Also, who knew Jermaine Jackson discovered Stephanie Mills? Listen in as she talks about the time she use to date Michael Jackson. She has been in five celebrity relationships averaging less than one year each. With almost half a century in the entertainment business, veteran Stephanie Mills is still doing what she loves; music. Fresh off her headlining performance during New York City’s Blue Note Music Festival in June, the 55-year-old spoke “On Air With Egypt” recently via Atlanta’s V103 about who she likes and dated in the music business. is an American R&B, soul and gospel singer, songwriter and Broadway star.She rose to stardom as "Dorothy" in the original Broadway run of the musical The Wiz from 1975 to 1977. In the 1980s she scored five No.1 R&B hits, including "Home", "I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love", "I Feel Good All Over", "(You're Puttin') A Rush on Me" and "Something in the Way (You Make Me Feel)".Mills's career took a rise when she portrayed Dorothy in the Broadway musical The Wiz, an African-American adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
We used to ride up Ventura Boulevard [in LA] and he’d want me to go and get them! It’s still hard for me to wrap my head around Natalie’s passing — she was always so kind to me.The resulting album, What Cha' Gonna Do with My Lovin', was Mills's first gold record and the first major hit for the James Mtume-Reggie Lucas production team.She quickly followed the success with 1980's Sweet Sensation, which featured Mills's hit "Never Knew Love Like This Before".We all met up at a party for the Jackson Five here in New York and it’s always been one of my dreams to be with Motown – Diana Ross is truly my idol! His bodyguard and a friend/publicist are with him, and when it comes time for photos, the publicist calls him into another room to tell him to take off his undershirt; when he comes back, Michael says that he could have been told that in front of us. You can’t do that in an untaped or unrecorded performance. Stephanie: (screams) Monique: Tell us about it, baby. Now, I’ll say this, he was truly my boyfriend and I don’t know if I was really his girlfriend, but he was my boyfriend, okay? (cheers, Steph claps) Monique: The greatest to walk the face of the Earth. I made him rice one day and he said the rice was really runny – but I can’t cook, I don’t profess to cook. At around about the same time, Burt Bacharach had seen the show and expressed an interest in working with me, so when I went out to Los Angeles to meet with Berry Gordy, and he asked who I’d like as producers. He’d arrived late the night before and is staying an extra day so he can go see The Wiz starring Stephanie Mills (there were rumored publicity attempts to drum up a fake romance with her to calm down Michael’s black female fans who were upset he was never seen with a black girl). It makes me sad to think of all the great actors who have played roles we would give anything to see, but they’re lost to us because they couldn’t be, or simply weren’t, recorded. And we spent a lot of – I got the chance to spend a lot of time with him. Stephanie: You know there’s some people that, like I won’t let anyone say anything bad about you ’cause you’re my girl and I won’t let anyone say anything bad things about people that I love.