Photographer – Richard-Ban.
Renowned for equal parts uplifting / tear inducing live shows, Bakers achingly raw lyrics intertwined with rich melodies and emotive vocal tone come together on his self titled debut EP due for release on March 21st.
With a voice producing shades of Motown-era soul, the singer / songwriters endearingly honest lyrics, mesmerizing melodies and vocal ability leaves no question as to why international media have touted this native New Zealander as one to watch.
Bakers first single release, a classic blue-eyed soul original “Even In The Darkness” won him the most votes on The Audience, a website dedicated to new, unreleased music. The prize included a recording session at Neil Finn’s Roundhead studios and music video funding. He then went on to attend the prestigious Red Bull Music Academy in New York, when he was chosen out of 4000 applicants to take one of only 60 places. Following the academy he spent the summer in London playing a series of shows and recording his EP with UK producer Andy Lovegrove (Breaks Co-Op, Super Grass).
Baker will tour NZ and Australia in the coming months, and has been hand-picked to attend the Sonar Barcelona Festival in June followed by other festival appearances in Europe before returning home to begin a new series of recordings.
“He has the rich vocal tones of John Mayer, the soul-filled lyrical and melodic ability of Jamie Lidell and a laid back, rasping style all of his own” – Hit The Floor, UK
“Bakers beautiful voice, (is) delicate and fragile, yet at the same time imbued with an emotional maturity” – The Next2Shine