Vocalist Anita Baker is enjoying a warm welcome for her first album in a decade, My Everything, which was released September 7 on the Blue Note label. The set was previewed at radio with the track “You’re My Everything,” which was written by Detroit musicians Curtis Boone and the singing and songwriting Ridgeway Sisters. Baker then contributed some of the lyrics.
“You’re My Everything” has already proven to be Number One urban adult hit, and is rising on smooth jazz playlists. Baker says that she loved the song from the moment she first heard it: “They gave me this song and the moment I heard it I knew I would record it. It was a lot slower when they gave me the demo, and I changed the lyrics a lot. but the chorus–I mean, the hook of that song and the chord progressions are exactly as they gave them to me. It was just special from day one.”
The vocalist adds that she found the whole feel of the song to be uplifting: “The hook of that song it just rolls through me. It lifts me, it’s very uplifting. And basically it just says what I want it to say, you know, at this particular point on the journey.”
Baker has been doing a whirlwind press and promotion tour, and is planning to head to Europe for more of the same before mounting a U.S. tour early next year. She is also the headliner of the forthcoming Bermuda Jazz Festival, which takes place October 6 through the 10.