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Anita Baker

Anita Denise Baker (born January 26, 1958) is an American singer-songwriter. Starting her career in the late-1970s with the funk band Chapter 8, Baker eventually released her first solo album, The Songstress, in 1983. In 1986, she rose to stardom following the release of her platinum-selling second album, Rapture, which included the Grammy-winning single "Sweet Love". To date, Baker has won eight Grammy Awards and has five platinum albums and one gold album to her credit. Baker's vocal range is contralto.

Anita Baker was born on January 26, 1958 in Toledo, Ohio. When she was two, her mother abandoned her and Baker was raised by a foster family in Detroit, Michigan. When Baker was twelve, her foster parents died and her foster sister raised her afterwards. By the time Baker was sixteen, she began singing R&B at Detroit nightclubs. After one performance, she was discovered by bandleader David Washington, who gave her a card to audition for the funk band, Chapter 8.

Baker joined the group in 1975 and the group toured relentlessly until securing a deal with Ariola Records in 1979. The group's first album, Chapter 8, was released that year and featured the singles "Ready for Your Love", a duet between Baker and band mate Gerald Lyles, and the Baker-led "I Just Want to Be Your Girl". After Ariola was bought out by Arista Records in 1979, Chapter 8 was dropped by the label who were convinced that Baker, as the group's lead singer, didn't have "star potential".

Anita began singing at the age of 12.
She is famous for her soaring alto vocal range.
Anita Baker was originally supposed to record the song "Love Shoulda Brought You Home" which is by Toni Braxton. Anita Baker backed out from recording the song due to her pregnancy and suggested that Toni Braxton record the song instead.
Anita Baker was supposed to record a song for the "Boomerang" soundtrack but was unable due to her pregnancy. The song recording was granted to Toni Braxton, whose music career was just getting started at the time.
She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
She is signed to Elektra Entertainment.




Christmas Fantasy
Christmas Time Is Here

Jazz Music

I Can't Sleep
Just Because
No One in the World
Same Ole Love (365 Days a Year)
Sweet Love
You're My Everything

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