15 Famous Artists We Were Surprised To Learn Started Out In Boy Bands And Girl Groups

July 17, 2014  |  
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Anita Baker

One of my favorites, Baker started singing for the funk band Chapter 8 in 1975. After being signed to Ar*ola records in the late ’70s, Baker was able to shine on songs like “Ready For Your Love.” Unfortunately, when Ar*ola was bought out by Arista, the group was given the boot, and the the members tried to blame Baker. They felt that she didn’t have “star potential.” Boy were they wrong!

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