Soul Diva Stephanie Mills was born on March 22, 1957 in Brooklyn, NY, and she honed her rich vocals singing gospel music at Brooklyn’s Cornerstone Baptist Church as a small child. At age 9, she began appearing in the Broadway play, Maggie Flynn. She was presented with first prize after winning “The Amateur Hour” talent contest six weeks straight at New York’s famed Apollo Theater when she was nine. That success led to her being chosen as the opening act for The Isley Brothers, eventually becoming good friends with lead singer Ronald Isley. Many years later, Isley would manage and later marry singer songwriter Angela Winbush who co-wrote one of her number one R&B hits. Mills’ debut album, ‘Movin’ In The Right Direction’ was recorded for ABC Records in 1974. A year later, she won the role of Dorothy in The Wiz.Stephanie’s rendition of the beautiful ballad “Home” was a show-stopper, mesmerizing audiences nightly at New York’s Majestic Theatre from 1/5/75 through 1/28/79. The original cast recording of The Wiz was produced by Jerry Wexler and issued by Atlantic Records in spring 1975 (still available on CD).