Anita Baker is a legendary R&B singer whose soulful voice takes control of any room she’s in. Born on January 26, 1958, Baker grew up with a love for singing. Raised by her aunt, Baker quickly found her sound in the church and also performed in local nightclubs. The singer’s talent led her to being discovered by Chapter 8 bandleader David Washington. Baker soon joined the group and became lead vocalist of the funk band in 1975.
The group’s first album with Baker, Chapter 8, was released in 1979 under Ariola Records. The album spun hits like “I Just Want To Be Your Girl” and “Ready For Love.” Around the same time, the group was unfortunately released from Ariola Records when it was bought out by Arista Records.
Wanting to continue her career, Baker signed to Beverly Glen Records. In 1983 Baker's debut solo album, Songstress, was released. Singles like "Angel, "No More Tears" and "Will You Be Mine" permeated through the airwaves and rose to the top of the charts with "Angel" scoring the No. 5 spot on the R&B charts. After this album, Baker left Beverly Glen Records over creative differences and found her way to Elektra Records in 1985.
At Elektra Records, Baker released her renowned album, Rapture, in 1986. The hit album peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard 200 and produced hits like “Sweet Love” and “Caught Up In The Rapture Of Love.” Baker took the late ‘80s by storm and grew to be a mega star by creating chart-topping hit after hit. The star's music jolted her to newer heights resulting in winning multiple Grammy Awards. Baker also set out for her first tour, The Rapture Tour, in '86 through '87.
The star's momentum didn't stop there. In 1988, the star released her third album, Giving You The Best That I've Got. The album quickly soared to the top of the charts and sold millions of copies. The album also went 3x platinum, making Baker’s musical influence undeniable. By 1990 Baker was ready to give the world her third album, Compositions. The alum sold numerous copies and gave us singles like "Talk To Me" and "Fairy Tales."
After this album, Baker took a break from performing to focus on her family life. By 1994, the star released her fifth studio album, Rhythm Of Love, but quickly returned to her home life to raise her two sons. The legendary singer received multiple accolades for her work, and in 2005 bequeathed an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music.
Throughout time, Baker’s music resonated with audiences of all ages and races alike. With her extensive body of work, which spans decades, Baker continues to be one of the most legendary artists of all time.