|Birth name||Anita Baker|
|Born||January 26, 1958 |
Toledo, Ohio, United States
|Origin||Detroit, Michigan, United States|
|Genre(s)||R&B, soul, quiet storm, adult contemporary, smooth jazz|
|Label(s)||Beverly Glen (1981–1984)|
Blue Note (2004–present)
|Website||Blue Note Artist Page|
Anita Baker (born January 26, 1958) is an eight-time Grammy Award-winning, multi-Platinum rhythm and blues and soul singer and songwriter, renowned for her soaring alto vocal range. Events 1340 - King Edward III of England is declared King of France. Year 1958 ( MCMLVIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. This article is about the city in Ohio, USA. For Toledo Spain, see that article Ohio ( is a Midwestern state of the United States. As part of the Great Lakes region, Ohio has long been a cultural and geographical crossroads The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Michigan ( is a Midwestern state of the United States of America. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the A music genre is a categorical and typological construct that identifies musical sounds as belonging to a particular category and type of music that can be distinguished from other Soul music is a Music genre that combines Rhythm and blues and Gospel music, originating in the United States. Quiet storm is a late-night radio format featuring soulful Slow jams pioneered in the mid-1970s by then-station-intern Melvin Lindsey at WHUR-FM, Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreviated AC, refers to styles of popular music that ranges from "lush Sixties pop often vocal -based and rooted in Smooth jazz, also sometimes referred to as new adult contemporary music is generally described as a genre of music that utilizes instruments (and at times improvisation A songwriter is someone who writes the Lyrics to songs the Musical composition (chords or Melody to songs or both In the Music industry, a record label can be a Brand and a Trademark associated with the Marketing of music recordings and Music Elektra Records is a now-dormant American Record label owned by Warner Music Group (WMG and from 2004 on operating under WMG's Atlantic Records Atlantic Records ( Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American Record label best known for its many recordings of Rhythm & blues, Rock Events 1340 - King Edward III of England is declared King of France. Year 1958 ( MCMLVIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The Grammy Awards (originally called the Gramophone Awards)—or Grammys —are presented annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Soul music is a Music genre that combines Rhythm and blues and Gospel music, originating in the United States. A songwriter is someone who writes the Lyrics to songs the Musical composition (chords or Melody to songs or both Alto is a musical term derived from the Latin word altus, meaning "high" that has several possible interpretations
Born in Toledo, Ohio and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Anita Baker began singing in a Baptist church choir at the age of 12. This article is about the city in Ohio, USA. For Toledo Spain, see that article Ohio ( is a Midwestern state of the United States. As part of the Great Lakes region, Ohio has long been a cultural and geographical crossroads Michigan ( is a Midwestern state of the United States of America. Baptist is a term describing individuals belonging to a Baptist church or a Baptist denomination. Four years later, while singing with the band Humanity, Baker was approached by bass player David Washington of Chapter 8 to audition for the group. Chapter 8 was a Detroit soul group of the 1970s and '80s formed by Michael J
In 1975, Baker subsequently joined Chapter 8, the most popular group of Detroit at the time. They spent a couple of years playing in and around Detroit and eventually signed a record deal with Ariola. Ariola Records (also known as Ariola and Ariola-Eurodisc is a German Record label, as of the late 80s a daughter label of BMG which in return has become a part The self-titled album came out in fall 1979, with two singles hitting the R&B charts: "Ready for Your Love" and "I Just Wanna Be Your Girl. " The label Ariola Records later ran into financial trouble and the company was purchased by Arista. Arista Records (ˈɛərɪstə is an American Record label. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment and operates under the Arista's executives refused to renew Chapter 8's record deal while Baker was a part of the group. After being rejected, Baker went back home to Detroit and got a job as a receptionist for a local law firm.
In 1981, Otis Smith, the man behind Chapter 8's contract, formed his own label Beverly Glen. Remembering Baker's vocals, he got her telephone number from a Chapter 8 member and called her in late 1982. Baker refused the job at first due to her duties as a receptionist. However, she agreed to sign with the label and try again with a music career. In 1983, Baker released her debut album The Songstress. The Songstress was Anita Baker 's solo debut album released in 1983 by Beverly Glen Music. Two of the album's singles, "Angel" and "No More Tears", became smash hits on the R&B charts. By the spring of 1984, Baker had five chart hits and was close to a gold record.
In 1985, Baker got a major label contract with Elektra Records, a division of Warner Music Group. Elektra Records is a now-dormant American Record label owned by Warner Music Group (WMG and from 2004 on operating under WMG's Atlantic Records Warner Music Group (WMG is the third-largest of the "big four" major record labels, the others being Sony BMG, EMI, and Universal She released her second album, Rapture in 1986, produced by her friend from Chapter 8, Michael J. Powell This album reafforded her the opportunity to stretch her skills; she wrote "Been So Long", "Watch Your Step" and "Sweet Love". Rapture was the breakout 1986 album for Rhythm and blues Singer Anita Baker earning her two Grammy Awards in 1987 Michael J Powell is an American R&B Musician, Producer and Arranger who is best known for his work as producer for eight time Grammy Award "Sweet Love" is the title of a popular song from 1986 by R&B singer Anita Baker. "Sweet Love", "Caught Up In the Rapture", "No One In The World", and "Same Ole Love" became major R&B and Adult Contemporary chart hits during 1986 and 1987, with "Sweet Love" becoming a top ten pop hit as well. By the time "Rapture" had completed its chart run, it had sold 8 million copies worldwide and also earned Baker two Grammys.
In November 1986 when she was returning to Detroit to receive the key of the city, she got engaged to Walter Bridgeforth Jr. whom she'd met on an earlier trip home in January. They were married on Christmas Eve 1987.
In 1987, Baker collaborated with The Winans on the single "Ain't No Need To Worry" and this single led Baker to her third Grammy award. The Winans are an American Gospel music quartet from Detroit Michigan consisting of brothers Marvin Carvin Michael and Ronald Winans. At the same time, she also worked on her follow-up album Giving You The Best That I Got in between a busy performance schedule. Giving You The Best That I Got is the third Music album from R&B Singer Anita Baker. This album was released in October 1988. She worked with Michael J. Powell again, and the album became a critical and commercial success, which sold another 5 million copies worldwide. Michael J Powell is an American R&B Musician, Producer and Arranger who is best known for his work as producer for eight time Grammy Award It features such hits as "Just Because" and the title track, which became Baker's biggest pop hit, reaching number three on the Billboard Hot 100 while going to number one R&B and Adult Contemporary. Critics noted that, single-handedly, through her first two albums, "Anita Baker has set a new standard and helped redefine the sound of contemporary music recorded by female vocalists in the '80s and the '90s. "
Baker returned to the studio in 1990 for her third Elektra album Compositions. Elektra Records is a now-dormant American Record label owned by Warner Music Group (WMG and from 2004 on operating under WMG's Atlantic Records Compositions is Anita Baker 's fourth Studio album. The album peaked at #5 on Billboard 200. On it, Anita wanted to be more involved in song writing and wished to experiment with jazz. Baker wrote seven of the songs on this album, including the hits "Talk to Me", "Fairy Tales", "No One To Blame", and "Whatever It Takes" (written with Gerald Levert) and "Soul Inspiration". The album was mostly cut live, meaning that the rhythm section was playing as Baker sang. The album was produced by Michael J. Powell and included musicians Greg Philinganes, Nathan East, Paulinho da Costa, Vernon Fails, Ricky Lawson and Stephen Ferrone. Paulinho Da Costa ( May 31, 1948) is a Percussionist born in Rio de Janeiro Brazil, and is considered one of the most recorded musicians Baker's involvement in the whole recording process gave the album a personal touch and for the effort she received her 7th Grammy award.
Though the three singles from Compositions all failed to reach Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart ("Talk to Me" came closest to the top 40, at #44 pop), they still became Top 20 hits on the R&B Singles Chart and were also moderate Adult Contemporary hits. Compositions peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart, #3 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, #4 on the Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz Albums, and still was certified Platinum by RIAA. The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard
After almost five years of touring, performing, and recording non-stop, Anita took a break, only entering the studio to record the jazz standard "Witchcraft" with Frank Sinatra for his 1993 Duets album. Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra (December 12 1915 &ndash May 14 1998 was an American singer and actor
In January 1993, Baker gave birth to her first child, a boy named Walter Baker Bridgeforth. Five months later Baker started working on her 5th album, and during the recording sessions she became pregnant again. In May 1994, with most of the album completed, Baker gave birth to a second son, Edward Carlton Bridgeforth.
Her fifth album, Rhythm of Love, was issued in September of 1994. Rhythm of Love is the fifth studio album by R&B singer Anita Baker After she ended the partnership with Michael J. Powell, Anita produced most of the album. Michael J Powell is an American R&B Musician, Producer and Arranger who is best known for his work as producer for eight time Grammy Award However, this time many famous producers like George Duke, Arif Mardin, Barry J. George Duke (born 12 January, 1946 in San Rafael California) is a piano and Synthesizer pioneer and singer Arif Mardin (Istanbul March 15, 1932 – New York June 25, 2006) was a Turkish - American Music producer Eastmond and Tommy LiPuma also contributed to the album. Tommy LiPuma (born July 5 1936) is an American music producer Rhythm Of Love was mainly recorded in Baker's home due to her pregnancy, and she wrote 5 out of 12 songs. She selected "My Funny Valentine" to be the last song, a song that proves that Anita should do an all jazz album in many fans' opinion.
This album sold exceptionally well selling 1-million copies in its first week; peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart and #1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard The first single, "Body and Soul," became Baker's first top 40 pop hit in over five years. It was certified double platinum by RIAA and received her 8th Grammy for the second single "I Apologize" for best R and B vocal performance female in 1995.
After the Rhythm Of Love album, Baker spent most of her time with her family. She appeared in a jazz-influenced soundtrack to the Billy Crystal directed 1995 film Forget Paris. Forget Paris is a 1995 film produced directed co-written by and starring Billy Crystal as an NBA referee and Debra Winger as an For this movie, Baker paired with popular Pop/R&B crooner James Ingram to record "When You Love Someone", which is produced by David Foster, and was also written with Foster, Carole Bayer Sager and Ingram. The song was nominated for a Grammy award however lost out in its category. She also recorded the theme song to the NBC television hit show "Mad About You" with its star Paul Riser. The vocal performance of the shows theme was jazzy and slower than the original. The song was put on a "Mad About You" CD which may still be purchaseable. She also did a jingle for a Cadillac commercial "making whoopee" for the Cadillac at that time.
Atlantic Records parted ways with her in December 2001. Atlantic Records ( Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American Record label best known for its many recordings of Rhythm & blues, Rock Rhino Records released her compilation The Best Of Anita Baker on June 18, 2002, and the international version had different tracks and title, Sweet Love: The Very Best Of Anita Baker. Rhino Entertainment Company is an American specialty Record label and production company owned by Warner Music Group. Events 618 - Coronation of the Chinese governor Li Yuan as Emperor Gaozu of Tang, the new Emperor of China, initiating three centuries See also 2002 (disambiguation Year 2002 ( MMII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. On May 3, 2004 this compilation was certified gold by RIAA. Events 1491 - Kongo monarch Nkuwu Nzinga is baptised by Portuguese missionaries adopting the baptismal name of João "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again "
Two years later, in March 2004, Blue Note Records announced that they had signed Baker to an exclusive recording contract that would result in at least two albums. Bruce Lundvall, president/CEO of EMI Jazz & Classics, signed her after she approached him to record for Blue Note. The EMI Group is a British music company comprising the major record company EMI Music – which operates several labels and is based in Kensington in At the same time Rhino Records released A Night Of Rapture: Live, a compilation that contains nine live tracks and three multimedia videos recorded in the late 1980s. Rhino Entertainment Company is an American specialty Record label and production company owned by Warner Music Group.
In September, after a decade, Anita Baker finally released her long-awaited original album My Everything. Co-Produced by Barry J. Eastmond and Baker herself, she wrote or co-wrote nine of this album's 10 tracks, including a duet with Babyface, "Like You Used To Do. " Though she had been out of the limelight for so long, this album became a critical and commercial success. It debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart and #1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard The album was certified gold by the RIAA for sales of 500,000 copies.
In October 2005, she released her first Christmas album, Christmas Fantasy. Once again produced by Baker and Barry J. Eastmond, the album mixes traditional Christmas carols ("God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"), standards ("I'll Be Home For Christmas"), re-imagined classics ("Frosty's Rag"), Broadway show tunes ("My Favorite Things"), and three new songs by Baker and Eastmond ("Moonlight Sleighride", "Family of Man", and "Christmas Fantasy"). She received a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance in 2007 for the song "Christmas Time Is Here. " To date, Anita Baker has four Platinum albums and three Gold albums.
|Grammy Award history|
|2006||Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance||"Christmas Time Is Here"|
from Christmas Fantasy album
|2005||Best Rhythm & Blues Album||My Everything||R&B||Nominee|
|2005||Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance||"You're My Everything"||R&B||Nominee|
|1995||Best Rhythm & Blues Album||Rhythm Of Love||R&B||Nominee|
|1995||Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance - Female||I Apologize||R&B||Winner|
|1995||Pop Vocal Collaboration||When You Love Someone||Pop||Nominee|
|1994||Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance - Female||Body and Soul||R&B||Nominee|
|1990||Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance - Female||Compositions||R&B||Winner|
|1990||Best Album Package||Compositions||R&B||Nominee|
|1989||Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance - Female||Giving You the Best That I Got||R&B||Winner|
|1988||Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance - Female||Giving You the Best That I Got||R&B||Winner|
|1988||Best Rhythm & Blues Song||Giving You the Best That I Got||R&B||Winner|
|1987||Best Soul Gospel Performance - Duo, Group, Choir or Chorus||Ain't No Need to Worry||Gospel||Winner|
|1986||Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance - Female||Rapture||R&B||Winner|
|1986||Best Rhythm & Blues Song||Sweet Love||R&B||Winner|
|American Music Award history|
|1995||Favorite Female Artist - Soul / Rhythm & Blues||Winner|
|1990||Favorite Female Artist - Soul / Rhythm & Blues||Winner|
|1988||Favorite Female Artist - Soul / Rhythm & Blues||Winner|
|1988||Favorite Soul/R&B Album||Winner||Rapture album|
|2005||International Artist of the Year||Canadian Smooth Jazz Award||Winner|
|?||Hollywood Walk of Fame||Star at 7021 Hollywood Blvd. The Grammy Awards (originally called the Gramophone Awards)—or Grammys —are presented annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Rapture was the breakout 1986 album for Rhythm and blues Singer Anita Baker earning her two Grammy Awards in 1987 "Sweet Love" is the title of a popular song from 1986 by R&B singer Anita Baker. The American Music Awards show is one of several annual major American music awards shows (among the others are the Billboard Music Awards the Grammy Awards The Rapture is a prophesied event in Christian eschatology, in which Christians will be gathered together at the return of Christ; even Christians who have died The following is a list of stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, including the category and location of each star|
|Giving You The Best That I Got|
|Rhythm of Love|
|Sweet Love: The Very Best Of Anita Baker|
|The Best Of Anita Baker|
|A Night Of Rapture: Live|
|Year||Title||Album||US Pop||US R&B||US AC||UK|
|1983||"No More Tears"||The Songstress||-||49||-||-|
|1983||"Will You Be Mine"||The Songstress||-||87||-||-|
|1983||"You're The Best Thing Yet"||The Songstress||-||28||-||-|
|1984||"Feel The Need"||The Songstress||-||67||-||-|
|1986||"Watch Your Step"||Rapture||-||23||-||-|
|1986||"Caught Up In The Rapture"||Rapture||37||6||9||51|
|1987||"Same Ole Love (365 Days A Year)"||Rapture||44||8||6||100|
|1987||"No One In The World"||Rapture||44||5||9||-|
|1987||"Ain't No Need To Worry (with The Winans)"||Decision / The Best Of Anita Baker||-||15||-||-|
|1988||"Giving You The Best That I Got"||Giving You The Best That I Got||3||1||1||55|
|1989||"Just Because"||Giving You The Best That I Got||14||1||4||93|
|1989||"Lead Me Into Love"||Giving You The Best That I Got||-||4||32||-|
|1989||"Good Love"||Giving You The Best That I Got||-||10||-||-|
|1990||"Talk To Me"||Compositions||44||3||4||68|
|1994||"Body & Soul"||Rhythm Of Love||36||4||25||48|
|1994||"I Apologize"||Rhythm Of Love||74||8||-||-|
|1995||"It's Been You"||Rhythm Of Love||-||32||-||-|
|1995||"When You Love Someone (with James Ingram)"||Forget Paris (OST) / Sweet Love: The Very Best Of||-||71||39||-|
|2004||"You're My Everything"||My Everything||74||25||40||-|
|2004||"How Does It Feel"||My Everything||-||41||-||-|
|2005||"Christmas Fantasy"||Christmas Fantasy||-||-||-||-|