Songwriting - Winner 2009
HOUSE OF CARDS:
‘more hits and hooks than a 12 round boxing match, a tour de fource in confident well crafted songwriting ... Baker, is set to become a star’
Drawing from the earthy inspirations of a long line of heritage singer songwriters such as Carole King, Brighton singer songwriter Emily Baker sets out her stall in this, her finely sculpted debut album and calling card 'House of Cards' (Little Love Records).
‘a smart and sassy debut...’
In 2009, Annie Lennox presented Emily with The Arts Foundation Fellowship in Songwriting which helped set the tone towards Emily writing the body of work contained within House of Cards.
'When I realised I felt a small pang of jealousy for how good one of these songwriters is - that was when I knew I'd found my winner.'
(Arts Foundation Judge)
Once on stage Emily is genuinely at home with the audience. Her skill is in balancing passionate storytelling with flashes of eccentricity between songs: she takes a slice of real life and serves it up with a melody.
‘Totally at ease with her music and audience...a name to look out for’
Emily has toured with Chris Difford and Amy Wadge & Pete Riley; she has supported Jon Allen, Jesca Hoop, Beth Rowley, Frank Turner and Gabriella Cilmi.
She headlined London Songwriters Week and played London City Showcase, The Secret Garden Party and The Great Escape Festival.
Pete Doherty cited her as the person who first influenced him to pick up a guitar she supported him at Bournemouth Opera House and Hackney Empire.
In 2011 Emily travelled to Memphis to showcase at The Folk Alliance Festival, making firm connections and will be returning for her first US tour in March 2012.