Stephanie Mills Biography, Age, Family, Siblings, Husband, and Net Worth
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- What does Stephanie Mills do for a living?
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- What are Stephanie Mills’s interests and hobbies?
- Is Stephanie Mills married or does she have a boyfriend?
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- Where is Stephanie Mills now?
- How tall is Stephanie Mills?
- How much money does Stephanie Mills earn?
- What is Stephanie Mills’s net worth?
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Who is Stephanie Mills?
Stephanie Dorthea Mills is a known professional American singer and songwriter. She rose to popularity as ”Dorothy” in the original 7 Time Tony Award Winning Broadway run of the musical The Wiz from 1974 to 1979. The track ”Home” later became a No. 1 U.S. R&B hit for Stephanie and her signature song.
In the 1980s, Stephanie attained five No. 1 R&B hits. They include ”Home”, ”I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love”, ”I Feel Good All Over”, ”Something in the Way (You Make Me Feel)”, and ”(You’re Puttin’) A Rush On Me”. She received a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for her track ”Never Knew Love Like This Before” in 1981.
Stephanie Mills Career
Mills sang gospel songs as a child at Brooklyn’s Cornerstone Baptist Church and started her career at the age of nine. She started by appearing in the Broadway musical Maggie Fynn. Following her win of the Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater six weeks straight at age eleven, she continued to become the opening act for the Isley Brothers. She was then signed to Paramount records by Michael Barbiero, and released her first single ”I Knew It Was Love” in 1973. Later she signed to Motown and her initial two albums there failed to produce a hit and she left the label in 1976.
How old is Stephanie Mills?
Stephanie Dorthea Mills was born on March 22, 1957, in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York, U.S. She is aged 64 as of 2021, sharing her birthday with famous people including Tyler Oakley, Merrick Hanna, Reese Witherspoon, Nick Robinson, William Shatner, James Patterson, Andrew Lloyd Webber, among others.
Stephanie Mills Family
Who are Stephanie Mills’s parents?
Stephanie Dorthea Mills was born to Joseph Mills and Christine Mills in Brooklyn, New York. She was born and brought up in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and is of American Nationality.
Does Stephanie Mills have siblings?
Mills was born to her parents as the lastborn in the family of six children. She has five siblings, brothers and sisters. Her one known sibling is sister Audrey Mills.
Stephanie Mills Education
Mills joined and studied at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, where she perfected her talent in singing.
Stephanie Mills Interests
Mills is a Christian in religion, and her singing interests began in Brooklyn’s Cornerstone Baptist Church as a child. She started her professional career at the age of nine years.
Stephanie Mills Husbands
Mills has been married three times in her life. Initially, she was married to Jeffrey Daniel from 1980 to 1983. Daniel was from a R&B/soul group Shalamar. From 1989 she was married to Dino Meminger, but they separated in 1991.
In 1993, she married Michael Saunders, and the wedding was officiated by Minister Louis Farrakhan. The couple later divorced in 2001. Stephanie also has had a short relationship with fellow musician Michael Jackson. She is currently single and divorced.
Stephanie Mills Children
Mills has one child from her relationship, son Farad Mills, who was born with Down syndrome and is aged 20 as of 2021. It is rumored that the father of the child is Meminger.
Farad wrote a book and Stephanie was glad about it asking her supporters to purchase the book and support her son.
Where does Stephanie Mills live?
The singer, songwriter presently lives in Brooklyn, New York with her son Farad.
Stephanie Mills Height
Mills has a beautiful, and sexy body with an amazing height of 4 ft 9 in (1.45 m) and a body weight of 55 kg (121 lbs).
Stephanie’s profession rose when she played Dorothy in the 7 Time Tony Award Winning Broadway musical The Wiz. It was an African-American version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Mills’s track ”Home” from the show became her signature tune for years and would be covered later by Diana Ross for the film adaptation three years later. Until 1979, commercial success in the music industry remained elusive till when she signed to the 20th Century Fox Records label.
In the label, she found her niche in mainly disco music, recording tracks like ”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 Stephanie’s first gold record and the first major hit for the James Mtume-Reggie Lucas production team.
Mills instantly followed the success with 1980’s Sweet Sensation, featuring her hit ”Never Knew Love Like This Before”. The track became a No. 12 R&B and No. 6 Pop hit in 1980, and also attained no. 4 in the UK Singles Chart. 1981’s Stephanie featured a top single for her and Teddy Pendergrass named ”Two Hearts”. Her 1983 album, Merciless, featured her song cover of Prince’s ”How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore?”, and the No. 3 dance chart track ”Pilot Error”, becoming her first dance song in the U.S.
She then had her third UK hit with ”The Medicine Song” (No. 29), in 1984 also reaching No. 1 on the U.S dance chart and No. 8 on the R&B chart. Mills went back to the theater to star in a short-lived touring revival of The Wiz on May 24, 1984, and the production ended on June 3, following 13 performances and 7 previews.
Stephanie’s recording of ”Bit by Bit (Theme from Fletch)” was featured in the Chevy Chase movie Fletch in 1985. It peaked at No. 52 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, No. 78 on the Billboard Hot 100, and No. 15 on the Dance Chart. Her success had risen until 1986 when her version of the Angela Winbush-penned ”I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love”, song No. 1 on the R&B singles chart.
She truly came back, but with her following release, If I Were Your Woman in 1987 under MCA Records, which she was now signed. The songs from the album consist of the title track, originally a hit for Gladys Knight & the Pips in 1971, a three-week No. 1 R&B hit. As well as ”I Feel Good All Over”, and ”You’re Puttin’ a Rush on Me”, to mention just a few of the tracks released. The album attained platinum status.
The same year she appeared in the NBC TV special, Motown: Merry Christmas along with other musical artists and actors. They performed the track, ”Christmas Everday”, which was written by actor/comedian Redd Foxx. Her success went up with 1989’s Home album. It included tracks such as ”The Comfort of a Man”, the title song, a cover of her old standard from The Wiz and another song penned by Winbush named Something in the Way You Make Me Feel”. The album became another platinum record for Stephanie.
Stephanie went on to record one more album (1992’s Something Real) and a Christmas album prior to being released from her deal with MCA in 1992. She again starred in the role of Dorothy in The Wiz in 1993. The revival was also short-lived concluding after 28 performances. She then launched a live gospel recording on GospoCentric Records titled Personal Inspirations in 1995. The set was produced by Donald Lawrence and featured a spiritualized remaking of her song ”I Have Learned To Respect The Power of Love”.
Afterward, she went for a break from recording to take care of her son. She later played the lead in a major production of Stephen Schwartz’s Children of Eden in New Jersey. In the show, Schwartz has named ”the definitive production” of the show. Stephanie was heavily featured in the cast recording CD that came from the production.
Mills started a return with songs recorded with BeBe Winans and rapper DMX just to mention a few in 2008. She also returned in independently releasing Born For This (launched on Expansion Records in the UK) on August 3, 2004. Mills’s initial single in more than a decade, ”Can’t Let Him Go”, attained buzz at urban contemporary radio and she is currently touring. Earlier last year, a 2-disc, career-spanning greatest songs compilation named Gold was launched by Hip-O/Universal Music. She just completed production of a live DVD recorded at BB Kings in New York, selling it online and at her shows.
Stephanie made an appearance in the 2007 gospel television series Sunday Best. Recently she was in a live interview on The Yolanda Adams Morning Show, and she mentioned that she now has her own record label (JM Records). On April 20, 2008, she performed before Pope Benedict XVI celebrating Mass at Yankee Stadium in New York. Mill’s song ”Yesterday”, is available for downloads on iTunes.
Mills launched a new track ”So In Love, This Christmas” towards the end of 2012, and is available for downloads. She was cast as Aunt Em in the NBC live musical production of The Wiz in 2015, forty years after her first Broadway run in the show. Stephanie made headlines with her response to musician Sam Smith in August 2018. Sam had mentioned in a video posted to Instagram that they did not like Michael Jackson, but the Jackson song ”Human Nature” was a ”decent song”. Her fiery response quickly attracted attention as she rebuked Smith in her own Instagram responses, both accusing him of cultural appropriation and referring to them as a ”one-hit-wonder”.
The New York Times Magazine named Stephanie Mills among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire on June 25, 2019.
Stephanie Mills Net Worth
Professional singer, songwriter, and actress, Mills has been active from 1966 to date. She has recorded many tracks and appeared in many performances making a lot of cash throughout her career. Mills has garnered a net worth of approximately, $1.5 million as of 2021.