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"SHE ROSE TO PLANES OF PURE EMOTION BEYOND ANYTHING IN HER RECORDED WORK..."

- NME

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FAREWELL TOUR 2018

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Anita Baker embarks on her farewell concert series to express gratitude to her second generation of millennial fans that keep her name trending on Twitter, have viewed her videos on YouTube more than 20 million times and have streamed her more on Spotify than had bought her platinum albums! Kendrick Lamar, Lalah Hathaway and Andre 3000 claim her as their musical inspiration and seek her out! This is in addition to the deep gratitude she has felt for decades for her diehard fan base that propelled her to 8 Grammy awards, 7 albums and 6 world tours. It’s time for Anita Baker to be welcomed back for a proper loving goodbye... Namaste.

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Judging by the audience response - from a warm welcome to heated demands for encores - all the great expectations attached to Anita Baker’s London performances were fulfilled...
— Melody Maker
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COME FORWARD



"Anita Baker is perhaps the most perceptive soul songstress in the business at the moment with a fell for melody and a sense of interpretation more often encountered in jazz performers. But she doesn’t sing jazz, she sings soul and because of that her music is both compelling and unique..."

- Blues and Soul

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BIOGRAPHY


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Anita Baker was born on January 26, 1958 in Toledo, Ohio and grew up in Detroit, Michigan. She began singing in church choir when she was 12 and at 16 sang in a local group along with high school friends. In 1975 she successfully auditioned for the group Chapter 8, having been approached by bass player David Washington, and spent the next few years playing in and around Detroit.

In 1981 she signed to Otis Smith’s Beverly Glenn label, releasing her debut album "Songstress" in 1983, which featured her signature song “Angel”. In 1986 she signed with Elektra Records, and understanding that creative control was essential, functioned as executive producer on her megahit album “Rapture”, which sold over 6 million records worldwide. The album went multi-platinum and practically all of its tracks found rotation on nationwide radio playlists, including the tender "Caught Up in the Rapture" and "Same Ole Love (365 Days a Year)." This album brought her first two Grammy awards: Best R&B Female Performance for the album "Rapture" and Best R&B Song for "Sweet Love", a Top 10 Pop and No. 2 R&B hit.

In 1987, Anita began work on her follow-up album "Giving You The Best That I Got" in between an extremely busy performance schedule. This album was also awarded three Grammies: one in 1989 for Best R&B Female Performance, one in 1990 for Best R&B Song ("Giving You The Best That I Got") and one for Best R&B Song ("Just Because"). She took a more involved role in the song-writing for her third album, “Compositions”, also moving towards experimenting with jazz. The album contained 7 self-penned songs and was mostly cut live; the album would go on to win her a 7th Grammy award for Best R&B Female Performance. 

In 1993 Anita started working on her next project, "Rhythm of Love" and on which she wrote 5 out of the 12 songs. In September 1994 the album was released and brought an 8th Grammy for Best R&B Song ("I Apologize") in 1995. 

In 2004 Anita released “My Everything” for Blue Note Records. In 2005, Baker released “Christmas Fantasy”, receiving a Grammy nomination for the song, "Christmas Time Is Here". In May 2005, Baker was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music. Starting in 2007, Baker embarked on a two-year concert tour titled An Evening with Anita Baker.

Ms. Baker has two sons and spends her time between Michigan and California.


8 x Grammy Awards

4 x American Music Awards

7 x Platinum Albums

6 x World Tours

Anita Baker’s quality of singing draws the listener into profound forms of pleasure. The unique power and dynamics of her performance create an intensity which can suspend time...
— City Limits
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MUSIC


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The Songstress - May 31, 1983

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Rapture - May 14, 1986

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Giving You The Best That I Got - Oct. 4, 1988

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Compositions - June 12, 1990

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Rhythm of Love - September 13, 1994

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My Everything - September 7, 2004

 

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The Best of Anita Baker - June 18, 2002

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A Night of Rapture Live - June 18, 2004

 

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Christmas Fantasy - October 4, 2005

 

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NEWSLETTER


Ms. Baker displays a vocal range and depth little short of awesome... What we are seeing is the emergence of a very talented lady ... Anita Baker is going to be a star...
— Record Mirror