BOSTON – Anita Baker (search) is back in the limelight with a sultry new collection of songs and a second bite of the apple.
The Grammy Award winning singer, whose hits include "Sweet Love" and "Giving You the Best That I Got," has a new single, "You're My Everything" (search) that is already a hit on urban adult contemporary stations.
"I'm tired, but in a good way," Baker, who wrote or cowrote nine of the album's 10 tracks, told The Boston Sunday Globe. "The attention the song has received has shocked me. It's like I'm dreaming right now."
In the mid-1990s, Baker stopped making music when her parents fell ill, she had her first son and she felt she wasn't spending enough time with her husband.
"Living life is about wearing all our hats — the mommy hat, the daughter hat, the wife hat, the career woman hat," she said. "And I was trying to do so many things.
"At a certain point, people just said to me, `You need to choose one or the other. You can't serve that many masters.' I didn't so much make a decision as I started to look at what was in front of me and try to ride the tide that was given to me, and that tide was about family, whether it was my kids, my marriage, or my parents."
Her new album hits stores this week.