March 4, 2004 |
After 10 years in musical seclusion due to family turmoil, Anita Baker is returning to the spotlight. The Grammy-winning R&B songstress has signed a deal with Blue Note Records to produce at least two albums and expects to release her first project before the end of the year. With a deep, sensuous voice, Baker became one of R&B's premier artists in the late '80s and early '90s with hits like "Sweet Love" and "Rapture."
April 15, 2006 |
R&B singer-songwriter-producer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds has sued singer Anita Baker for breach of contract, claiming the sultry Grammy-winning songstress owes him at least $250,000 after canceling two concert dates last year and also for producer's royalties owed him on the song "Like You Used to Do."
October 30, 1988 |
***ANITA BAKER. "Giving You the Best That I Got." Elektra. Naturally, the first thing everyone is going to do with Baker's new album is compare it to her last one, "Rapture," which sold more than 4 million and helped forge a niche for jazz-oriented artists in the pop mainstream. No, the new collection of mellow love songs isn't as good as "Rapture." But that's not really a put-down.
January 7, 1989 |
Despite the heavy metal and rock emphasis at the top of the charts, Anita Baker's jazzy ballad album continues to be the nation's best seller. Another woman bucking the hard-rock trend: Edie Brickell. If Tracy Chapman weren't everyone's choice for best new artist of 1988, Brickell's achievement might be getting more attention. Her album, "Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars," is filled with oddball, poetic rock--the kind of album that usually languishes in the lower depths of the Top 200.
December 29, 1986 |
Just when you're foolish enough to think you've heard everything, along comes a young female black singer to make you excited again about music. And no: We're not talking about Whitney Houston. Just when Houston is being hailed by many as the major new female pop vocalist of the '80s, along comes a formidable challenger. Indeed, Anita Baker is arguably the more compelling talent.
June 23, 2005 |
One glance at the glowing countenance on the cover of Anita Baker's Grammy-nominated album "My Everything," and you wonder whether the veteran singer has discovered some kind of magical, anti-aging elixir. "Not me, no magic here," she says, laughing. "But it's nice to hear." So, apparently, is Baker's voice, which sounds as youthfully vigorous on her first album in a decade as it did when she released a series of platinum records and piled up eight Grammys in the 1980s.