Beyoncé on the artist who soothed her as a child

Beyoncé has never hesitated to support other artists in the music industry. The “Crazy In Love” singer often collaborates with her peers, including Nicki Minaj and Justin Timberlake. She recently took Megan Thee Stallion under her wing and pushed the rapper’s song, “Savage” to the charts thanks to its feature film.

In addition to showing her love and support for emerging artists, Beyoncé pays tribute to those who came before the singer. The mother of three has previously expressed her admiration for a popular R&B artist.

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Beyoncé frequently listened to Anita Baker as a child

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles was born September 4, 1981. The Grammy winner spent her childhood in Houston, Texas, with her parents, Mathew and Tina Knowles, and her sister Solange Knowles. When Beyoncé was a teenager, her singing group, Girls’ Tyme, morphed into Destiny’s Child. In the late 1990s, she and her friends Kelly Rowland, LeToya Luckett and La’Tavia Roberson became famous singers. In 2000, the group won their first Grammy for the hit song “Say My Name”.

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After several years with Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé began working on her solo career. In 2003, she launched her album, Dangerously in love. The project was the catalyst for Beyoncé’s reign to stardom. However, she said BBC Radio in 2009 that she grew up with Anita Baker as her musical inspiration.

“I grew up in Houston, Texas, and my mom owned a hair salon,” Beyoncé explained. And they always listened to really sweet music, and I’ll never forget my childhood – I had my share of Anita Baker. She has the sweetest voice and her tone is so beautiful. No matter the lyrics or the melody [she’s singing], it’s just hearing her sing “ooh”, “aah”, or whatever – it’s so beautiful and soothing. I love how this song makes me feel, and Anita Baker is one of my inspirations.

Beyoncé has already covered a classic from Anita Baker

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Once Beyoncé became a musical sensation in her own right, the “Single Ladies” singer crossed paths with Baker. She said BBC that she and the “Caught Up in the Rapture” singer have met “many times” and have always shared a positive relationship. Beyoncé also said she admires the way Baker “embraces young talent” and is “one of my heroes”.

The “Irreplaceable” singer also expressed her love for Baker on stage. During her I’m yours performance at Wynn Las Vegas in 2011, Beyoncé added the singer’s hit song “Sweet Love” to the song “Sweet Dreams”. In addition to the performance, Blue Ivy’s mother featured the track on the concert’s live album.

Baker also admires Queen Bey

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Over the years, Baker has proven that she loves Beyoncé too. In 2019, the “Body and Soul” artist released the lyrics to Disney’s Queen Bey song. The Lion King soundtrack, “Bigger”. Baker continued to praise the project, The Gift, on Twitter.

Will we one day have a Baker and Beyoncé collaboration? Only time will tell.

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