After a period of time, Howard became a Side Effect member in 1979—replacing the departure of Sylvia St. The album did not do well on the charts as well as the next two Elektra albums Portraits and All Aboard.

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Le Mel Humes produced several tracks and became a close friend, working with Howard on future albums throughout her career.

Her success continued with two more Top 10 R&B singles from the album, Nick Martinelli produced, soul ballad "Baby, Be Mine" climbed to number five on the R&B Singles chart.

Howard begin recording songs for her debut album, Come Share My Love released in 1986.

The album was produced by Le Mel Humes, would peak to number 19 on the Billboard Top R&B Albums. The song peaked to number five on the Billboard R&B Singles chart.

Alicia Michelle "Miki" Howard (born September 30, 1960) is an American singer and actress who had a string of Top 10 hit songs in the mid–1980s and early–1990s, including "Baby, Be Mine"(1987), "Come Share My Love" (1986) and "Love Under New Management" (1990). Howard's mother took her to the homes of various stars such as Aretha Franklin and Mavis Staples.

"Ain't Nobody Like You" (1992) and "Ain't Nuthin' in the World" (1989) both peaked at number one on the U. At the age of nine, Howard and her family moved to Los Angeles where Howard's mother sang in a choir led by Caravans member and arranger James Cleveland.Howard and Gerald's group Le Vert, embarked on a U. On March 30, 1988, Howard won a Soul Train Music Award for Best New Artist.In November 1989, Howard released her third album, the self-titled Miki Howard, which would become her final album on Atlantic Records.The final single, "Come Back to Me Lover" was released charting to number 33, on the R&B singles chart.In November 1987, Howard released her second album, Love Confessions.And they’re like, ‘Oh, Todd is cool.'” It looks like Kandi has created some loving relationships with her extended families, that’s a beautiful thing and it would have been really interesting to see Gerald and Kandi remain in a long relationship while he was here.