One of my favorite female singers of all time, Anita Baker, is bringing her successful tour to New Jersey for two dates: one performance in Newark (Prudential Center) and one in Atlantic City (Hard Rock’s Etess Arena).

The Prudential Center show is on May 10 and the AC one is on Nov. 24.

The tour is Baker’s first in 30 years (she also retired in 2017) and celebrates the 40th anniversary of the release of her debut album, “The Songstress”. While that album wasn’t a huge commercial success, it established her as an amazing vocalist who combined soulful R&B with pop.

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Her second studio album, “Rapture” catapulted her into stardom. The album features a sophisticated blend of R&B, jazz, and soul, and showcases Baker's silky-smooth vocals and impeccable phrasing. The lead single, "Sweet Love," became a massive hit and earned Baker a Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female. Other hit songs from the album include "Caught Up in the Rapture," "Same Ole Love," and "No One in the World."

"Rapture" was a commercial and critical success, reaching number 11 on the Billboard 200 chart and earning three Grammy Awards, including Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song. The album's success helped establish Baker as one of the most talented and influential R&B artists of her generation, and solidified her place in the pantheon of great soul and jazz singers.

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Over the course of her career, Baker has won eight Grammy Awards, including Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "Giving You the Best That I Got" and Best Traditional R&B Performance for "Lately." She has also been recognized with numerous other honors, including induction into the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame and the BET Lifetime Achievement Award.

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