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Anita Baker

Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: January 26, 1958    

Anita Baker

Anita Baker is a sophisticated jazz vocalist with a string of hits from the late 1980s and early 1990s. A six time Grammy winner, in 1994, with success assured, Baker cut back her activities to focus on home and motherhood, in the process revealing something of the intense difficulties she faced during her own youth. Then, after a ten year hiatus from the business, she made a triumphal return with a new album that met with critical acclaim.

She was born on January 26, 1958, in Toledo, Ohio, and grew up in Detroit's inner city. Her birth mother, who was only 16 when Anita was born, abandoned her, leaving her in the care of a woman who has been variously described as a friend and as a relative; this woman, Mary Lewis, became her foster mother. When Anita was 13, her foster mother died, and an older sister in her adoptive family told her the truth about her past. This older adoptive sister, Lois Landry, raised Anita....
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Source: James M. Manheim and Tom Pendergast

Awards

Six Grammy awards, two each for "Rapture," "Giving You the Best That I Got," and "Compositions."
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    Original Album Series

    Specific Jazz
    2011
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    How Does It Feel?

    Specific Jazz
    2004
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    My Everything (Exclusive Prelistening Session)

    Specific Jazz
    2004
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    My Everything (Album Advance)

    Specific Jazz
    2004
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    My Everything

    Specific Jazz
    2004
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    You're My Everything / Close Your Eyes

    Specific Jazz
    2004
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    You're My Everything

    Specific Jazz
    2004
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The Best of Anita Baker

Atlantic Jazz Masters (2002)

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