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Anita Baker (born January 26, 1958, in Toledo, Ohio) is a soul and adult contemporary Rhythm and blues singer.

With her classy, refined brand of romantic soul, Anita Baker was one of the definitive quiet storm singers of the ’80s. Gifted with a strong, supple alto, Baker was influenced not only by R&B, but jazz, gospel, and traditional pop, which gave her music a distinctly adult sophistication. Smooth and mellow, but hardly lifeless, it made her one of the most popular romantic singers of her time.

Baker was born January 26, 1958, in Toledo, OH, and raised in nearby Detroit, where she grew up listening to female jazz singers like Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, and Ella Fitzgerald. At age 12, she began singing a gospel choir, and by age 16 she was performing with several local bands. In 1975, she successfully auditioned for Chapter 8, one of Detroit’s most popular acts at the time; the group eventually signed with Ariola and released an album in 1979, but were immediately dropped when the label was acquired by Arista (which didn’t care for Baker’s vocals). Chastened, Baker worked low-paying jobs in Detroit and eventually found steady work as a receptionist at a law firm. In 1982, Otis Smith — an executive who’d worked with Chapter 8 — contacted Baker about recording for his new label Beverly Glen. Happy with her employment benefits and skittish over the experience with Arista, Baker was reluctant at first, but eventually flew out to the West Coast to record her debut album, The Songstress, in 1983.

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  • ChristFollower3

    Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works lest any man should boast.”

    22 Feb 11:17pm Reply
  • SammyWD

    IIIIIIIIIIIIIII.....Caught up in the rapture of loove!!!!!!... Nothing else can compare... When I feel the magic of you :) LOVE IT!

    16 Dec 2014 Reply
  • pbmkendall

    Please take me back, you know I can't go ooon

    7 Oct 2014 Reply
  • DavidDoubleday

    Perfection!

    10 Jul 2014 Reply
  • LaMusicLovr

    I have loved Ms. Anita since the first time I saw her promoting The Songstress on Soul Train...and through the years, I have always loved what she's done...I only wish it were more frequently!! My wish is that she would record an entire collection of standards...I would love to hear her handle "Stormy Weather"...would someone please tell her I am asking this of her, please:-}

    3 Jul 2014 Reply
  • annadmakeeva

    My all time favorite female singer, love Anita to death <3

    2 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Nashiran

    Amo!!!. Diva.

    22 May 2014 Reply
  • crej1010

    IM STILL IN LOVE WIT YOU AND YOUR MUSIC. THANK YOU ANITA

    4 Oct 2013 Reply
  • rochasergio

    SWEEEEET LOVE

    30 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Lulucasoliveira

    Sweet Looooooove

    29 May 2013 Reply
  • LOVES-DESIRE

    You bring me Joy .... Because you are the finest thing I've seen in all my Life ..... I just Love you - why can't you see .... You bring Joy - my Joy ..... Thank you Baby ..... The Joy of your Love Songs - Anita Baker ...

    16 Apr 2013 Reply
  • satan_88_level

    ^_^

    3 Apr 2013 Reply
  • BallerCraig

    So "Serious!"

    1 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Talpia2

    A FOREVER FAN OF A GREAT ARTIST

    28 Mar 2013 Reply
  • JNez

    magnificence. anita baker is fine wine; she only gets better with time.

    23 Mar 2013 Reply
  • vehelits

    Anita Baker, Sarah Vaughan, Alicia Keys singing together??? The world would explode!

    20 Sep 2012 Reply
  • EmpressEricka

    http://www.last.fm/music/Anita+Baker/+images/80945591

    31 Aug 2012 Reply
  • MeuzicAddict

    Heard her cover of "Lately" on the radio yesterday and thought it was one of her older songs. To my surprise the DJ said it was her new single. She sounds just as good now as she did then. Glad she's releasing new material.

    24 Aug 2012 Reply
  • tlukes123

    She put on a great show last night in Hollywood!

    23 Aug 2012 Reply
  • EmpressEricka

    Only Forever due out 10.23.2012. http://t.co/9tVPaBLI

    7 Aug 2012 Reply
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