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Stephanie Mills

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Brooklyn, New York, USA (1974 – present)

Stephanie Mills (born Stephanie Dorthea Mills in Brooklyn, New York, USA on 2 March 1957) is an American R&B and soul singer, and a former Broadway star.

Stephanie Mills first came to fame as “the little girl with the big voice” as the star of the hit Broadway play, The Wiz, an adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s classic book, The Wizard Of Oz. She had many R&B hits such as “I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love,” “I Feel Good All Over,” “(You’re Puttin’) A Rush On Me,” “Something in the Way (You Make Me Feel)” and “Home” along with one certified million selling single, “Never Knew Love Like This Before. ” In addition, she also had five gold albums: Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin’, Sweet Sensation, Stephanie, If I Were Your Woman and Home.

Mills honed her rich vocals singing gospel music at Brooklyn’s Cornerstone Baptist Church as a small child. At age 9, she began appearing in the Broadway play Maggie Flynn. She was presented with first prize after winning “The Amateur Hour” talent contest six weeks straight at New York’s famed Apollo Theater when she was nine. That success led to her being chosen as the opening act for The Isley Brothers, eventually becoming good friends with lead singer Ronald Isley. Many years later, Isley would manage and later marry singer/songwriter Angela Winbush, who co-wrote one of her number one R&B hits. Mills’ début album, Movin’ In The Right Direction was recorded for ABC Records in 1974. A year later, she won the role of Dorothy in The Wiz.

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  • Ishiba1

    oh yes the 80's

    3 May 9:43pm Reply
  • Keila_M

    Comfort Of A Man ♥

    5 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Mirrorman118

    She should have stared opposite Michael Jackson in the Wiz, the movie would have done better. In the other movie version Dorothy was played by a 16 year old girl. it was horrible casting Diana Ross 34 years of age as a young girl trying find her way carrying a dog? Did South Park ever do an episode of that? Stephanie Mills The original Dorothy for stage, and Michael Jackson were both nineteen years of age.

    26 Jan 2013 Reply
  • DJSMusicfactory

    The 80's???? Yes!!! :-)

    26 Jan 2013 Reply
  • LOVES-DESIRE

    I have truly enjoyed this day listening to Stephanie Mills .... It's a good day all around ....

    9 Jan 2013 Reply
  • MaddSex

    A Beautiful voice, love her Music,and the fact the she and Angela Winbush,both sung the Power of Love,Angela kills it on the end of the song when she calls Stephanie name...BOTH version,are AWSOME......

    24 Dec 2012 Reply
  • mushy_cavendish

    she still sounds like she did years ago. amazing [2]

    2 Nov 2012 Reply
  • sivetoblake

    amazing

    22 Aug 2012 Reply
  • JNez

    LEGEND. She should hold clinic for all these r&b startlets that have come in her wake over the past 33 years. Ms. Mills still sells out concerts 20 years past her last major label album and looks fabulous. You all need give her her much deserved flowers while she can still smell them!

    9 Jul 2012 Reply
  • gendervariant

    Is it true that she's trying to develop a super group with Chaka, MJB, and Aretha?

    22 Jun 2012 Reply
  • edysonlovesRB

    I'm in love with this woman's voice.

    20 Apr 2012 Reply
  • LaMusicLovr

    Just plain wonderful. Great repertoire.

    7 Mar 2012 Reply
  • UnfortunatelyGr

    I've just been discovering her stuff recently, starting with the recently released 20th Century Collection CD. Amazing vocals.

    4 Dec 2011 Reply
  • toco-tucan

    She's great! [2]

    21 Nov 2011 Reply
  • mrsean20

    <3

    11 Oct 2011 Reply
  • BarneyJWY

    Starlight <3

    24 Sep 2011 Reply
  • discotequedude

    Stephanie is a singer I would like to witness live in concert! She should really do a career spanning concert tour in North America.

    24 Sep 2011 Reply
  • discotequedude

    she is...outstanding. there will never be another stephanie mills. i've loved this woman for 30 years. what a stunning vocalist, r&b royalty. currently back in love with 'so good so right' from the 1989 home cd. [2]

    24 Sep 2011 Reply
  • BackNDaDay90

    Check out my group. This week's featured throwback comes from Stephanie Mills. http://www.last.fm/group/I+Love+the+80s!

    31 Jul 2011 Reply
  • demi61

    she a powerhouse!

    5 Jul 2011 Reply
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