As Martinelli himself confessed in Billboard, he didnt try to hide that his inspiration of this sudden change in style came from Anita Bakers Rapture album: I said I was going to get away from machines, and I did.I was impressed when I heard Anita Bakers albums; I felt that mechanical sound was definitely missing, and thats what I went after (Billboard, September 5, 1986).The backing is really faceless, using programmed drums and synths, but that was the easiest way to get airplay and a sizeable hit for a new (solo) artist in the soul scene.
As a consequence, Miki managed to get a solo recording deal with Atlantic in 1986 and late same year her debut album was ready to be released.
Come Share My Love Atlantic LP 7816881, 1987 A 1) Come Share My Love 2) Love Will Find a Way 3) Imagination 4) Come Back to Me Lover B 1) I Can't Wait (To See You Alone) 2) I Surrender 3) My Friend 4) You Better Be Ready to Love Me 5) Do You Want My Love Atlantic tried to mould Miki Howard to become a new Whitney Houston, and had hired producer Le Mel Humes to do the job.
The single didnt quite reach the top ten, but it was close (peak position # 13).
Ive heard a rather effective 12 inch remix of the third single Come Back to Me Lover, which is a better-than-average upbeat mover with Miki singing delicious ad-lib parts over the groovy programmed backing. The fourth cut on the A-side of the vinyl album was Love Will Find a Way, a mediocre Le Mel Humes tune in a mid-paced backing coloured by Jeff Smiths short saxophone solo. It contains two cuts produced by keyboard player Peter Scherer, the first of which is a spirited dancer with a brilliant horn section (Jerry Hey, Gary Grant, Dick Hyde, Larry Hall) and some Latin-style percussion work by Bashiri Johnson.
All the hit singles were picked from the A-side, which is quite strong, indeed.
The opening song Come Share My Love peaked at position 5 on Billboard soul chart, and it reminded me of Whitneys punchiest cuts, with an instantly memorable melody line and powerful singing over a mid-tempo beat.Anyway, with a more distinctive production and arrangements, the album would have been much more worthwhile.But even as such, it contained several notable tracks.The next single pick was, quite surprisingly, a jazz standard Imagination (by Burke / Van Heusen), best known from Glen Millers repertoire.You can actually find hundreds of matches in the database who have recorded the same song.Alicia Michelle Howard was born September 30, 1960 in Chicago.