Saturday, November 1, 2008

Milira

Milira (born Milira Jones on September 27, 1969 in Hollis, New York) is a female R&B singer from the '90s. Her mother and aunt were members of the Wilsonettes (who were backup singers for the late Jackie Wilson).

Milira started singing in church at a young age and by the time she was 11 years old, she was a back-up singer for various gospel groups in studio sessions.

In the late 80s, she won a singing contest at the Apollo Theater which lead to a recording contract with the Motown Records-distributed label, Apollo Records. Jheryl Busby (who was known for working with R&B group, the Boys) dubbed her "the 19-year-old Sarah Vaughn."
In 1990, Milira released her self-titled debut album, which peaked at #29 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album, a cover version of Marvin Gaye's "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" which peaked at #21 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
The follow-up single, "Go Outside in the Rain" peaked at #36 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks.
In 1992, Milira released her sophomore album, "Back Again!!!" which peaked at #81 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart and #29 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart.
The first single, "One Man Woman" peaked at #45 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
The follow-up single from the album, "Three's a Crowd" peaked at #94 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 2 weeks.
In 2000, Milira released her third album, "Solutions" which didn't generate a lot of success on the charts. After leaving the music biz, she became a high school teacher in New York, but retired after sustaining severe injuries in a motorcycle accident.

These days, she works as a real estate investor in North & South Carolina along with writing & producing for an upcoming album which is yet to be released.

To see the music video for "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JycWJAa-DCs

To see the music video for "Go Outside in the Rain," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fItHQUvNm-I

To see a fan-made video for "One Man Woman," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOiEMuiMYvU

To see a fan-made video for "Three's a Crowd," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhxwS24UNDA


[updated on 03/23/13]

2 comments:

Keshia Hawk said...

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE her!

April Harris said...

I will always love your music. Your music still brings me my happiness. Thank you for sharing your gift. You still have fans that are waiting for more.