Anita Baker

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Anita Baker

American R add

Category: Music

Born in 1958.

Countries: United States (62%), United Kingdom (14%), Michigan (8%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Jazz, Mary J. Blige, Elton John

Linked to: Warner Music Group, Recording Industry Association of America, Motown, Official Charts Company




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Anita Baker was born in 1958 add something


Joe Sample - In the 1970s, as the Jazz Crusaders became simply the Crusaders and branched out into popular sounds, Sample became known as a L.A. studio musician, appearing on recordings by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Marvin Gaye, Tina Turner, B. B. King, Joe Cocker, Minnie Riperton and Anita Baker


The American Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony created by Dick Clark in 1973 add something


In 1975, Baker joined the Detroit-based band, Chapter 8, which featured Michael J. Powell, who would later produce her solo works add something


Jazz - In the early 1980s, a commercial form of jazz fusion called "pop fusion" or "smooth jazz" became successful and garnered significant radio airplay in "quiet storm" time slots at radio stations in urban markets across the U.S. This helped to establish or bolster the careers of vocalists including Al Jarreau, Anita Baker, Chaka Khan and Sade, as well as saxophonists including Grover Washington, Jr., Kenny G, Kirk Whalum, Boney James and David Sanborn


In 1982, Otis Smith, an executive who'd worked with Chapter 8, found his new label Beverly Glen Music add something


Following "Compositions", Elektra Records secured the rights to Baker's debut album "The Songstress" from 1983, and re-released it with a new cover artwork in 1991 add something


In 1983, Baker released her solo debut album, "The Songstress", which produced by Patrick Moten and Otis Smith add something


In 1985, Baker signed with Elektra Records, a major label under Warner Music Group add something


She released her second album, "Rapture", in 1986 add something


In 1987, Baker collaborated with The Winans on the single "Ain't No Need to Worry", which earned Baker her third Grammy award the following year, in the Best Soul Gospel Performance by a Duo or Group, Choir or Chorus category add something


The Soul Train Music awards is an annual award show aired in national broadcast syndication that honors the best in African American music and entertainment established in 1987 add something


What Have You Done for Me Lately - For the 29th annual Grammy *awards of 1987, "What Have You Done for Me Lately" received one nomination for Best Rhythm & Blues Song but lost to Anita Baker's "Sweet Love"


She married Walter Bridgforth Jr. on Christmas Eve 1988 add something


Baker's third album, "Giving You the Best That I Got", was released in October 1988 add something


Andre Harrell - In 1988, Mary J. Blige recorded an impromptu cover of Anita Baker's "Caught Up In the Rapture" at a recording booth in a local mall


Baker returned to the studio in 1990 for her fourth album , entitled "Compositions" add something


After almost five years of touring, performing, and recording, Baker took a break, only entering the studio to record the jazz standard "Witchcraft" with Frank Sinatra for his 1993 "Duets" album add something


Baker's fifth album, "Rhythm of Love", was issued in September 1994 add something


Baker embarked on the "Rhythm of Love World Tour" in support of the album, on December 14, 1994 to November 14, 1995 add something


Baker won the award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for the single "I Apologize" at the 1996 Grammy awards, her fifth Grammy award in this category and her eighth overall add something


Finally she signed a five-album deal with Atlantic Records in September 1996 add something


After a long hiatus, Baker began to record new songs for new album in August 2000 add something


She filed a lawsuit in federal court against Zomba Recording Corp. and its Dreamhire division in May 2001 add something


In November 2001, without releasing any new project, Baker was dropped by Atlantic Records due to the restructuring of the label add something


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 new albums add something


In September 2004, a decade after her last studio album, Baker released a new album, entitled "My Everything" add something


In October 2005, Baker released her first Christmas album, "Christmas Fantasy" add something


In 2007, Baker appeared on Dave Koz's album "At the Movies" add something


She received a Grammy award nomination in 2007 for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for the song "Christmas Time Is Here", although she did not win add something


As of October 2007 they were finalizing their divorce add something


Baker embarked on a concert tour in 2008, entitled "An Evening with Anita Baker" add something


Her performance at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan, on July 12, 2008, was recorded add something


On September 19, 2008, BusyBoy Productions filmed her entire "An Evening with Anita Baker" concert at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Minnesota, for Baker's up-and-coming DVD and B-roll footage for promotional purposes add something


Mary J. Blige - Blige was honored at the 2009 BET Honors Ceremony and was paid tribute by Anita Baker and Monica


On June 10, 2010, Baker sang the National Anthem at Game 4 of the NBA Finals in TD Garden add something


However, these projects had yet to surface until 2012 add something


Although "Only Forever" was originally scheduled for release on October 23, 2012, the release date was subsequently delayed to December 4 add something


Though Blue Note set release dates for the album in October and December 2012, Baker decided she still needed to work on the album, causing a delay add something


Nathan East - East has recorded, performed and co-written songs with Anita Baker, The Love Unlimited Orchestra, Babyface, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Savage Garden, Sting, Quincy Jones, Al Jarreau, Kenny Loggins, The Manhattan Transfer, Herbie Hancock & Daft Punk That's Nathan's bass line you hear on the 2013 smash hit 'Get Lucky" Grammy winner for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance


In January 2017, Baker confirmed she had retired add something


In 2018 Anita Baker came out of retirement add something