Michael Steele is an American singer, songwriter, and bassist. She is most popular for being the primary bassist of the hit band ‘The Bangles.’
As of 2023, Micki Steele's net worth is estimated to be $7 million.
|Net Worth||$7 million|
|Given Name||Michael Susanne Nancy Thomas|
|Famous Name||Micki Steele|
|Source(s) of Fame||Singer, Songwriter, Musician|
|Date of Birth||June 2, 1955|
|Place of Birth||Pasadena, California, USA|
Michael Susanne Nancy Thomas was born on the 2nd of June 1955 in Pasadena, California. She was raised in the suburban area of NewPort Beach.
Michael, famously known as Micki, began her career as part of the 70s teenage girl group ‘The Runaways.’ She worked as both lead singer and bass player for the band before her departure a few months later. Mick’s departure was unforeseen and happened a few months before the band began recording their debut self-titled album. Numerous reports came out at the time citing Micki’s age as the reason for her being fired from the band. She later debunked the rumors and opened up about being fired by Kim Fowley for rejecting his sexual advances.
During her time with The Runaways, the band recorded a demo session that was later released as the album ‘Born to Be Bad.’ Micki was the primary bassist and sang lead vocals for the majority of the songs on the album. She also received a songwriting credit for co-writing alongside Sandy West and Kim Fowley. Word of a second demo session began to circulate however it remains unreleased to date.
After leaving the group, Micki tried her hand in other bands like ‘Elton Duck,’ ‘Slow Children,’ and ‘Toni and the Movers.’ This period allowed Micki to grow musically and play live, making her a respected bassist.
In 1983, Micki replaced Annette Zilinskas in the all-girl group ‘The Bangles’ working solely as the band’s bassist. She offered lead vocals at a live performance of Yardbird’s version of ‘I’m not Talking.’ In 1984, The Bangles debuted their first album ‘All over the Place’ with a bass solo from Micki on ‘Tell Me.’ Having not written any songs for the album, Micki wrote and recorded the spoken word piece ‘El Pollo Loco.’
The Bangles followed up their lead album with the sophomore album ‘Different Light’ in 1986. The album was an overall success bearing the hit songs ‘Walk Like an Egyptian’ and ‘Manic Monday.’ Fortunately, Micki had two lead songs showcasing both her vocals and bass prowess. She also received writing credit for the song ‘Following’ which was considered a standout by critics.
In 1988, the group released their third album ‘Everything.’ Micki was credited with writing the songs ‘Complicated Girl,’ ‘Something to Believe In,’ and ‘Glitter Years.’ She wrote two other songs ‘Happy Man Today,’ and ‘Between the Two’ which were not featured in the album. The group surprised fans during their summer tour by performing the song ‘Happy Man Today’ live. Unfortunately, the band broke up soon after the release of this album.
Free from the confines of being in a band, Micki commenced writing and recording solo music with the hope of launching a solo career but shelved the idea. She later joined the band ‘Crash Wisdom ’and started working on music but broke apart soon after without releasing most of their music. Micki eventually left Los Angeles for North California to focus on her painting.
Micki continued to share her skills with numerous other projects until late 1999 when The Bangles reunited. The band created the 15 song album ‘Doll Revolution’ that was released in 2003. Micki once again received writing credit for two songs on the album. The inability of the band to tour widely to support the album launch led Micki to leave the band.
Since her quiet exit from The Bangles, Micki has kept a low profile, and it is unclear what she has been up to over the years.
Micki is currently inactive on all social media platforms.
Micki Steele is a talented American musician and bassist. She has a net worth of $7 million.