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born 20 December 20, 1957, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Soul singer
December 20, 1957
born 20 December 20, 1957, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Soul singer Anita Baker was being hailed as the voice of the 90s after working her way up the ladder during the late 70s and early 80s. The granddaughter of a minister, she had a religious upbringing which included church music and gospel singing. After vocal duties with local bands she joined the semi-professional Chapter 8 in 1979 and was the vocalist on their minor US chart hit, 'I Just Wanna Be Your Girl', the following year. Several years later she left the band and was working in an office when she persuaded the Beverly Glen label to record and release her debut album in 1983. The Songstress brought her to wider notice and after disagreements with Beverly Glen she chose to sign with Elektra Records. Her second album was partly funded by Baker herself, who also acted as executive producer, with former Chapter 8 colleague Michael Powell assisting with writing and production. Rapture, a wonderfully mature and emotional album, saw Baker hailed as 'a female Luther Vandross' and she began to win R&B awards with 'Sweet Love', 'Caught Up In The Rapture' and 'Giving You The Best That I Got'. In 1987 she appeared on the Winans' 'Ain't No Need To Worry' and in 1990 duetted with former Shalamar singer Howard Hewlett.
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