Never Knew Love Like This Before
|"Never Knew Love Like This Before"|
|Single by Stephanie Mills|
|from the album Sweet Sensation|
|A-side||"Never Knew Love Like This Before"|
|Label||20th Century-Fox Records|
|Writer(s)||James Mtume, Reggie Lucas|
|Producer(s)||James Mtume, Reggie Lucas|
|Stephanie Mills singles chronology|
"Never Knew Love Like This Before" is a Grammy Award-winning hit song written by James Mtume and Reggie Lucas and recorded by American R&B singer Stephanie Mills. The song is the second and final single from Mills' 1980 album, Sweet Sensation. The song became Mills' biggest hit on the Billboard Pop Singles Chart, where it peaked at No. 6, outperforming her previously highest charting single, "Whatcha Gonna Do with My Lovin'", which peaked at No. 22. The single was also successful on the R&B and Adult Contemporary charts, peaking at No. 12 and No. 5, respectively. On the UK Singles Chart, the track climbed to No. 4.
Nominations and accolades
Mills was nominated for Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist at the 7th and 8th American Music Awards. At the 23rd Grammy Awards the song won two awards: one for Best R&B Song, which is presented to the songwriter(s) (James Mtume and Reggie Lucas), and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance (Stephanie Mills).
Natalia recorded the song for her 2004 album This Time.
Filipino singer Lani Misalucha covered the song for her 2008 album Reminisce and was the featured song in an episode of ABS-CBN's Your Song. South African Idol's Season 4 winner, Jodie Williams, recorded an uptempo remake of this song for her debut album, Just Gonna Be Me.
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