Anita Baker at Austin Music Hall – 2/12
With her beautifully smokey, deep voice, Anita Baker became one of the biggest-selling soul singers of the 80s. Her major label debut was released in 1986 via Elektra Records, and sold over six million copies. It was a platinum, Grammy-winning smash, appealing to both urban and adult contemporary listeners while producing two all-time quiet storm classics in “Caught Up in the Rapture” and “Sweet Love.”
As of today, Baker has won an impressive eight Grammy Awards to go along with four platinum and two gold albums. Her classy, refined brand of romantic soul music is influenced not only by R&B, but also jazz, gospel, and traditional pop. In 2004, after a decade away from the studio, Baker released a new album titled My Everything on Blue Note Records, which quickly landed in the Top 10 of the Pop and Soul charts and earned her yet another Grammy nomination.
Check out these flattering words from Soul Tracks:
“In many ways, it is difficult to believe Anita Baker has only released five albums, as her effect on Soul radio has been immense. Along with Luther Vandross, she virtually created Urban Adult Contemporary as a viable radio format in the 80s, and, while her music was more sophisticated and orchestral than today’s neo-Soul women such as Jill Scott and India.Arie, they owe a huge debt to Baker for demonstrating that a mature soul audience would buy CDs and for creating a pathway for artists to reach that audience.”
Anita Baker is back on tour in 2010, and will be performing at the Austin Music Hall on Friday, February 12. Point your browser to Gettix.net to pick up tickets, and be sure to click “I Like It!” on the Do512 event listing for a chance to win one of THREE pairs of free tickets.