After being invited to perform at both the AWME Conference and Splendour In The Grass Festival in 2014, plus a shared national tour with Jordan Rakei, LOUIS BAKER has today announced his first headline tour this side of the Tasman.

In January & February this year, the soulful Wellington-based singer/songwriter took flight on an 18-date UK tour, including a sold out headline show in London. He’s performed on world stages including the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival (UK), Blissfields Festival (UK), London Field Days (UK), Sonar Festival (Spain) and Sziget Festival (Hungary), and returns to Europe again this month for the Great Escape Festival, Liverpool Sound City and Berlin Festival.

Renowned for equal parts uplifting / tear inducing live shows, Louis Baker’s achingly raw lyrics intertwined with mesmerizing melodies and an emotive vocal tone that produces shades of Motown-era soul, it leaves no question as to why international media have touted this native New Zealand singer/songwriter as one to watch.

Raised in a family where the classic sounds of the 60s and 70s were on firm rotate, Baker picked up a guitar at the age of eleven profoundly inspired by the sounds and techniques of Hendrix and Joni Mitchell. Come high school, there were brief flirtations with heavy metal and the chance of promising sports careers, all happily derailed when he was introduced to the music of Jeff Buckley and D’Angelo.

Around this time at the age of 17, encouraged by his mother, Baker began singing which led him to winning a national song writing competition with two songs he would record some seven years later, Love and Birds. His prize was an acoustic guitar that he still records and travels with today. He then went on to study at Jazz School and after three years Baker left to apply a heavy focus on live performance which would see him playing the biggest music festivals in New Zealand, and sold out shows across the nation.