Legendary singer Anita Baker apparently will no longer be giving fans the best that she’s got.
Among a series of tweets she posted on Jan. 12, the eight-time Grammy winner used the hashtag #retired and dismissed rumors of a comeback tour and CD while noting that retirement was among her dreams.
Two days later, Baker wrote on Twitter that she had no regrets, posting a photo of an awards shelf that presumably includes her Grammys.
Baker was nominated for her 16th Grammy Award in 2012 for her hit version of “Lately.” Her label, Blue Note Records, said the song was to be on her album “Only Forever,” which was due out in 2013. The album was never released.
If Baker is resolute about hanging it up (we’ve reached out to her and a label rep for comment), it would mark the end of a remarkable career.
She made four platinum and two gold albums, reaching the height of her R&B popularity in the 1980s. “Rapture,” her 1986 album, produced the soulful hits “Caught Up In The Rapture” and “Sweet Love.” “Giving You The Best That I Got” was later released in 1988 and the title track became one of her signature songs.
As for her retirement, it looks as if, like the song says, she made a vow and she’s telling us now.
h/t The Grio