Anita Baker

Born Jan 26, 1958

Anita Baker is an American R&B/soul jazz singer-songwriter. To date, Baker has won eight Grammy Awards, and has four platinum albums and two gold albums to her credit.

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1958 Birth Anita Baker was born on January 26, 1958 in Toledo, Ohio. … Read More


1975 17 Years Old Baker joined the group in 1975 and the group toured until securing a deal with Ariola Records in 1979. … Read More


1979 21 Years Old After Ariola was bought out by Arista Records in 1979, Chapter 8 was dropped by the label who were convinced that Baker, as the group's lead singer, didn't have "star potential."
1982 24 Years Old Baker returned to Detroit and became a waitress and a receptionist for a law firm. Otis Smith, a former associate of Ariola, called Baker up in 1982 and convinced her to start a solo career under his Beverly Glen label.
1983 25 Years Old 1 More Event
Baker eventually signed with the company, releasing her debut solo album, The Songstress, in 1983.
1984 26 Years Old By 1984, after two years, Baker sought to leave the label but was sued by Smith for breach of contract in 1985. … Read More
1985 27 Years Old Baker eventually signed with the Warner Music Group-associated Elektra Records label in 1985 and began working on her next album. … Read More
…  In 1986, she rose to stardom following the release of her platinum-selling second album, Rapture, which included the Grammy-winning single "Sweet Love". … Read More
1987 29 Years Old 1 More Event
The album resulted in Baker's winning two Grammy Awards at the 1987 ceremony.


1988 30 Years Old 1 More Event
Baker's follow-up, Giving You the Best That I Got, was released in October 1988 and immediately became a success, topping the Billboard 200 and selling 5 million copies worldwide, 3 million of which sold alone in the United States. … Read More
1990 32 Years Old In 1990, Baker released Compositions, which had Baker more involved in the songwriting and production process and the first in which she began incorporating more jazz elements than in previous albums. … Read More
1991 33 Years Old 1 More Event
After the end of the album's touring and promotion schedule in 1991, Baker took a break from the business when she settled down with her husband at the time, later having two children together.
1994 36 Years Old 1 More Event
After appearing on Frank Sinatra's Duets album, Baker officially returned to the charts with Rhythm of Love in 1994. … Read More


2000 - 2002 3 More Events
2004 46 Years Old That year, Baker returned to live performing which inspired her to seek a new recording deal, eventually signing with Blue Note Records in March 2004. … Read More
2005 47 Years Old In 2005, Baker released the Christmas album, Christmas Fantasy, winning a Grammy nomination for the song, "Christmas Time Is Here".
2007 49 Years Old Starting in 2007, Baker embarked on a two-year concert tour titled An Evening with Anita Baker.


2010 - 2011 2 More Events
2012 54 Years Old 1 More Event
In August 2012, Baker released her version of Tyrese's hit, "Lately". … Read More
2013 55 Years Old In February 2013, Baker returned to the national spotlight, performing "Lately" and "Same Ole Love" on Jimmy Kimmel Live! … Read More
2014 56 Years Old On March 19, 2014, a bench warrant was issued for her arrest pertaining to a lawsuit that alleges she failed to pay more than $15,000 for work done on her Grosse Pointe home; it was lifted days later. The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Baker has received eight awards from 17 nominations. The American Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony created by Dick Clark in 1973. … Read More
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