Michael is a 28 yr old singer-songwriter from the south of England, half French (mother’s side) in his formative years he spent 6 months of each year in the beautiful French Alps (Saint Gervais) where he first honed his writing skills.
At 18 he travelled around France and the rest of Europe busking for the first time on the streets to make his way from one place to the next living out of a tent. It was his first experience of playing his own music to a crowd of people and getting money from his art. When he came back to England he says he knew writing & performing music was something he had to pursue. Michael applied and was accepted to study his craft at world renowned ACM in Guildford. Over the next few years Michael played and wrote in various bands. In-between all this he was always writing music for his solo project without thinking about ever putting it out. As the bands faded and split up he was left with wondering what to do next.
Michael took to the streets, busking again & began to play his new own solo music to strangers, a great way to get feedback and trial sings to the public he recounts. He then saved up money from busking and with the help of long-time friends created his first solo E.P. 'Keys to the Kingdom' followed up with the raw live Caroline' E.P. ' at the same time he decided to live in his van & give it everything he had. Michael travelled wrote and went to record his debut album whilst also working part time in various cafe's & taking any job he could to save up money to make this album; including being a van for hire man, jobs included, rubbish collection and home removals, anything to earn money to survive. Dust & Bone has been two years in the making with Michael whittling down over 50 songs to 11 tracks that he can be proud of. The album has been Produced and Mixed by Bristol-based producer Dan Brown (Massive Attack, Phantom Limb) songs written with Dan Brown, Jim Lowe (Sterophonics, The Charlatans, Herbie Hancock) Peter Vettese (Carly Simon,Simple Minds) Ben Christophers (Bat For Lashes,Guy Garvey) along with long-time collaborators, Speakman Sound, Charlie Elwess, Ed Martin & Georgia Mason.
Pouring his heart and soul into every sinew of these songs, the feeling of sheer honesty, belonging and serenity that many say are Michael’s hallmark, are constantly demonstrated throughout this Album.
“The simplest of things can be most effective. Michael’s music is sparse, skeletal yet often deeply moving” – Clash Magazine
“Gorgeous, soothing singer-songwriter folk that would give Ben Howard a run for his money” – Tom Robinson (Fresh On The Net)
“Michael Baker’s music has a raw honesty that captivates you” – Mahogany Blog
Dust & Bone, the debut album from Anglo-French singer/songwriter, Michael Baker, was released in October 2016. It follows the critically acclaimed EPs Keys To The Kingdom and Caroline and current single ‘Anywhere Anytime Soon’
Co-written, produced and mixed with a variety of well-respected names, including Dan Brown (Massive Attack), Jim Lowe (Stereophonics, The Charlatans, Herbie Hancock) Peter Vettese (Carly Simon, Simple Minds) and Ben Christophers (Bat For Lashes, Guy Garvey), Dust & Bone has been two years in the making with the ever prolific Michael whittling down over fifty
'If the song is built correctly then everything else is just decoration.
At least, that seems to be the philosophy running through Michael Baker's work. New EP 'Caroline' features a range of collaborators, but that raw, stripped back sound could only come from one artist.'
'As far as debut albums go, this is a formidable statement of intent. A contender for any "Album Of The Year" award you care to mention.'
'If you are a fan of Bon Iver or Ben Howard, you’ll certainly love Michael Baker's album.' – HitTheFLoor
'Gorgeous, soothing singer-songwriter folk that would give Ben Howard a run for his money...' – Tom Robinson (Fresh On The Net)
'Michael Baker’s music has a raw honesty that captivates you' – Mahogany Blog
'Michael was phenomenal, really blew us away...' – Adam Maestro, Head of Booking Sofar Sounds