I conducted this research by finding text and scholarly articles that discussed Anita Baker’s background information and her contribution to music during her era. I researched her as both a mentor and influence to artists succeeding her. My goal was to find direct links in how Anita Baker changed the direction of Black Music. In that research, I was able to come to Jill Scott, and began to conduct research on her as well. In addition to her background information, I wanted to find the genre Scott identified with and how Anita Baker specifically influenced that genre.

-Naomi Gross

Anita Baker is a Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter known for her elegant R&B canon, with hits like “Sweet Love” and “Just Because.” Baker made her album debut in 1983 with The Songstress before releasing several years later her megahit Rapture, featuring the single “Sweet Love.” With a lush, soaring voice, Baker has remained a revered force in contemporary soul music for decades with tunes like “Just Because,” “Talk to Me” and “Body and Soul.” She has not only won eight Grammy awards, and has five platinum albums, but one gold album to her name. Anita is regarded as one of the most popular singers of soulful romantic ballads during the height of the quiet storm period of contemporary R&B in the 1980s.

-Kennedy Brooks