do Incorrect.” Third , album, she documented a gospel recording, Personal Inspirations, for Interscope Information and in the past due ’90s, recorded many songs at Philadelphia International Information with Bunny Sigler, amongst others.

Quick Facts


Full Name Stephanie Mills
Height 1.45 m
Profession Actor, Singer, Songwriter
Nationality American
Children Farad Mills
Awards Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist
Music Songs I Feel Good All Over, Home, Two Hearts, A Rush on Me, Never Knew love Like THis Before, Feel the Fire, How Come You Don't Call Me Anymore, You Can Get Over, Never do You Wrong, All Day, All Night, What Cha Gonna Do with My Lovin', Bit by Bit, Stand Back, I Just Wanna Say, Don't Stop Doin' What 'Cha Do, You Can't Run From My Love, Deeper Inside Your Love, Still Mine, I Believe in Love Songs, Something in the Way You Make Me Feel, I Had a Talk With God, Love Hasn't Been Easy on Me, I See You for the First Time, Edge of the Razor, Mixture of Love, I Took My Strength From You, Rising Desire, His Name Is Michael, Comfort of a Man, Secret Lady, Put Your Body in It, Night Games
Albums Sweet Sensation, Home, If I Were Your Woman, Love Has Lifted Me, For the First Time, Something Real, Personal Inspirations, Merciless, Stephanie Mills, Stephanie, Gold, Tantalizingly Hot, What Cha' Gonna Do with My Lovin', I've Got the Cure, Born for This!, Movin' in the Right Direction, Christmas, Born for this, Feel The Fire: The 20th Century Collection, The Power Of Love: A Ballads Collection, Greatest Hits, In My Life: Greatest Hits, 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of The Mills Brothers, The Ultimate Collection
Nominations Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Album – Female
Movies The Wiz Live!, For the Love of Grace, Eloise at the Plaza, The Safety of Objects, Life in a Day, Dex Hamilton : Fire & Ice
TV Shows Growing Up Creepie, Ruby Gloom, Rumours, Iggy Arbuckle, My Dad the Rock Star, Alison & Allie


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#Fact
1 Has one son, Farad
2 At age fifteen won starring role as Dorothy in the hit Broadway show 'The Wiz.'
3 At age seven appeared in the Broadway musical, 'Maggie Flynn.'


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Good Day New York 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Wiz Live! 2015 TV Movie performer: "The Feeling We Once Had"
2014 Soul Train Awards 2014 TV Movie performer: "Home"
22nd Annual Trumpet Awards 2014 TV Special performer: "Home"
Stevie Wonder with Friends: Celebrating a Message of Peace 2013 TV Movie performer: "Heaven Help Us All", "As", "Reach Out and Touch Somebody's Hand"
Cop Out 2010 performer: "Bit By Bit"
The Mo'Nique Show 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony 2009 Video Game performer: "Put Your Body In It"
Bobby Jones Gospel 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Sunday Best 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Deliver Us from Eva 2003 performer: "Never Knew Love Like This Before" 1980
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1999 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Soul Music Festival: Part IV 1998 TV Movie performer: "I Feel Good All Over", "Feel The Fire", "Never Knew Love Like This Before", "Home" - uncredited
Essence Awards 1998 TV Special performer: "Up Where We Belong" - uncredited
New York Undercover 1994 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Tom and Jerry: The Movie 1992 performer: "I Miss You End Title", "All In How Much We Give"
The 6th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1992 TV Special performer: "Prince Tribute: How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore/Nothing Compares 2 U/Yo Mister"
Our Voices with Bev Smith 1991 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Strictly Business 1991 performer: "I Just Want Your Love"
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1990 TV Series performer - 1 episode
22nd NAACP Image Awards 1990 TV Special performer: "Feel The Fire" - uncredited
New Year's Rockin' Eve 1990 1989 TV Special performer: "Something In The Way He Makes Me Feel", "Home" - uncredited
Soul Train 1980-1989 TV Series documentary performer - 8 episodes
The Byron Allen Show 1989 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The 2nd Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1988 TV Special performer: "If I Were Your Woman"
New American Bandstand 1965 1980-1987 TV Series performer - 5 episodes
Native Son 1986 performer: "Jones Come Down Call Me, Call Me, Call Me
Rock 'n' Roll Summer Action 1986 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Fire with Fire 1986 performer: "Bit by Bit Theme from Fletch"
FTV 1986 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dick Clark's Nitetime 1985 TV Series performer - 1 episode
One Life to Live 1985 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Fletch 1985 performer: "Bit By Bit" Theme From Fletch
D.C. Cab 1983 performer: "Party Me Tonight"
All the Right Moves 1983 performer: "Hold Me Close To You" / producer: "Hold Me Close To You"
Great Vibes! Lionel Hampton & Friends 1982 TV Movie performer: "Ease On Down The Road"
Sha Na Na 1980 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Bosom Buddies 1980 TV Series performer: "Shake Me Loose"
Dance Fever 1980 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Midnight Special 1980 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Top of the Pops 1980 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The John Davidson Show 1980 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Merv Griffin Show 1979-1980 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Dinah! 1975-1980 TV Series performer - 5 episodes
Roller Revolution 1980 TV Movie performer: "Put Your Body In It", "Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin'"
Today 1978-1979 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Rock Concert 1979 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Starting Over 1979 performer: "Better Than Ever" 1979
The Mike Douglas Show 1976-1979 TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Sammy and Company 1975 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell 1975 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Wiz Live! 2015 TV Movie Auntie Em
The Love Boat 1985 TV Series Tara
The Wiz 1978 Video Dorothy
Watch Your Mouth 1978 TV Series Nadine

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight 1983 TV Series Herself
Search for Tomorrow 1983 TV Series Herself
The 25th Annual Grammy Awards 1983 TV Special Herself
Great Vibes! Lionel Hampton & Friends 1982 TV Movie Herself
The American Music Awards 1982 TV Special Herself
Oral Roberts Celebration 1981 TV Movie Herself
The NewsCenter 1981 TV Series Herself
The John Davidson Show 1980-1981 TV Series Herself
The Merv Griffin Show 1976-1981 TV Series Herself
The 8th Annual American Music Awards 1981 TV Special Herself
Sha Na Na 1980 TV Series Herself
Macy's 54th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade 1980 TV Movie Herself
The 1980 Sci-Fi Awards 1980 TV Special Herself
A Tribute to the Jukebox Award Winners 1980 TV Movie Herself
Dance Fever 1980 TV Series Herself
The Midnight Special 1980 TV Series Herself - Host / Herself
Dinah! 1975-1980 TV Series Herself
Captain Kangaroo 1979-1980 TV Series Herself
Roller Revolution 1980 TV Movie Herself
The Mike Douglas Show 1974-1980 TV Series Herself - Actress / Herself / Herself - Vocalist / ...
Rock Concert 1979 TV Series Herself
Kids Are People, Too 1978 TV Series Herself
Razzmatazz 1977 TV Series Herself
Soul Alive 1977 TV Series Herself
The Apollo Presents 1976 TV Movie Herself
Wonderama 1976 TV Series Herself
Sammy and Company 1975 TV Series Herself
Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell 1975 TV Series Herself - Dorothy
Musical Chairs 1975 TV Series Herself
Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age 2017 Documentary post-production Herself
Good Day New York 2016 TV Series Herself
The Making of the Wiz Live! 2015 TV Movie documentary Herself
2014 Soul Train Awards 2014 TV Movie Herself
22nd Annual Trumpet Awards 2014 TV Special Herself
Stevie Wonder with Friends: Celebrating a Message of Peace 2013 TV Movie Herself
Dishing Tea with Big Meach 2010-2012 TV Mini-Series Herself
The Mo'Nique Show 2010 TV Series Herself
Bobby Jones Gospel 2008 TV Series Herself
Concert of Hope 2008 TV Movie Herself
Sunday Best 2007 TV Series Herself
Black Don't Crack: The Cosmetic Surgery Debate 2006 TV Movie Herself
Backstage on the Black Stage 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself
Celebration of Gospel 2003 TV Movie Herself
Journeys in Black 2002 TV Series documentary Herself
The Oprah Winfrey Show 2000 TV Series Herself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1999 TV Series Herself
Soul Music Festival: Part IV 1998 TV Movie Herself
Essence Awards 1998 TV Special Herself
Live with Kelly and Michael 1989-1996 TV Series Herself
America's Black Forum 1996 TV Series Herself
New York Undercover 1994 TV Series Herself
1993 Essence Awards 1993 TV Special Herself
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1982-1992 TV Series Herself
The 6th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1992 TV Special Herself
Our Voices with Bev Smith 1991 TV Series Herself
The 5th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1991 TV Special Herself - Presenter
Motown 30: What's Goin' On! 1990 TV Special Herself
Dionne and Friends 1990 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1975-1990 TV Series Herself
The 17th Annual American Music Awards 1990 TV Special Herself - Presenter
22nd NAACP Image Awards 1990 TV Special Herself
The Arsenio Hall Show 1990 TV Series Herself
New Year's Rockin' Eve 1990 1989 TV Special Herself
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars 1982-1989 TV Series Herself
CBS This Morning 1989 TV Series Herself
Good Morning America 1977-1989 TV Series Herself
Soul Train 1980-1989 TV Series documentary Herself / Herself - Guest / Guest
Showtime at the Apollo 1987-1989 TV Series Herself
After Hours 1989 TV Series Herself
The Byron Allen Show 1989 TV Series Herself
The 3rd Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1989 TV Special Herself - Presenter
Lou Rawls Presents Black Gold Hits 1988 TV Movie Herself
The 2nd Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1988 TV Special Herself - Performer
The 15th Annual American Music Awards 1988 TV Special Herself
1987 Power Hits: New Year's Eve Countdown 1987 TV Special Herself
Motown Merry Christmas 1987 TV Movie Herself
Today 1977-1987 TV Series Herself
Essence: The Television Program 1987 TV Series documentary Herself
The Late Show 1987 TV Series Herself
New American Bandstand 1965 1980-1987 TV Series Herself
The 1st Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1987 TV Special Herself - Presenter
Rock 'n' Roll Summer Action 1986 TV Series Herself
FTV 1986 TV Series Herself
Solid Gold 1980-1986 TV Series Herself
The Whimsical World of Oz 1985 TV Movie documentary Herself
Dick Clark's Nitetime 1985 TV Series Herself
One Life to Live 1985 TV Series Herself
Miss Black America Pageant 1985 TV Movie Herself - Presenter
Puttin' on the Hits 1985 TV Series Herself - Judge
Cover Story 1984 TV Series Herself
Salute! 1983 TV Series Herself
Reading Rainbow 1983 TV Series Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Carmen and Geoffrey 2005 Documentary Herself
Top of the Pops 1980 TV Series Herself

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