Blue Note Signs Anita Baker

Blue Note Records has signed R&B chanteuse Anita Baker to an exclusive recording contract that will result in at least two albums. Bruce Lundvall, president/CEO of EMI Jazz & Classics, signed

Blue Note Records has signed R&B chanteuse Anita Baker to an exclusive recording contract that will result in at least two albums. Bruce Lundvall, president/CEO of EMI Jazz & Classics, signed her after she approached him to record for Blue Note. The CDs will be issued on Baker's own as-yet-unnamed imprint.

She is currently beginning work on her label debut, a CD of new songs influenced by R&B, jazz and gospel, which will be released by year's end. It will be Baker's first album since 1994's "Rhythm of Love," which she recorded for longtime label home Elektra. "Rhythm of Love" peaked at No. 3 on The Billboard 200.

The singer launched her career in 1986 with "Rapture." She recorded a number of hit singles, including that album's title track and "Sweet Love," and went on to garner eight Grammy Awards before going on hiatus to attend to family concerns in Detroit.

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