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Anita Baker

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Baker performs at Wingate Field (2007).

Source: blogspot.com

Anita Baker is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter who has won eight Grammy Awards, and has four platinum albums and two gold albums to her credit. Growing up in Detroit, Michigan, Baker began singing in church choir when she was 12 and at 16 sang in a local group along with high school friends. In 1975 she successfully auditioned for the group Chapter 8, having been approached by bass player David Washington. She eventually signing with Ariola, releasing her first album in 1979. However, when Ariola was bought out by Arista, the group's contract was not renewed. Anita began working with a law firm as a receptionist.

In 1981, Baker signed with the label Beverly Glenn where she released the album "Songstress" in 1983. After only 5 years however, she signed with Elektra, where she produced the album "Rapture," which sold over 6 million records worldwide. That year, she won two Grammy awards: Best R&B Female Performance for the album "Rapture" and Best R&B Song for "Sweet Love". Baker also won three Grammies for her follow-up album "Giving You The Best That I Got."

Five months after giving birth to her son, Anita started writing and producing her next project, "Rhythm of Love," which was mainly recorded in her home due to another pregnancy. In September 1994 (after the birth of her second son) the album was released and attracted an 8th Grammy for Best R&B Song ("I Apologize") in 1995.

Fact file

  • Birth name: Anita Denise Baker
  • Born: January 26, 1958 (age 57) Toledo, Ohio, United States
  • Origin: Detroit, Michigan, United States
  • Genres: R&B soul jazz smooth jazz soul quiet storm
  • Occupation(s): Singer-songwriter
  • Years active: 1979–present
  • Labels: Ariola (1979) Beverly Glen Records (1982–1984) Elektra (1985–1995) Atlantic (1996–2001) Blue Note (2004–present)
  • Associated acts: Chapter 8, Michael J. Powell
  • Website: Blue Note artist page

Read more about Anita Baker at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

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