born 20 December 20, 1957, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
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.