Stephanie Mills

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Oh, yes, music is in my soul. It is the only thing that I have done and I am a whole [other] person on stage. I have an alter ego

xlablog.blogspot.com, 12 March 2009

Stephanie Dorthea Mills was born March 22, 1957 in Queens, and raised predominantly in Brooklyn, New York. She is an American R&B, soul and gospel singer, songwriter, and Broadway star. Mills began her career appearing in her first play at the age of nine. In 1973, Mills’ musical recording career was launched when she was signed to Paramount records by Michael Barbiero, and her first single “I Knew It Was Love” was released. She was later signed to Motown. Mills’ career took a rise when she portrayed Dorothy in an African American adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz entitled The Wiz, where she began dating Michael Jackson. In 1979, Mills signed under the 20th Century Fox Records record label and found her breakthrough in disco music, recording songs such as “Put Your Body In It”, “You Can Get Over”, and “What Cha’ Gonna Do With My Lovin”. The resulting album, What Cha’ Gonna Do with My Lovin’, was Mills’ first gold record. She quickly followed the success with 1980’s Sweet Sensation, which featured Mills’ biggest hit to date, the Reggie Lucas-produced “Never Knew Love Like This Before”. Mills returned to musical theater in 1997, playing the lead in a major production of Stephen Schwartz’s Children of Eden in New Jersey, which Schwartz has called “the definitive production” of the show.
In 2008, Mills began a comeback with singles recorded with BeBe Winans and rapper DMX to name a few. She made a comeback in independently-releasing Born For This on 3rd August 2004.