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Influenced by the smooth tones of Ella Fitzgerald & Nina Simone, the technical brilliance of Lang-Lang and the creativity of Tori Amos, Kate Bush and Amy Winehouse, Nina Baker is a fusion of blues, pop, skiffle, rock, folk, jazz, country and classical music all interwoven with hallmark piano riffs, emotive lyrics and a unique vocal quality.
Nina was hand-picked by BBC Introducing to attend their 2013 Master Class and came runner-up in MTV's Brand New for 2013 unsigned competition, beating over 500 acts to reach the final and impressing the MTV select panel who stated that "Nina brought something really unique to the competition, a mixture of light and dark makes her songs stand out”.
In less than 3 years she has grown her fan base and profile across the UK and Europe through printed, online and broadcasted media, and with her dynamic live show.
For the past 18 months Nina has been writing & recording her debut album across marquee studios with a range of prominent music-makers. It is very much an album of two halves.
The core of the album was recorded at Rockfield Studios in Monmouth, under the stewardship of Nick Brine (The Darkness, Stone Roses, Bruce Springsteen). Sessions at Red Kite Studios in Llandovery with Martin Levan (Iron Maiden, Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Sarah Brightman), brass composer Andrew Griffiths in Swansea and with the Ebbw Vale Male Voice Choir only adds to the heavy Welsh influence.
The other side of the album is distinctly a London affair. From The Kings Gospel Choir to the inspirational John Themis (Boy George, Kylie Minogue, Stevie Wonder, Sir Elton John) to string arrangements by Andy Bell and Sam Sweeney, the album will be one of the last made at The Church Studios in Crouch End.
Mixed by Tristan Ivemy (Frank Turner, The Holloways, Billy Lockett) and mastered by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road Studios, the album titled 'Quite Frankly' (dedicated to her late grandfather Frank Baker) is a big-scale, uncompromising production. A roller-coaster of rhythm, soaring highs and wallowing lows, it is due for release in 2014.
Keep following the journey……
"I had no worries that this album would be anything but superb" Backbeat, UK
"There is something fabulous about the debut of this singer" Welt-Musik, Germany
"Wonderful vocals and electrifying music" FATEA Magazine, UK
"Excellent album from a lady of immense talent, she writes really well has a beautiful voice and magical piano skills" Andrew Lock, UK
"Quite frankly I think it's mightily impressive" Pipspeaks, UK
"I have been listening to it almost constantly, playing the album so much, as it really touches me" Funky Wellies, Germany
"The album 'Quite Frankly' is a milestone in music" Street Rock Review, UK
"Her beautiful voice, the lyrics & the whole feeling you get when you listen to the album, it just all works together" House In The Sand, Germany
"Nina Baker is fast making a name for herself with her witty lyrics and piano-driven composition" Songwriting Magazine, UK
"If someone expects “Quite Frankly” to be another girly album, they might be disappointed. Which is actually good news" Welt-Musik, Germany
"The album leaves nothing to the imagination vocally and I would say Nina Baker will be one to watch" Female First, UK
"The charts are still caught up in the death throes of EDM, but if more organic song craft comes back, Baker could well be one to watch" So So Gay, UK
"I believe Nina to be the most creative musical mind since John Lennon" Street Rock Review, UK
"Baker strikes on something that is quite frankly, charmingly endearing" Eclectic Pop, Germany
"What's the best way to get Ralph to sit up and take notice? Be in possession of a unique voice, write cleverly crafted songs and send him a CD of your immaculately produced new album" Ralph's Life, UK
"It takes real balls to write your emotions down and then share them with the world, but that's what she does" Missy Vintage, UK