"Been So Long" is the title of one of Anita Baker's most cherished songs. It's also the way people feel about her music – it's been so long since we've gotten something new from her. (Just over 10 years, to be exact.) Well, that's all about to change in 2023. Not only is Baker going on a major cross-country concert tour, but the living legend will also bless us with new sounds that we'll finally get to hear in the new year.
Tucked away in the press release announcing the Anita Baker, The Songstress Tour was a quote from the grand dame confirming that she's gotten her groove back. “Looking forward to some crazy, lovely, hang time with my fans, on tour in 2023!" she shared, oozing excitement about her first full-fledged concert tour in 28 years, which will be a celebratory run marking 40 years since the release of her solo debut album The Songtress.
"Gonna, bring some new music & some special guests, too,” Anita went on to say and unbreak fans' hearts after previously announcing her retirement from music in 2017. That quote is all the information she shared, but it's enough to pique our interest.
This forthcoming newness from Anita Baker will be her first release since dropping her soulful cover of Tyrese's "Lately" back in 2012, which garnered her a GRAMMY Award nomination for Best Traditional R&B Performance the following year. At the time, "Lately" was the lead single from Baker's supposed final album entitled Only Forever. Due to have been released in October 2012, it was unceremoniously shelved for reasons unknown.
Whether we'll finally get to hear some of the songs from the vault that Anita recorded for Only Forever or if she's been in the studio making some new magic remains to be seen. There's also no indication when she'll unleash this new music while on her Anita Baker, The Songstress Tour. It could be as soon as her first tour date in February in Florida or as late as her last tour date in December in California.
While we may not know much at the moment, we do know that we absolutely positively cannot wait for Anita Baker's official return to music. And that's on "Sweet Love"!