NASHVILLE, TN — One of contemporary R&B’s finest performers will be back on tour next year. The legendary Anita Baker made the announcement last week. Baker, whose distinctive sound has won her right Grammys, announced that she would be doing a special run of live dates for 2023. The Songstress’ tour, produced by Live Nation, will bring her to 15 cities, kicking off on February 11th at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, FL making stops across the U.S. in Atlanta, Baltimore, Houston, and more before wrapping up in Oakland’s Oakland Arena on December 23rd.
The tour celebrates Baker’s 40 years as a music icon in the industry since the release of her debut album, The Songstress,” was released in 1983. These dates mark the first time she has been on a full tour since 1995 and it is also the first time The Songstress will be performing her classic hits live since winning back the rights to her masters.
Baker, born in Toledo, OH, and raised in Detroit, MI, is one of the most popular singers of soulful ballads during the height of the quiet storm period in the 1980s. Starting her career in the late 1970s with the funk band Chapter 8, Baker released her first solo album, The Songstress, in 1983. In 1986, she rose to stardom following the release of her Platinum-selling second album, Rapture, which included the Grammy-winning single “Sweet Love.” Baker has won eight Grammy Awards and has four Platinum albums, along with two Gold albums. Baker is a contralto, with a vocal range that extends her register to at least three octaves.
Unfortunately, at this time, no Nashville date has been announced for Baker’s tour.
2023 TOUR DATES:
Sat Feb 11 Hollywood, FL – Hard Rock Live*
Tue Feb 14 Atlanta, GA State Farm Arena
Fri Feb 17 New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
Wed May 10 Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
Fri May 12 Belmont Park, NY – UBS Arena
Sun May 14 Baltimore, MD – CFG Bank Arena
Fri Jun 30 Chicago, IL – United Center
Sun Jul 02 Detroit, MI – Pine Knob Music Theatre
Sat Nov 18 Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum Complex
Wed Nov 22 Memphis, TN – FedExForum
Fri Nov 24 Atlantic City, NJ Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena*
Fri Dec 15 Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Sun Dec 17 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Fri Dec 22 Los Angeles, CA – Crypto.com Arena
Sat Dec 23 Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena
* Not a Live Nation Date