All the tracks and albums featured in this series of articles were recorded at the world famous recording studio Sigma Sound Studios and the short-lived recording studio Alpha International Recording Studios, both based in the city of Philadelphia during the 1980s, with some singles reaching the Top five in the 1990s due to the time of release by the respective recording labels.
Before Stephanie had a successful run of hits at the Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia during the 1980s, she had three brilliant gold-certified albums, recorded during the period from the late 1970s into the early 1980s, that were recorded at the Sigma Sound Studios in New York City. All the albums were produced by James Mtume and Reggie Lucas. The three albums were “What Cha’ Gonna Do with My Lovin’” (1979), “Sweet Sensation” (1980), and “Stephanie” (1981).
Stephanie Mills is the only black female artist to have achieved gold-certified albums from the two studios. She was one of a number of established female artists not originally from Philadelphia to record brilliant tracks at Sigma Sound Studios. One of these number one tracks was produced by the late Ron Kersey (studio musician and member of the MFSB Band) on Stephanie Mills’ self-titled album released on MCA Records in 1986. The track “I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love” charted at number one week-ending 3rd May 1986 (2 weeks) on the Billboard Hot Soul and R&B Singles Chart. It was Mills’ first number one single.
The following year she reached number one with a beautiful Soul ballad “Feeling Good All Over”. This track was produced by another producer originally from Philadelphia by the name of Nick Martinelli. The song peaked at the top of Billboard Hot Soul and R&B Singles Chart week-ending 4th July 1987 (3 weeks). The single was taken from her first platinum-certified album “If I Were Your Woman”. The album was well-received by critics and became a commercial success, peaking at number thirty on the Billboard Hot 200 Albums Chart and also reached the number one position on the Billboard Hot Soul and R&B Albums Chart week-ending 5th September 1987 (1 week).
Stephanie Mills had her final number one single from the gold-certified album “Home”, which features Philadelphia record producer Nick Martinelli as the main producer on the project. The single was simply entitled “Home”. It peaked at number one week-ending 25th November 1989 (1 week).