Bluesfest is excited to welcome Caiti Baker to the festival in 2018. A vocalist and front woman raised on the sounds that birthed popular music she was born into a household filled with vinyl, CDs and tapes of Blues, Soul, Gospel, Jazz, Big Band and Rock & Roll. Caiti’s father, a Blues musician himself, made sure that she was raised amongst music.
As a child, Caiti developed a love and appreciation for the pioneering music but was drawn obsessively to Hip Hop, R&B, New Jack Swing and Neo soul. After being given an 8 track digital recorder, she learnt how to write and record songs on her own from the age of 12 inspired by the greats like Aretha Franklin, Big Mamma Thornton, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Etta James and Little Walter; Caiti began to take notes on Missy Elliott, Aaliyah, Destiny’s Child and Lauryn Hill.
She started her career in electro soul act Sietta, leaving to forge her own path in 2014. In 2015, she toured with and supported Gurrumul on his Gospel Album Tour and in 2016/17, Caiti joined A. B. Original as a special guest on tour dates and debuted new music at the Darwin Festival. Caiti also found time to spend some time in the studio with Pete Murray to lay down some backing vocals for songs on his long awaited album ‘Camacho’.
She released her debut album ‘ZINC’ on October 6 2017, and followed up with a hugely successful Australian tour. Caiti writes songs about what she knows and feels, sings with her soul and unashamedly performs the hell out of them. But that will all be obvious when you hear her music and watch her perform in Byron Bay over Easter – she will have you either dancing or chilling with a grin on your face.
Each piece is unique, each uniquely wonderful.”
- Rolling Stone Australia
“An exemplary vocal range is Baker’s weapon and man, does she wield it with grace, confidence and charm.”
- AU Review
“Baker has a swaggering voice to rival that of Adele – 4 stars”
Caiti Baker plays Bluesfest on Thursday 29th March, Saturday 31st March, Sunday 1st April & Monday 2nd April