Calgary International Blues Festival (2015)
Singing the Blues Vocal Camp Selection
Michelle Baker says she was introduced to music "in the womb." This is evident in her creative, expressive nature as well as in her bountiful talents as a musician/songwriter.
Her Dad was her first and greatest musical influence, the young father a farmer who played local dances on weekends. Michelle and her siblings were nurtured on the music of Buck Owens, Charlie Pride, Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Creedence Clearwater Revival and the Beatles.
Raised in Tompkins, Saskatchewan, Michelle briefly studied piano before taking up the guitar. She soon began performing local dances with her Dad, earning her first pay cheques at the tender age of seven.
Michelle's most treasured musical memories come from this time, her father's pure pleasure and dedication to the music and performing inspiring her lifetime passion for music.
Over the years Michelle's diverse musical tastes grew, greats as Lucinda Williams, Lhasa, Patti Smith, Rufus Wainright, Marianne Faithful, Joan Osborne, Alice in Chains, Radiohead, Chris Cornell, Tommy Castro, Elmo Ferrer and more expanding her musical landscape.
A business owner and mother, Michelle's love for music drew her back to the fold in the early '90s, when she began singing lessons. She was encouraged by her vocal coaches and local musicians to return to the stage, and soon found herself performing as backup singer for vocalist Deanna Dubbin and with singer-songwriter McKinley Matters.
In 2009 Michelle teamed up with a local 4-piece band, focused on honing her songwriting skills, and performed a host of clubs and small festivals. She also spent time doing some solo and duo work.
Currently, she follows her passion for her solo career as well as performing with the three piece band Across The Sound on bass and vocals.
Musical highlights include performing MainStage at The Ford Women's World Curling Championships in Swift Current Saskatchewan in 2010, kicking off Calgary Bluesfest at a local club (2012), and in 2013 appeared at a host of small festival work. Michelle and her band played for Mayor Naheed Nenshi and The City of Calgary's post flood Stampede Breakfast (2013).
Alexis P Suter