Soul veteran Anita Baker is making a return to the music world, following a
The GRAMMY-winning SWEET LOVE singer has signed a deal with BLUE NOTE
RECORDS to produce at least two albums and expects to release her first project
before the end of the year (04).
Baker stepped away from the music industry after the 1994 release of her
album RHYTHM OF LOVE because she had two young sons to take care of, a mother
suffering from Alzheimer's disease and a father dying of bone cancer.
Following their deaths - Baker's father died in 1998 and her mother passed
away in 2000 - she felt ready to pursue her career again.
She says of her mother, "She took care of me, she didn't hand me off to
someone else. I'm really happy in retrospect that I did it that way, because
she breathed her last in my arms."
Now that her mother has passed, Baker has decided to chase her career
goals with full force - even though she had to do a little research on the
current music market first.
She says, "For the past five years I had been channel surfing and all you
see is MTV and kids. The demographics became very, very young. I figured I was
relic and my time has passed."
But now she's encouraged by the response she's had from fans at recent
shows, adding, "I didn't know that anybody would give a hoot. I'm pleasantly