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R&B legend Anita Baker is set to visit Chastain Park Amphitheatre for two big shows July 14-15 -- and CL recently chatted her up about the impending musical extravaganza:

You haven't played Atlanta in a while. How do ATLiens respond to your live shows?

When I came to Chastain in 2003, I looked up at the audience and saw Chris Tucker sitting there and members of the King family. I was so [honored], I was practically crying after every song!

Have you always possessed such a rich, distinct voice?

My voice has always been very distinctive. When I was 12 years old, I really didn't like to talk because my voice was very deep. I wanted to sound like the all the other girls, who sounded kind of high and squealy.

Backed by live instrumentation, your music sounds incredibly organic. But have you ever thought about using electronically crafted tracks?

Oh, hell no. I'm just not one of those people. That's like kissing a dead guy.

$39.18-$98.58. 8:30 p.m. 4469 Stella Drive. 404-249-6400. www.classicchastain.com.

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