“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” - Jen Jaconelli, Hit The Floor Magazine, UK
With an astute eye for lyrical detail, a rich vocal tone that harks back to classic Motown-era soul and a direct and expressive guitar style, Wellington-based singer / songwriter Louis Baker is one of the most promising new talents to emerge from New Zealand in recent years.
After wowing audiences as opening act of choice for The Thomas Oliver Band, and as part of new generation super-group Brockaflowersaurus-Rex & The Blueberry Biscuits, Louis is moving into the center stage spotlight.
Prizing the intimacy and immediacy of performing solo with his guitar, Louis sings openly and honestly about his life. For a young man, he’s completely comfortable exploring the big themes - love, loss and a life unfolding - all the while keeping the energy and interaction front and centre for his audience.
Alongside his live performance schedule, Louis is busying himself in the studio; working on his debut EP, preparing new material for a series of anticipated festival performances over the summer months, and collaborating on new projects. Notably, Louis is part of Vanilau, Maxwell, Baker, a ‘Crosby, Stills and Nash’ styled group with Mark Vanilau and one of Baker’s heroes, Warren Maxwell, who personally invited him to join the group.
“My music is love, soul, beauty, peace, meaning.” - Louis Baker
" I was truly floored when I first heard him sing. His voice is a conduit for pure emotion and the maturity of his songwriting completely contradicts his age. There is a soulful path written already for this gifted minstrel." – Warren Maxwell
Photograph by Russell Kleyn