About Anita Baker
Anita Baker net worth is approximately $80 million dollars and this makes her one of the wealthiest singers of the older generation. Whether you like her music or not, you must admit that Anita’s professional achievements are impressive. Throughout her career, which started in the late 1970s, the singer has released 6 studio albums, one live album, one compilation album and 24 singles. Five of her albums went platinum and one has garnered her gold certificate. In addition, she has won eight Grammy Awards and a number of other accolades. And all of this was achieved by a women who was once criticized as not gifted with a „star potential“! Yes, back in the day when the band Chapter 8 was struggling for recognition it was dropped by the label, which was convinced that the band will never make it with a leader like Baker. Looking at the growth rate of Anita Baker net worth in the 1980s, it is clear that this decision has cost the label a lot of money. But let’s discuss this story of success in greater detail.
Anita’s early childhood was marked with losses and traumas. When she was just a 2-year-old toddler, her biological mother walked away on her. Luckily for her, the girl was soon taken in by a foster parent, but at the age 12 she lost them too: they died. Since that tragic day the future millionaire was raised by her foster sister. In their small family the money were pretty tight and hence at the age 16 Anita started singing R&B in local nightclubs. Her talent did not go unnoticed: soon she was approached by bandleader David Washington, who invited her to audition for Chapter 8. With Anita as a lead Singer, in 1979 this soul group released its first eponymous album. Although the single “Ready for Your Love” was relatively popular, the album itself received little attention and did not significantly increase Anita Baker net worth.
Following the failure of the band Chapter 8, the Singer started pursuing a solo career. Although her debut album, The Songstress, has sold 307,000 copies in the US during the period 1992-2007, it was not particularly popular upon the release. The same cannot be said about Anita‘s next album – Rapture. Not only it sold 5 million copies in the United States alone and 8 million worldwide, significantly increasing Anita Baker net worth, but also gained her critical acclaim and worldwide popular recognition. By the end of the 1980s the Rolling Stone has ranked Rapture No. 36 on their list of the best albums of the decade. In addition to this, the album has garnered Baker a couple of Grammy Awards. Since then the star gas released four more studio albums, which enjoyed similar success.