As the crazy story about Brandon Howard, the alleged long-lost son of Michael Jackson continues to buzz, Atlantans might recognize another connection: Howard’s mother, R&B singer Miki Howard, lived in Atlanta in the late-‘90s and engaged in a short-lived DJ stint on V-103.
According to AJC files, Miki Howard, who hit the charts in the late-‘80s/early-‘90s with songs including “Ain’t Nobody Like You” and “Baby Be Mine,” landed a midday slot at V-103 in July 1999, two years after moving to the city.
But by September 1999, Howard had “disappeared from the airwaves without explanation,” according to a staff story. The station’s general manager, Rick Caffey, would only comment at the time that Howard had departed “to pursue her recording career.”
Howard’s last presence on the charts was in 1996 with “Something I’ve Never Had,” which stalled at No. 105 on the Billboard R&B chart. She recently released the single “Panther,” featuring Too Short.
Brandon Howard, who performs as a singer under the stage name B Howard, is 31, so he would have been in his late teens while living in Atlanta with his mother, who is speculated to be the mystery woman in Jackson’s 1983 smash, “Billie Jean.”
Although a recent paternity test administered by FilmOn.com owner Akil David supposedly determined a 99.9 percent chance that Jackson was Brandon Howard’s father, the singer has since issued a statement that he did not authorize the testing.
“To this day, I have never claimed to be Michael Jackson’s son nor do I have any intention of pursuing the family’s estate,” Brandon Howard said.
Miki Howard hasn’t commented on the current hoopla, but sent a tweet on Thursday that simply said, “Interesting day…”