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Anita Baker Biography

Birth Place:
Toledo, Ohio, United States

Fast Facts

  • Abandoned by her mother as a child, she was raised by her aunt and uncle
  • At the age of 12, began singing in a gospel choir
  • Was the lead singer for Chapter 8, a Detroit R&B group
  • Once worked as a receptionist in a law firm
  • Released her debut album, The Songstress, in 1983
  • Introduced singer Tamia to NBA star Grant Hill; the two married
  • Unofficially adopted a group of Detroit students from Berry Elementary School to encourage them to go to college
  • Released a holiday album in 2005


  • Lois Landry -- Aunt
  • Walter Bridgforth -- Ex-husband
  • Granville Lewis -- Father
  • Mary Lewis -- Mother
  • Edward Carlton Bridgforth -- Son
  • Walter Baker Bridgforth -- Son
  • Walter Landry -- Uncle