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Anita Baker (born January 26, 1958) is an eight-time Grammy Award-winning, multi-Platinum rhythm and blues and soul singer and songwriter. To date, Baker has four Platinum albums and three Gold albums to her credit.
Baker married Walter Bridgforth Jr. on Christmas Eve 1988. As of October 2007 they are finalizing their divorce . They have two sons, Walter Baker Bridgforth (born January 1993) and Edward Carlton Bridgforth (born May 1994). Baker currently lives in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.
Baker released her first album, The Songstress, in 1983. Produced by Patrick Moten and Otis Smith, the album was released on a small label, Beverly Glen Records. The album went largely ignored by the record buying public but found minor success on the R&B charts. Baker herself co-wrote the album's opening track, "Angel".
In 1985, Baker signed a contract with Elektra Records, a division of Warner Music Group. She released her second album, Rapture, in 1986. Produced by her friend Michael J. Powell (from the Detroit soul band Chapter 8), Baker wrote several tracks for the album herself including "Been So Long", "Watch Your Step" and co-wrote the single "Sweet Love" which became her first mainstream hit (#8 on the US Billboard Hot 100, #13 in the UK). "Caught Up In the Rapture", "No One In The World", and "Same Ole Love" also became major R&B and Adult Contemporary chart hits during 1986 and 1987. Rapture ultimately went on to sell 8 million copies worldwide and earned Baker two Grammy Awards. Baker's world tour for her Rapture album (entitled "A Night of Rapture") was filmed and released on home video (and DVD in 2007). 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.
Giving You The Best That I Got
Baker's third album, Giving You the Best That I Got, was released in October 1988. She again worked with Michael J. Powell, and the album became a critical and commercial success, reaching #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and selling 5 million copies worldwide (3 million in the US alone). It featured 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
Baker returned to the studio in 1990 for her fourth album (her third for Elektra), entitled Compositions. Again produced by Michael J. Powell, this time Baker became more involved in the songwriting and production process and began to experiment with jazz influences. Baker wrote or co-wrote seven of the nine songs on the album, including the hits "Talk to Me", "Fairy Tales", "No One To Blame", and "Whatever It Takes" (written with Gerald Levert). The album was mostly cut "live", in that the rhythm section was playing as Baker sang. The album included musicians Greg Philinganes, Nathan East, Paulinho da Costa, Vernon Fails, Ricky Lawson and Stephen Ferrone. Though the three singles from Compositions all failed to reach Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart ("Talk to Me" came closest at #44), 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 was certified Platinum by RIAA. The album also earned Baker her seventh Grammy Award.
Following Compositions, Elektra Records secured the rights to Baker's debut album The Songstress from 1983, and re-released it with new cover artwork in 1991.
After almost five years of touring, performing, and recording non-stop, Baker took a break, only entering the studio to record the jazz standard "Witchcraft" with Frank Sinatra for his 1993 Duets album.
Rhythm of Love
Baker's fifth album, Rhythm of Love, was issued in September 1994. After ending her successful partnership with Michael J. Powell, Baker produced most of the album herself along with many famous producers such as George Duke, Arif Mardin, Barry J. Eastmond and Tommy LiPuma. Rhythm Of Love was mainly recorded at Baker's home due to her pregnancy at the time, and she wrote five of the album's twelve songs. The album was another commercial success, peaking at #3 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart and #1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, and eventually being certified double platinum by the RIAA. The first single, "Body and Soul," became Baker's first top 40 pop hit in over five years. Baker received her eighth Grammy Award for the single "I Apologize" *(Best R&B Vocal Performance - Female) in 1995.
In June 2002, Rhino Records released "The Best of Anita Baker" (known as "Sweet Love: The Very Best of Anita Baker" in the UK, with a slightly different track listing), a compilation of material from 1983-2002.
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. At the same time Rhino Records released A Night Of Rapture: Live, a compilation that contained nine live tracks and three multimedia videos recorded in the late 1980s.
In September 2004, a decade after her last studio album, Baker released a new album, entitled My Everything. Co-Produced by Barry J. Eastmond and Baker herself, she wrote or co-wrote nine of this album's ten tracks, including a duet with Babyface, "Like You Used To Do". Though she had been out of the limelight for some consdirable time, the album was a success and debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart and #1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. The album was certified gold by the RIAA for sales of 500,000 copies in the US.
In October 2005, Baker released her first Christmas album, Christmas Fantasy. Again produced by Baker and Barry J. Eastmond, the album mixed 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".
In 2007, Baker appeared on Dave Koz's album, At The Movies. She sang "Somewhere" from the broadway musical, West Side Story.
Baker embarked on a concert tour in 2008, entitled "An Evening with Anita Baker". Her performance at DTE Energy Music Theater on July 12, 2008, was recorded and Baker has announced plans to release a new DVD and/or CD live album in early 2009.
Selective awards and recognitions
American Music Awards
Main article: Anita Baker discography
^ http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2007/Oct/26/baker-back-with-sound-that-still-captivates Baker says she is finalizing her divorce
^ name="Whitburn">Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition (Billboard Publications)
^ 2005 Canadian Smooth Jazz Award
Official Blue Note biography
MSN Music page
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