It is not. All a skeptic need do is listen to the voice that recently flooded the stage of the Kimmel Live. Baker sounds exactly the same as you remember her for those old enough to have heard her recordings the first time out. No cracks, sputters, nagging injuries, or false starts. A subtle balance of keys, bass, and lower bpm transforms the young love ballad into the proper vehicle for her smokey contralto. The reverberating warmth of her voice is an oasis for those in need of boo-loving music with a bit more class. Baker swaying on stage as the band begins is surely a sight for sore eyes — many having longed for the days when Miguel was in diapers and hers was still the face beneath the perfectly-coiffed pompadour.
With her classy, refined brand of romantic soul, Anita Baker was one of the definitive quiet storm singers of the '80s. Smooth and mellow, but hardly lifeless, it made her one of the most popular romantic singers of her time. Baker was born January 26, , in Toledo, Ohio, and raised in nearby Detroit, where she grew up listening to female jazz singers like Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, and Ella Fitzgerald. At age 12, she began singing in a gospel choir, and by age 16 she was performing with several local bands. In , she successfully auditioned for Chapter 8, one of Detroit's most popular acts at the time; the group eventually signed with Ariola and released an album in , but was immediately dropped when the label was acquired by Arista which didn't care for Baker's vocals. Chastened, Baker worked low-paying jobs in Detroit and eventually found steady work as a receptionist at a law firm. In , Otis Smith -- an executive who'd worked with Chapter 8 -- contacted Baker about recording for his new label, Beverly Glen. Happy with her employment benefits and skittish over the experience with Arista, Baker was reluctant at first, but eventually flew out to the West Coast to record her debut album, The Songstress, in Though it didn't gain quite enough exposure to become a hit, it did help Baker build a strong fan base through word-of-mouth, and she was signed by Elektra in Working with producer Michael J.
Anita Denise Baker born January 26, is an American singer-songwriter. Starting her career in the late s with the funk band Chapter 8, Baker released her first solo album, The Songstress, in In , she rose to stardom following the release of her platinum-selling second album, Rapture, which included the Grammy-winning single "Sweet Love". As of , Baker has won eight Grammy Awards and has five platinum albums and one gold album. Sign in or Register. Anita Baker Born 26 January Performances 1. Anita Baker is inducted in to the Singers' Hall of Fame. Last Played on BBC.