Anita Baker is a retired American singer-songwriter. Starting her career in the late 1970’s with the funk band Chapter 8, Baker released her first solo album, The Songstress, in 1983.
In 1986, she rose to stardom following the release of her platinum-selling second album, Rapture, which included the Grammy-winning single “Sweet Love”. She 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 1980’s.
As of 2017, Baker has won eight Grammy Awards and has five platinum albums and one gold album to her credit. Baker’s vocal range is contralto.