Born in Chicago, Illinois, Alicia Michelle "Miki" Howard was the daughter of two well-known gospel singers. Howard signed a contract with Atlantic Records in the mid-1980s and recorded her first solo album, "Come Share My Love", in 1986. The title track from the album was its first single, hitting the top ten of the R&B charts and reaching number five in late 1986. A remake of the pop standard "Imagination," which Howard had fought to include on "Come Share My Love," was another hit from the album. Howard's second solo album, 1988's "Love Confessions", offered another top-five R&B hit with "Baby Be Mine." "That's What Love Is," a duet with Gerald Levert, also hit the R&B charts. In the meantime, Howard's third solo album, "Miki Howard," was released in 1989 and proved her most commercially successful to date. The single "Ain't Nuthin' in the World" became Howard's first number-one hit on the R&B charts and another song, "Love Under New Management," followed it to number two and became one of Howard's signature tunes. Howard continued with a successful solo career after switching to Giant Records in 1991. Her first single under her new contract, "Ain't Nobody like You," became Howard's second number-one R&B hit. The subsequent album, 1992's "Femme Fatale," featured Howard's renditions of classic tracks originally performed by Dinah Washington ("This Bitter Earth") and Billie Holiday ("Good Morning Heartache"). She released "Live Plus" in 1996 and a comeback album of original material, "Can't Count Me Out," in 1997. After a four year hiatus, "Three Wishes," was released in 2001 to excellent reviews. The album earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Traditional R&B Recording.She followed that with "Pillow Talk" (2006), "Private Collection" (2008), "I Choose To Be Happy" (2015) and a live recording "Miki Howard- Live In Concert" in 2015.