Personnel: Anita Baker (vocals); David T. Walker, Paul M. Jackson, Jr., James Macon, Craig Cooper (guitar); Patrick Moten (keyboards); Nathan East (bass); Raymond Calhoun, James Godson (drums); Maxine Waters, Julia Waters, Luther Waters, Oren Waters, Carmen Twillie, Phil Perry, James Gilstrap, Clydene Jackson, Bunny Hull (background vocals).
Recorded at Kendun Studios, Los Angeles, California. Includes liner notes by David Nathan.
Digitally remastered by John Matousek & Gerard Smerek (Soundworks West, Hollywood, California).
Legions of soul and R&B fans became acquainted with Anita Baker with the release of her now-classic and award-winning debut, RAPTURE. However, it wasn't until her 1983 release, SONGSTRESS, that Baker received widespread adoration, making her one of the leading artists on the R&B music charts. (The opening track, "Angel," hit the Number 5 slot on the national R&B charts in November 1983.)
On SONGSTRESS Baker's rich, deep voice is not only endearing but poignant, even seductive. Her best vocal performances are heard on songs such as "You're the Best Thing Yet" and the superlative "No More Tears." Other highlights include the hit, "Angel" and the melancholic ballad "Sometimes." SONGSTRESS is one of Baker's most compelling and romantic releases to date.