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Stephanie Mills is an American singer/songwriter/actress from Brooklyn, New York City. Mills sang gospel as a child at Brooklyn’s Cornerstone Baptist Church. She began her professional career at age nine, appearing on Broadway in Maggie Flynn. After winning Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater at age eleven, Mills opened for The Isley Brothers. In 1973, Mills was signed to Paramount Records, and released the single “I Knew It Was Love.” Mills was later signed to Motown Records. Her two albums for label failed to produced any hits, and Mills left the label in 1976. Mill’s career took off when she portrayed Dorothy in the Broadway music The Wiz, an African American adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz. The song “Home” would become her signature song for years to come, and would be covered by Diana Ross in the film adaption three years later. Commercial success in the music industry would elude Mills until 1979, when she signed with 20th Century Fox Records. Her debut album, ‘What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin”, featured the hits “What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin”, “Put Your Body In It” and “You Can Get Over.” Her sophomore effort, “Sweet Sensation”, produced the hit title track and “Never Knew Love Like This Before.” Her third studio effort, “Stephanie”, featured a duet with Teddy Pendergrass “Two Hearts.” She has also released the albums “Tantalizingly Hot” (1982), “Merciless” (1983), “I’ve Got The Cure” (1984), “Stephanie Mills” (1985), “If I Were Your Woman” (1987), “Home” (1989), “Something Real” (1992), “Personal Inspirations” (1994) and “Born For This” (2004).