By the mid-'80s, Anita Baker was on the verge of setting herself apart from her contemporaries with her next offering. After spending years perfecting her vocal craft with legendary Detroit band Chapter 8 and experiencing modest success with them, she decided to leave the music business altogether. She worked odd jobs around her hometown, then she received a phone call that would change the trajectory of her soon-to-be budding musical career. In 1982, she signed a recording contract with now defunct Beverly Glen Records. A year later, she released her debut album, The Songstress, and it left a lasting impression on the charts.
Shortly thereafter, she departed ways with her record company, signed a new contract with Elektra Records, and reunited with Chapter 8 member, Michael Powell, to assist with producing her follow-up album. Their union proved to be a match made in heaven. On March 20, 1986, Rapture was released by Elektra Records. With a refreshing fusion of jazz, soul, and R&B, it became an instant smash. The album spawned five singles, including the two Grammy Award-winning: "Sweet Love" and "Caught Up in the Rapture." For the album's thirtieth anniversary, we spoke with the man behind the magic, Michael Powell, about crafting this timeless record.