Smart Financial Center
Friday 5/10/2019 8:00 PM
Anita Baker on her Farewell Tour series makes her way to Sugarland this weekend May 10, 2019.
When Baker played the Big Apple's Radio City Music Hall, the venue reported," Anita Baker’s back to back sold out concerts had every single ticket pickup up at the box office, - an extremely rare occurrence in our venue’s almost 100-year history.”
Baker is regarded as one of the most popular singers of soulful romantic ballads during the height of the quiet storm period of contemporary R&B in the 80s. She has won eight Grammy Awards and has five platinum albums and one gold album. Her vocal range is contralto.
Baker's R&B celebrity can be traced back to March 1986, when her second album, Rapture was released. While sales were initially slow following the release of the album's debut single, "Watch Your Step", Elektra records released the mid-tempo ballad, "Sweet Love", which became her first pop hit, reaching number eight on the Billboard Hot 100. The album eventually would produce three further hit singles for the songstress; "Caught Up in the Rapture", "No One in the World" and "Same Ole Love (365 Days a Year)". Throughout 1986 and 1987, Baker promoted the album by touring, headlining her first national concert series, The Rapture Tour, a show from which was later released on home video as A Night of Rapture. By 1988, the album had sold over 8 million copies worldwide, 5 million of which were sold in the United States alone. The album resulted in Baker's winning two Grammy Awards at the 1987 ceremony. In 1987, Baker collaborated with The Winans on their song, "Ain't No Need to Worry", which gave Baker a third Grammy, this time in the Best Soul Gospel Performance by a Duo or Group, Choir or Chorus category.
“When I came up in the business, I had amazing people like
Tom Joyner at radio,
I had amazing
‘The Quiet Storm’
Baker's announced her retirement in 2017, but before that performing "Lately" and "Same Ole Love" on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! That same month, she appeared at the Grammys where "Lately" was nominated for a Grammy Award.
In 2018 she came out of retirement and is on her Farwell series of tours. Also, in 2018 BET (Black Entertainment Television) gave her a lifetime achievement award. In her acceptance speech, Baker said, “When I came up in the business, I had amazing people like Tom Joyner at radio, I had amazing formats like ‘The Quiet Storm’ that supported me as a young artist. And I would ask the singers that are veterans… when you see the young ones tap them on the shoulder, they need you. Young ones… find a veteran and tap them on the shoulder and introduce yourself. Let’s take care of each other, we need each other, we can’t do it alone.”
Anita Baker this weekend in Sugarland at the Smart Financial Center.
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