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She’s Given Us the Best: Anita Baker Confirms Retirement


David Livingston/Getty ImagesFor many years, Anita Baker has been giving fans the best that she’s got — but now the celebrated singer is putting the brakes on her impressive career.

Via Twitter, Baker recently cleared up rumors by confirming her new life as a retired “beach bum.”

“Lotta rumours out there. No Tour. No CD. #Retired #BeachBum #ThankUJesus,” she writes.  

In another tweet, she says, “Jan 26th will celebrate my 59th BDay (lord willing) retirement was 1 of many goals/dreams #SuchaBlessing.”  

The singer-songwriter started her music career with funk band Chapter 8 in the late 1970s before embarking on a career as a solo artist.  

Baker’s first album, The Songstress, was released in 1983, but it was her 1986 sophomore album, Rapture, that propelled her to superstardom and won her two Grammy Awards in 1987: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song for her hit single, “Sweet Love.” 

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