“I’ve never kind of been one to hang in the light too long. It burns my eyes. I need some shade,” says Grammy Award-winning singer Anita Baker. Unlike other artists who fade into the background after disappointing sales or lack of fan interest, the veteran multiplatinum artist — known for late ’80s and early ’90s hits such as “Sweet Love,” “Been So Long,” and “No One in the World”, dimmed the lights on her own career right when it seemed to shine brightest.

Her 1994 Grammy-winning album, “Rhythm of Love,” sold almost two million copies and included hits such as “I Apologize,” and in 1995 she wrapped up a successful tour.

“After ‘Rhythm of Love,’ I went home to recharge, and life just started happening,” says Baker.

During her time off, her days were very different than before.

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