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Mica Paris's Biography

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Who is Mica Paris?

Mica Paris was born on 27 April 1969. She went to Lewisham Girls and got her breakthrough in the music business at 17 when she became a backing vocalist with Hollywood Beyond.

Although Mica Paris went on to release several albums it was her debut in 1988, 'So Good', that produced her most famous song 'You Are My One Temptation'.

Mica Paris has presented Soul Solutions on BBC Radio 2 as well as radio documentaries such as Purple Reign: The Prince Story and a six-part series on Aretha Franklin.

Mica Paris has also hosted shows on TV and although in the past they have had a musical theme, more recently together with Lisa Butcher, Mica Paris took over the presenting of What Not To Wear from Trinny and Susannah.

As well as drawing inspiration from Chaka Khan, who is godmother to her daughter, Mica Paris told The Guardian about the importance of Whitney Houston:

"Whitney opened the door for people like me, while Diana Ross opened the door for Whitney, so you need these major artists to make it happen for so many other people. I've got a lot to thank that girl for. So Whitney, get your arse together and make another bloody record, for God's sake."

In Strictly Come Dancing, Mica Paris danced with Ian Waite, however she was surprisingly the first woman to be voted off. Nicholas Owen had faced the chop in the first week.

In 2008, Mica Paris was one of the celebrities cast in the reality show CelebAir.

She was also a judge on Gok Wan's show Miss Naked Beauty.

Asked by The Guardian about her reputation for being difficult Mica Paris replied:

"I always followed my heart. If I don't feel something, I don't do it, and if that makes me a diva, cool. But I'm nice to everybody. No one can say that I'm rude. I'm very fussy but not demanding. I don't suffer fools, either. I'm a black British woman and I have to represent, to let people know we are not stupid. The minute I look like I'm selling out, or I'm not correct in what I'm doing, I've got a lot of backlash coming. I'm very conscious of that, and if that makes me difficult, fine."

In 2009, she told Reveal how she went from 15 stone 4lb to 13 stone 4lb in only four months, and added: "Turning 40 has been great for me. I have a new man in my life, a new album Born Again coming out, I'm in great shape and things could not be better."

In April 2017, she released cover versions of Ella Fitzgerald songs.

In 2020, Mica Paris joined EastEnders in the role of Ellie Nixon.

In the same year she was made an MBE.

Chris Eubank is her cousin.

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