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Anita Baker's Caught Up In Search For New Inspiration

Of the Oakland Press

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When it comes to making some new music, Anita Baker says she’s “just waiting for the inspiration to show up.” But it may have to chase her a little bit.

The Grammy-winning Detroit singer — whose last studio album, “My Everything,” came out in 2004, followed by “Christmas Fantasy” a year later — is keeping herself busy with live performances and notes that “I can’t work on an album and be on the road.”

She did, however, collaborate with saxophonist Dave Koz on a version of “West Side Story’s” “Somewhere” for his “At the Movies” album and is working with keyboardist George Duke on a variety of projects.

With all that going on, however, Baker, 49, says there’s no shortage of sources for the inspiration she’ll ultimately require.

“If I’m on the road and if I’m around musicians, that’s gonna be the catalyst,” says the Toledoborn Baker, who resides in Grosse Pointe Shores with her husband, Walter Bridgeforth, and their two sons. “I certainly don’t find it when the landscapers are here and the guys are painting the kitchen and the dog needs to go out.

“I tend to find it around other musicians, and I tend to find it in my community.”

The best part about it, Baker adds, is that she’s now able to work on her own terms. She’s currently without a recording contract — by her choice — but she’s also in demand, regularly fielding inquiries from labels that want to put out the next Anita Baker release.

“I’m being courted and cavorted,” she says with a laugh. “I’m just not there yet — which is a good thing. I’m not complaining.

“But that’s the beauty of being a free agent. I can just kind of do what I want and when I want. Musical freedom — what a concept, huh?”

Anita Baker performs at 8 p.m. Saturday (July 21st) at DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road north of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $55-$75 pavilion, $15 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

Web Site: www.palacenet.com

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