Anita Pointer is the legendary Grammy Award winning, lead vocalist of the world-renowned group, The Pointer Sisters. Anita scats; she sings country, R&B, rock, and gospel and always leaves her audiences wanting more. Anita Pointer’s roots are in Prescott, Arkansas. Anita began singing in church where her parents Reverend Elton and Reverend Sarah Pointer were pastors. Nurtured in the church and seasoned by a lifelong interest in different musical flavors, she has incorporated an abundance of influences into a sound that is, exuberant, joyful, sultry, powerful, and always unforgettable. By the early 1970′s Anita had redefined her voice to such an exacting point that rock luminaries like, Dave Mason, Taj Mahal and Elvin Bishop were soliciting Anita for her phenomenal vocal services.
Yes We Can Can, by Allen Toussaint so moved Anita that she encouraged her sisters to include it on their first album. Anita’s lead vocals on the track made this song The Pointer Sister first hit single. Another hit song written by Anita and Bonnie entitled, “Fairy Tale,” won Anita her first Grammy, became a country hit, and was recorded by the late Elvis Presley. This enabled Anita with her sisters to become the first black female group to grace the stage of the world famous Grand Ole’Opry. In 1975, with Anita’s lead vocals, gold struck again for The Sisters with their Mega #1 hit, “Betcha Got a Chick on The Side,” another song written by Anita and her sisters. Beginning in the early 1970′s to the late 1980′s with Anita’s lead vocals paving the way, The Pointer Sisters set up what seemed to be a permanent residence on the music charts. Once again Anita’s lead vocal on Bruce Springsteen’s “Fire” was another chart topper for Anita.
In 1984 she wrote the song that expresses how she feels about life, “I’m So Excited”. It rose to the top of the charts and became Anita’s theme song. Throughout her music career, Anita has had the opportunity to appear in television and film, displaying her versatility as an entertainer on such shows as Carol Burnett, Flip Wilson and the classic comedy film, Carwash. She recently completed a national tour of the Tony award-winning Musical Fats Waller’s “Ain’t Misbehavin”.
One of the highlights of her career came when she received a star with her sisters on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Anita continues to write songs and in her leisure time has amassed a large collection of Black Americana. Her two decades of collecting have not only given her joy but have taught her an appreciation of the past. Anita gives thanks everyday for the God-given ability to perform for the world and share the greatest communication of all the gift of song.