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Mica Paris

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Mica Paris (born Michelle Wallen on 27 April 1969 in South London) is an English soul singer, radio and television presenter, and occasional actress and author. Her musical roots are in soul and gospel music. She grew up singing in her grandparents’ church and by her mid-teens was making regular appearances with The Spirit of Watts gospel choir (with whom she featured on the 1985 EP Gospel Joy). Mica was soon noticed as a distinctive voice and at 17 got her first break as a backing vocalist with the UK chart band Hollywood Beyond, appearing on their album In (released in 1985).

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The range, power, and sheer soulfulness of Mica’s singing made a major impact on the UK scene and in the following year, 1988, she released her debut, platinum-selling album with 4th & Broadway when she was 17 years old. “My One Temptation” was the lead single. This led to a collaboration with American soul singer Will Downing on a cover version of a classic “Where Is the Love”, made famous by Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack in the early ’70s.

The follow-up album, Contribution was released in 1991. This extended Mica’s soul and gospel influences to bring in hip-hop and house music and It featured the track “If I Love U 2 Nite”, written especially for Mica by Prince, which she recorded at his Paisley Park studios. With Omar Lye-Fook, a classically trained musician Paris recorded “I Should Have Known Better” in 1990. It was issued on the B-side to “I Never Felt Like This Before”.

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