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When Emily Baker was awarded the Arts Foundation Fellowship in Songwriting by Annie Lennox, things began to slot into place.
A critically acclaimed debut, House of Cards, soon followed, with Emily being described as an “intense songwriting talent” by Maverick Magazine.
Alongside touring with the likes of Amy Wadge and Jon Allen, she began to offer her ever-increasing fanbase a different kind of live experience: house concerts. She’d come over, play some songs and cook you a risotto: Baker by name, baker by nature.
It’s with a battered old guitar in her hand, however, that she’s most enjoyable. Balancing honest, often heartbreaking, music with hilarious between-song banter, she’s gained a reputation as a truly unique live act.
Little wonder Pete Doherty cited her as the person who inspired him to pick up the guitar. The two were reunited in 2010, with Emily opening for Pete at the Bournemouth Opera House and Hackney Empire.
Other notable gigs have included a headline slot at London Songwriters’ Week and showcases at the International Folk Alliance Festival in Memphis, Tennessee.
It was during this visit to Tennessee that Emily penned her latest album, All At Sea. A record of raw and rugged beauty, the result of a 4000-mile round trip of the American south. Recorded in just three days with Gavin Monaghan (Robert Plant / Scott Matthews). Its nine tracks represent a high watermark in Emily’s career; All at Sea is the sound of boundless prairies and big skies.
From the glacial beauty of Northern Lights to the homesick strum of Tennessee, you’ll hear the echoes of Carole King, Ryan Adams and K.D. Lang. These nine heartfelt songs detail love, ambition and human fragility – all told through Emily’s distinctive, soulful voice.
If you like your music real and raw, you’ll be swept away by All At Sea.