Chapter 8 is the debut studio album by the Detroit, Michigan-based group Chapter 8. It was released in 1979. It was their only album to include lead vocals from Anita Baker before she went on to solo stardom. The album for the company that was little noticed, except for the Baker-led minor hit single "Ready for Your Love". The single, written by David Washington, prefigured Baker's solo career in a duet with bandmate Gerald Lyles, backed by Michael Powell on guitar and Courtten Hale on sax.
"Ready for Your Love" was Chapter 8's first hit on the R&B chart in the United States. The hit single, written by bassist David Washington, is mainly remembered for prefiguring the solo career of Anita Baker in a duet with bandmate Gerald Lyles, backed by Michael Powell on guitar and Courtten Hale on sax.
^ abJoel Whitburn - The Billboard Book of Top 40 R & B and Hip-hop Hits 0823082830 2006 - Page 96 "CHAPTER 8 Group from Detroit, Michigan: Anita Baker (female vocals), Gerald Lyles (male vocals), Michael Powell (guitar), Courrlen Hale ... Ready For Your Love Ariola America 7763 Capitol 44170 2."
^The soulful divas David Nathan - 1999 Page 348 "Chapter 8 spent the next few years playing gigs in and around the Motor City, building a solid reputation for its heady ... hit the streets in the fall of 1979 and yielded two R&B chart singles, "Ready for Your Love" and "I Just Want to Be Your Girl." "
^Stars of soul and rhythm & blues Lee Hildebrand - 1994 " In 1978, Baker joined a ten-piece club band called Chapter 8. ... album for the company that was little noticed, except for the Baker-led single "Ready for Your Love," which checked in at a modest number 38 on TOP ALBUMS Rapture (Elektra, ..."
^ abDave Marsh, John Swenson The new Rolling stone record guide1983 p90 "Ready for Your Love" came close to being a hit, but that's about it, unless you're obsessed with overly mellow funk groups."
^ abDafydd Rees, Luke Crampton Rock stars encyclopedia 1999 p58 "Ready For Your Love, Don 't You Like It and Chapter 8 with the group before quitting the line-up in 1980 to settle into an office job in Detroit while simultaneously looking for a solo recording deal, which she finally secures with US independent ..."
^ abDavid Nathan The soulful divas: personal portraits of over a dozen ... 1999 p348 "album hit the streets in the fall of 1979 and yielded two R&B chart singles, "Ready for Your Love" and "l Just Want to Be Your Girl."