By Adam Bookbinder

Happy 57th birthday to multi-GRAMMY Award winning singer Anita Baker who turns 57 today, January 26th.

Anita Baker was born in Toledo, Ohio and was raised by foster parents in Detroit, Michigan after being abandoned by her mother at the age of two.  At age 12, Baker lost both of her foster parents and was then raised by her foster sister.  By age 16, she was already singing in nightclubs around Detroit.

In 1975, she joined and toured with the group Chapter 8, until the band’s label was bought out and dropped by Arista Records in 1979, who thought Baker lacked “star potential.”

Well in 1983 she proved them wrong when she joined a former colleague’s new label Beverly Glen and released her first solo album, The Songstress.  And the rest is history!

Below are six of our favorite smooth Anita Baker songs in honor of her 57th birthday:

“No One in the World” from her multi-platinum 1986 album Rapture.  The song reached #44 on the Billboard Hot 100.

“Sweet Love” is the second single to be released from the successful 1986 album Rapture.  The song hit #8 on Billboard‘s Hot 100.

“Same Ole Love (365 Days a Year)” reached number 44 on the Billboard Hot 100 after being released in February 1987 and is also from the 1986 album Rapture.

“Talk to Me” comes from Baker’s fourth album, Compositions.  The song was released in June 1990 and reached #44 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #4 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

“Giving You the Best That I Got” is the title track of Baker’s multi-GRAMMY Award winning album released in 1988.  The song was her highest charting hit on the Billboard Hot 100 reaching #3 and #1 on both the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Adult Contemporary Tracks charts.

“Just Because” is the second single released from Giving You The Best That I Got, reaching #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Hot R&B Singles chart.


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