The Best of Anita Baker


  1. Anita Baker of Detroit, Michigan helped to improve what is known as, the old-fashioned love song. It details how this gospel and jazz-influenced singer was able to appear as a musical force at a period when electronic rap and technofunk ruled the radio airwaves. Baker’s first solo album “The Songstress” savored moderate success and her “Rapture” rapidly rose to the top of the charts which indicated that there was still an enormous audience for good, old-fashioned love songs.


  1. Thesis:
  1. Although she was among other popular female soul singers of her time, Anita Baker is a tiny powerhouse who helped unleash a new generation of female soul singers by her many achievements at a young age.


  1. Born and raised
  2. Childhood
  3. Transition into music


  1. Problems with Beverly Glen record company
  2. Switching Directions
  3. Finding a new sound


  1. Family life
  2. Divorce
  3. Name change


Studio Albums

  1. The Songstress (May 31, 1983)
  2. Rapture (May 14, 1986)
  3. Giving You The Best That I Got (October 4, 1988)
  4. Compositions (June 12, 1990)
  5. Rhythm of Love (September 13, 1994)
  6. My Everything (September 7, 2004)


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