Listen on Apple Music. 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. Inshe 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 inbut 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. InOtis Smith -- an executive who'd worked with Chapter 8 -- contacted Baker about "Anita baker caught up in the rapture" 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.
Powell an old Chapter 8 cohortBaker released her major-label debut, Rapture, in It was a platinum, Grammy-winning smash, appealing to both urban and adult contemporary listeners and producing two all-time quiet storm classics in "Caught Up in the Rapture" and "Sweet Love.
For her third Elektra album, Baker decided to handle a greater share of the songwriting, hence the title Compositions,
Anita baker caught up in the rapture was released in and featured even stronger jazz inflections than Baker's previous work not to mention all live instruments.
Following Compositions, Baker took a break from recording and touring; after having her first son inshe returned to the studio to craft Rhythm of Love, which was released in In the years that followed, Baker was mostly silent, despite her fans' clamoring for a jazz album; instead, she raised her family and became embroiled in contract disputes with Elektra, which eventually led her to move to Atlantic.
She began working on a new album inbut had to start over from scratch due to defective recording equipment that made the original tracks unsalvageable.
In it was announced that she had signed with Blue Note and was still working on her new album.
In the meantime, the Atlantic imprint Rhino released Night of Rapture: Live, a concert originally available on video. Baker finally returned to the studio in and issued My Everything, her first album in ten years. Two years later she released her first holiday album, Christmas Fantasy.
Its parent album, Only Forever, was prepared for You Bring Me Joy. Caught Up in the Rapture. No One in the World.
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