Featured artist: Emily Baker
Singer songwriter Emily Baker may sound as if she was born and raised on whisky and country music in the heart of Nashville but sometimes sounds can be deceiving.
She is in fact from Brighton but the influence of America is all over the often breezy, often beautiful pop music of her latest album All At Sea. The nine-song record was inspired and written during a 4,000 mile trip of the American South with Kira Small.
Recorded in three days with Gavin Monaghan, a man who has previously worked with the likes of Robert Plant and Scott Matthews, Emily conjures up echoes of the likes of Carole King and Ryan Adams with songs which tackle big themes – think love, ambition and human fragility and you’re in the right musical ball park…
She was initially awarded the Arts Foundation Fellowship in Songwriting by Annie Lennox before recording her debut album House of Cards back in 2009. The record gained her much praise and saw her songwriting talents labelled as ‘rich’ and ‘intense’ by Maverick Magazine.
She’s also won fans through her ‘house’ gigs, which involve Emily playing initimate shows at their homes. As she says on her website, these events involve “two 45 mins sets with a break in the middle for drinks, chatting and maybe a bit of pie”.
While also gaining plaudits for her unique live shows, she’s also credited with being the reason former Libertines and Babyshambles star Pete Doherty picked up a guitar. She ended up playing with him as support act in 2010 at the Bournemouth Opera House and Hackney Empire. Although there is far more to her music than just that…