Renowned for equal parts uplifting / tear inducing live shows, Louis Bakers achingly raw lyrics intertwined with mesmerizing melodies and an emotive vocal tone that produces shades of Motown-era soul, it leaves no question as to why international media have touted this native New Zealand singer-songwriter as one to watch.
Raised in a family where the classic sounds of the 60s and 70s were on firm rotate, Baker picked up a guitar at the age of eleven profoundly inspired by the sounds and techniques of Hendrix and Joni Mitchell.
At the age of 17, encouraged by his mother, Baker began singing which led him to winning a national song writing competition with two songs he would record some seven years later, Love and Birds. His prize was an acoustic guitar that he still records and travels with today. He then went on to study at Jazz School and after three years Baker left to apply a heavy focus on live performance which would see him playing the biggest music festivals in New Zealand, and sold out shows across the nation.
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 released his second single Birds in November 2013 followed by independently releasing his self-titled five track extended player in his home country in March 2014. The release debuted at #3 on the NZ Charts and #1 on the iTunes Singer-Songwriter charts.
Since the release Baker has toured New Zealand and Australia, and has recently played at a series of international show dates including Field Days – London, Sonar Festival – Barcelona, Sziget Festival – Hungary, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Glasgow Commonwealth Games and Splendour In The Grass.
While his voice blasts doors around the worldwide open, Louis Baker’s songwriting enchants. “I’ve got all this music within me. I call it expressive soul, because it’s simply the soul of a man and it’s expressive.”