Stephanie Mills

Born Mar 22, 1957

Stephanie Dorthea Mills is an American R&B, soul and gospel singer, and a former Broadway star.

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1957 Birth Born on March 22, 1957.


1973 16 Years Old In 1973, Mills was signed to Paramount records by Michael Barbiero, and her first single "I Knew It Was Love" was released. … Read More
1976 19 Years Old Her first two albums there failed to produce a hit, and she left the label in 1976. … Read More


1979 22 Years Old Commercial success in the music industry remained elusive until 1979, when she signed to the 20th Century Fox Records label. … Read More
…  Mills' 1980 song "Never Knew Love Like This Before" won a Grammy Award for best R&B vocal performance. … Read More
1984 27 Years Old On May 24, 1984, Mills returned to theater to star in a short-lived touring revival of The Wiz. … Read More
1985 28 Years Old In 1985, Mills's recording of "Bit by Bit (Theme from Fletch)" was featured in the Chevy Chase film, Fletch, and reached #52 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart and #78 on The Billboard Hot 100.
1986 29 Years Old Success for Mills had peaked until 1986, when her version of the Angela Winbush-penned "I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love", hit #1 on the R&B singles chart.


1987 - 1989 2 More Events
1992 35 Years Old Mills would record one more album (1992's Something Real) and a Christmas album before being released from her contract with MCA in 1992.
1993 36 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1993, she once again starred in the role of Dorothy in "The Wiz". … Read More
1995 38 Years Old Mills released a live gospel recording in 1995 on GospoCentric Records entitled Personal Inspirations. … Read More


1997 40 Years Old In 1997, Mills played 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. … Read More
2002 45 Years Old In 2002, Ebony magazine reported that Mills had been married in the 1980s for a brief period, to Jeffrey Daniel from the soul group Shalamar and again in the mid-1980s to Dino Meminger but that both marriages had ended in less than two years.
2004 47 Years Old She made a comeback in independently-releasing Born For This (released on Expansion Records in the UK) on 3 August 2004. … Read More


2007 50 Years Old Mills made an appearance in the 2007 gospel TV series Sunday Best and was recently featured in a live interview on The Yolanda Adams Morning Show, where she mentioned that she now has her own record label (JM Records).
2008 51 Years Old Mills performed prior to Pope Benedict XVI celebrating Mass at Yankee Stadium in New York on April 20, 2008.
2012 55 Years Old Her track, "Yesterday", is available for download on iTunes. Towards the end of 2012, Mills released a new single "So In Love This Christmas", available for download.
2015 58 Years Old In 2015, Mills was cast as Aunt Em in the NBC live musical production of The Wiz, forty years after her initial Broadway run in the show.
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