ANITA BAKER, 1958-

An exponent of traditional rhythm and blues vocalizing, Bakerís restrained intensity and subtle coloring attracted widespread media attention and pop mainstream success in the mid-1980s. Born in Toledo and raised in Detroit, she began her professional career as lead singer for the r & b group, Chapter 8, from 1976 to 1984. Her moderately successful debut album, The Songstress (Beverly Glen 10002; 1983) was followed by the commercial breakthrough release, Rapture (Elektra 60444; 1986), which included Top Ten single, "Sweet Love" (Elektra 7-69557; 1986), reputed to have sold more than four million copies. Her subsequent albums, most notably the chart-topping Give You the Best That Iíve Got (Elektra 60827; 1988) and Compositions (Elektra 60922; 1990), have all been bestsellers. [Romanowski and George-Warren. 1995]

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