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Napata was born and raised in the "Windy City" of Chicago, Illinois, home of the Blues where a few Blues Legends such as Muddy Waters and Howling Wolf made their mark. The world-renowned recording companies Chess Records and Capital Records were based there.

Growing up in Chicago, Napata was the oldest of nine children, and the 2nd lead vocalist of her five member singing group which featured 4 of her siblings (three brothers, and a sister). They called themselves "The Baby Miracles" The name was adopted after the famous 60's Motown singing group "Smoky Robinson and the Miracles."

It was at age eleven in the early 60's when a talent agent who had founded the program "Teens with Talent" discovered Napata. Napata and her 4 siblings were invited in to audition. Teens with Talent was the launching pad for Napata's professional career in singing. Napata and the Baby Miracles went on to perform in various festivals and private events around the Chicago area. In Napata's freshman year of high school she was invited to join a teen performance show with Chicago's own Oscar Brown Jr. Touring around the urban neighborhoods of Chicago playing to large neighborhood audiences on the back of a 18 wheeler flat bed truck in full musical performances, Napata and a host of other gifted teen singers and dancer performed along side Oscar Brown Jr. himself.

While in high school Napata formed a girl group by the name of The Simplistics. This trio performed and won many high school talent contests over a 4-year period. One agent in particular was scouting talent for a new record label founded by the Legendary Jerry Butler known as the former lead singer of "The Impressions" as in "Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions." In 1965 while still in high school, Napata and her girl group The Simplistics were signed to Jerry's record label "Scepter" where they were renamed "The Ivorys." They recorded "Please Stay" & "I'm In A Groove" on a 45 disc which landed a position at number 65 of 100 on the Chicago radio and national record charts. While on the Scepter Label, Napata had many amazing opportunities to record backup vocals for such legendary names as, Jackie Wilson, Maxine Brown, and Jerry Butler as well. This experience would lead to Napata's professional, and solo career.
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