Giving Us the Best That She’s Got

Anita Baker shows “Sweet Love” to Miami.

With a voice like melted butter and songs that defined the “quiet storm” slow-jam genre, Anita Baker ruled the Eighties. From the moment she released Rapture in 1986, Baker became a mainstay on R&B radio. Songs like “Caught Up in the Rapture,” “No One in the World,” and “Sweet Love” catapulted to the top of the adult contemporary charts, and her follow-up album, Giving You the Best That I Got, established her among the definitive soul singers of the decade. But in the mid-Nineties, the eight-time Grammy Award-winning, platinum-album-selling artist walked away from it all.

Baker took a 10-year hiatus to care for her ailing parents. It was a trying time for the songstress: In 1996 her mother died in her arms, and her father passed away in 1998. It took Baker time to heal, but in 2004 she returned to the recording studio. Older and wiser, she still possesses a voice that holds the warmth and resonance it did 20 years ago. Tonight at 8, Anita Baker will sing before a rapturous audience at the James L. Knight Center.
Sun., Dec. 16, 8 p.m., 2007
 
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