Anita Ward (born December 20, 1956 in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American singer.
Ward was a school teacher and had obtained a degree in psychology before being signed to a recording contract by Frederick Knight. While recording her first album, Knight presented her with a song he had written the previous year for singer Stacy Lattisaw. Ward did not like the song, but Knight insisted that a dance track was needed to capitalize on the current disco trend, and Ward relented. The result was the single "Ring My Bell" which reached number one in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom in 1979. Disputes with Knight, a car accident, and the fading appeal of disco music halted Ward's career and she came to be regarded as a one hit wonder.
On New Year's Eve 2002 she performed "Ring My Bell" in New York City's Times Square before a crowd of revelers as part of the city's official celebration.
On New Years's Eve 2005, Anita performed in Memphis, Tennessee at Backstreet. She sang her number one classic hit "Ring My Bell" and several other disco hits.