She took an interest in music at an early age, and with the encouragement of her parents, she began singing in the church choir.
Eventually, she began taking piano lessons at the age of nine, and started singing professionally at the age of eleven. She and her brother, Brent Stapleton, became members of a Country/Gospel band, and began performing at local churches, county fairs, and outdoor festivals throughout their home state of Pennsylvania.
At the age of twelve, she became a regular performer on a local, live radio show called,
"The Appalachian Jubilee", and she and her brother stepped into the recording studio for the first time when Anita was thirteen.
In the years that followed, she and Brent formed a group of their own, and began performing at various venues in the surrounding states of Maryland, Delaware, New York, West Virginia and Ohio, where she gained more stage experience, and opened for such country artists as:
Bill Anderson, Crystal Gayle, Jean Shepard,
Marty Stuart, Ronnie Milsap, Ricky Skaggs, Buck Trent, Jerry Reed, Boxcar Willie, Ferlin Husky, Eddie Rabbitt, Little Jimmy Dickens, Billy Walker, Melba Montgomery, Tammy Wynette, McBride & The Ride, Tanya Tucker, Sammy Kershaw, Jerry Reed and Tom T. Hall.
At the age of eighteen, Anita started performing on a regular basis at the WWVA Wheeling Jamboree, in Wheeling, West Virginia.
She moved to Nashville in the fall of 1995, and in the summer of 1997, she began touring on the road as a background vocalist for country artist Patty Loveless, and continued doing so until December of 1998, when Patty took a hiatus from touring.
Anita has served as a background vocalist in the recording studio, and on live stage performances for artists including: Sonya Issacs, Connie Smith, John Wesley Ryles, Merle Kilgore, Jeanne Pruett, Betty Jean Robinson, Moe Bandy, Jack Greene, Tommy Cash, Charlie Daniels, Collin Raye, Johnny Counterfit, Jeannie Seely, Mickey Gilley, Jim Ed Brown, Sheb Wooley, and Cowboy Jack Clement.
She has made several television show appearances, including: "Grand Ole Opry Live", "Live With Regis & Kathie Lee", "Austin City Limits", "Late Night With Conan O'Brien", "Tennessee Mornings - Fox 17 Nashville", "The Inspirational Country Awards", "The Marty Stuart Show", and "Larry's Country Diner".
From 2010-2014, Anita worked "behind the scenes" on "The Marty Stuart Show" as the "Guest Liaison".
And, from 2011-2014, Anita performed every other Saturday afternoon at the downtown Nashville Ernest Tubb Record Shop with legendary guitarist and former Texas Troubadour, Leon Rhodes.
Currently, she is performing in the Nashville area, at various venues, and continues to perform with her brother, Brent.
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