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3 January 2018, 10:07
Grammy Award-winning star Anita Baker has decided to retire from music after three successful decades.
However, it's not all bad news, as the 59-year-old has also announced a farewell tour.
Anita will host a special 'Farewell Concert Series' from March, but no tour dates have been released yet. She will also headline the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in the spring.
"So much to celebrate with you in 2018, she said on Twitter. "60th birthday in 25 days... farewell concert series beginning in March. We'll paint pictures together two last a lifetime... let's party!"
sO Much 2 CELEBRATE with you #2018. 60th Bday in 25 days... Farewell Concert Series, beginning in March... We'll paint pictures together 2 last a Lifetime... "Let's Party!" #OneLastTimeabxo damn... "Where does the time go?! pic.twitter.com/dMQpRgmTLY— Anita Baker (@IAMANITABAKER) January 1, 2018
The singer perfectly mixed jazz, soul and R&B styles throughout her career, had four number one R&B albums in the US, and scored several international hit singles including 'Sweet Love' and 'Body & Soul'.
In the UK, she has had four top 20 albums, including 1986's Rapture and 1994's Rhythm of Love.
Watch the video for her classic hit 'Sweet Love' below: