What is Anita Baker Age and Net Worth 2023? Who is Her Ex-Husband? Her Other Relationships and Sons
An American singer-songwriter, Anita Baker came to prominence after releasing her first solo album, The Songstress with the band Chapter 8. Her album, Rapture became one of the most Platinum-selling second albums which made her win Grammy Awards for her song, Sweet Love.
Her popular albums are Giving You the Best That I Got, Compositions, and Rhythm of Love. She became a part of the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame in 2013.
Early Life of Anita Baker
Anita Baker was born Anita Denise Baker on January 26, 1958. Baker is a native of Toledo, Ohio United States of America. As of now, she is 65 years old and was born under the sign of Aquarius. She cuts his birthday cake on the 26th of January. She was born as the daughter of a teenager and donated her to foster parents. Her foster parents are Mary Lewis (mother) and Grandville Lewis (father).
She was only 12 years old when her parents left this universe and her uncle and aunt adopted her. Her new foster parents are Lois Landry and Walter Landry. Anita holds American citizenship and belongs to mixed (African-American) ethnicity. Baker follows the Baptist religion. She studied at Central High School in Detroit.
Anita Baker’s Ex-Husband; Other Relationships
Her ex-husband is a businessman and entrepreneur, Walter Bridgforth Jr. They officially walked down the aisle on December 24, 1988. Walter and Anita only stayed as a married couple for 18 years and split in 2005. They officially got divorced in 2007 after Anita agreed to give 50% of the royalties to her ex-partner.
In 2009, she only gave $12k to Bridgforth which is less than the bare minimum she earn. Previously, she was in a relationship with Howard Hewett, an American singer. They dated each other in 1989. She was rumored with an American keyboard player, Joe Sample.
Anita Baker, Mother of Two
She is a mother of two sons which she welcomed with her ex-husband. The name of her sons is Edward Carlton Bridgforth and Walter Baker Bridgforth. Edward was born on May 1994 and is a drummer and musician while Walter is also a musician and was born in January 1993.
Anita Baker’s Net Worth & Earnings
Baker has earned a hefty sum of money from his career as a singer and songwriter as she has an estimated net worth of $40 million. She sold her mansion at Dodge Place in Grosse Pointe at $1,800k in March 2014. In September 2004, she received $738,400 from her album, My Everything. Her compilation album, The Best of Anita Baker made her receive $1,300k in June 2002.
She is living in her 7,000-square-foot mansion in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan. She bought it in 1993 and has a three-car garage along with views of Lake St. Clair.
Anita Baker bumps Babyface
She made Babyface leave her solo tour after being bullied by his fans online. On June 13, 2023, Anita made the decision by announcing on Twitter:
“After Silently, Enduring Cyber Bulling/Verbal Abuse & Threats of Violence from the Fan Base, of Our Special Guest❤️/Support Act. In the Interest of Personal Safety. I will continue, The Songstress Tour, alone. Appropriate refunds will be made.”
Babyface revealed his side of the story to Rolling Stone saying:
“I am saddened by the news that Anita Baker has decided to remove me from ‘The Songstress Tour. It’s unfortunate and disheartening to see how things have played out via social media. While I was looking forward to the rest of the dates, I have nothing but love & respect for Anita and I wish her the best for the remainder of her tour.”
Anita Baker diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer
She announced that she is suffering from ovarian cancer and is still in good physical condition. In the 2018, New Year she even revealed that she is saying goodbye to her singing career. Anita’s illness was announced on Facebook via Race Four LifeTrust:
“Anita Baker is a 49-year-old lady who suffers from Ovarian Cancer. Presently Anita is in a good space and doctors have recommended that if she were to want to do anything special, that now was the time. Anita approached our Trust with a special request. She has never been to Mt Cook, and after attending our Patient function with Mark Inglis being our guest speaker, Anita decided there and then, that this is what she would love to do before she died.”
Singing Career of Anita Baker
- She was only 16 years old when she started singing R&B in nightclubs.
- David Washington, a leader of Funkband recognized her talent and invited her to his band, Chapter 8.
- In 1975, she became an official member of the band and started recording under Ariola Records.
- She sang Ready for Your Love for the band’s debut album, Chapter 8 along with Gerald Lyles.
- After leaving the band, she released her debut solo album, The Songstress in 1983.
- She released her second album, Rapture after signing with Elektra Records label in 1986.
- Her third album, Giving You the Best That I Got it was released in 1988.
- She released Talk to Me and ‘Fairy Tales in her album titled Compositions.
- She was successful in grabbing the performance at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field and sang, The Star-Spangled Banner.
Songs & Albums
She is a singer for popular songs like No More Tears, Will You Be Mine, Feel the Need, Sweet Love, Same Ole Love (365 Days a Year), No One in the World, Lead Me Into Love, When You Love Someone, and many more.
Her hits albums are The Songstress, Rapture, Giving You the Best That I Got, Compositions, Rhythm of Love, My Everything, and Christmas Fantasy.
Awards & Nomination
- In 2018, she won BET Award in the nomination of Lifetime Achievement Award.
- She won Grammy Awards for the song, Rapture in the category of Best R&B Vocal Performance in 1987.
- She won the nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the Grammy Awards for the song, I Apologize in 1996.
- She recover the nomination of Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist and own AMA’s in 1988.
FAQs of Anita Baker
What is Anita Baker’s Height?
Anita is 4 feet 11 inches tall and her body weight is 52kg. She has black eyes and dark brown hair.
Why did Anita Baker receive an arrest warrant?
She received an arrest warrant after not giving permission to check her record companies’ royalties. When she only gave $12k to her ex-partner which is less than the amount she earned from her record. So, her lawyer solve the case and she didn’t have to go to jail.
Has Anita Baker written books?
Yes, she wrote a book. In 2014, she published a book titled The Middle Ages: The Illustrated History of the Medieval World.
How many Grammys does Anita Baker have?
Altogether, she’s received eight Grammy Awards. She is also a singer of four platinum albums and two gold albums.
Why did Anita Baker stop singing?
Due to her own private problem, she stop singing in 1990. She returned by releasing an album, Rhythm of Love after taking a break from singing for four years in 1996.
Is Anita Baker and Usher related?
No, Anita is not related to Usher. They have a good friendship bond and she even wished him happy birthday at her concert in September 2022.