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Anita Baker, scheduled to perform at Delta Classic Chastain Park Amphitheater on Friday, July 19, 2013, has been postponed to a date to be determined.
Tickets will be honored on the rescheduled date. Refunds may be obtained at point of purchase.
The captivating voice behind such timeless gems as “Sweet Love,” “Giving You the Best That I Got,” “Just Because,” “I Apologize” and “Fairy Tales” is back.
Singer/songwriter/producer and eight-time Grammy Award winner – and 16-time nominee – Anita Baker is releasing her seventh studio album, Only Forever (Blue Note Records/EMI). The new album, executive produced by Baker and musician/Blue Note president Don Was, arrives in spring 2013. With four platinum and two gold albums to her credit, this is Baker’s first set of original material since 2004’s My Everything.
Only Forever is a seamless fusion of classic and contemporary soul that remains true to what Baker does best: weaving her earthy yet sultry vocals within an exquisite tapestry of R&B laced with jazz and gospel. And love remains the singer/songwriter’s favorite topic.
“Oh god, no. I never get tired of singing about love,” says Baker with a laugh. “It breathes life into me.”
Baker’s mesmerizing voice first attracted national attention in 1975. That’s when the17-year-old—born in Toledo, Ohio and raised in Detroit—joined the Motor City group Chapter 8. Signed to Ariola, the act released a 1979 self-titled debut album that spawned two R&B-charting singles: “Ready For Your Love” and “I Just Wanna Be Your Girl.”
Segueing to Elektra in 1985, Baker catapulted to stardom with Rapture. The 1986 sophomore album yielded her first mainstream hit, “Sweet Love” (No. 8 pop, No. 2 R&B). The single was among several songs (including “Been So Long,” “Watch Your Step“) that Baker wrote or co-wrote for the album. Selling more than six million and racking up four top 10 R&B hits, Rapture earned Baker the first of her eight Grammys: Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female for the album and Best R&B Song for “Sweet Love.”
During her Elektra tenure, Baker scored three more platinum albums and more Grammys: 1988’s Giving You the Best That I Got (whose title track was her first No. 1 R&B and biggest pop hit at No. 3); 1990’s Compositions and 1994’s Rhythm of Love. She further sharpened her songwriting skills, penning more Baker classics such as “Talk to Me” and “I Apologize” in addition to “Giving You the Best That I Got.” Taking a break to devote time to her family, Baker returned to center stage in 2004 with a new label—Blue Note—and a new album—the gold-certified My Everything.
Now without missing a beat, one of music’s most revered singer/songwriter/producers is back on the scene with Only Forever.