Caiti Baker, a vocalist and front woman raised on the sounds that birthed popular music, is now releasing her new sound onto the masses. 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. Whether it was playing on the stereo, in the car, at a concert or attending week long festivals – music was everywhere.
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, Lauryn Hill, Janet Jackson and Faith Evans.
She got better at writing and singing and formed an electro-soul act with bass player and producer James Mangohig in her early 20s called Sietta. Together they toured nationally and internationally, supported some great acts, played many festivals, released 2 EPs and 2 albums which had a few songs that got some air play on a few great radio stations.
In the later months of 2014, Caiti decided to step out on her own. A catalyst for doing so began with the reunion between Caiti herself and her father after a 4 year falling out. Upon this reunion, Caiti’s father gave her a USB sample bank of his original guitar licks, harmonica ideas and riffs which were recorded on his mobile phone.
Passing the USB key to James Mangohig, who is now an ARIA nominated producer (Daniel Johns, Briggs), Caiti and James teamed up with ARIA award winning double bassist and producer Michael Hohnen (Gurrumul, Tom E Lewis) to become a production force that no one can mess with. Together, the three of them have been writing, honing and recording songs that link 2 eras and a plethora of genres together to form a sound that is only unique to Caiti Baker.
In 2015, Caiti signed to Perambulator Records in Darwin. She released her debut single ‘Heavy On My Heart’ in August 2016 to great acclaim and in January 2017, Caiti released her second single ‘Make Your Own Mistakes’.
In the winter of 2015, she toured with and supported Gurrumul on his Gospel Album Tour. Throughout 2016/17, Caiti has joined
A.B. Original (Briggs and Trials) as a special guest on tour dates (Hilltop Hoods Restrung Tour, St Jerome’s Laneway Festival) and
festival gigs. She is also a featured vocalist for A.B. Original, a backing vocalist for Briggs and is heavily affiliated with his record label
Bad Apples. After debuting her music at the Darwin Festival (‘16), Caiti embarked on an extensive headline tour over 4 months down
the east coast, followed by 2 support runs with Dan Sultan and Son Little (USA) where she was accompanied by guitarist
Lindsay “The Doctor” McDougall.
So far, In 2017, Caiti played (with great acclaim) at the renown world music festival Womad. She has also supported Australian chart-topper Guy Sebastian and American legend Booker T. Caiti can also be heard and seen featuring on a track with Briggs which was written for the NRL Fox League called ‘Here’. Together, Briggs and Caiti performed the song live at Brisbane’s SunCorp Stadium for the National Indigenous Round Game in May. Caiti also found time to hang out in the studio with Pete Murray to lay down some backing vocals for 2 songs on his long awaited album Camacho. Whilst back home taking a break from touring to finish her album, Caiti attended and performed at the NT Song of The Year Awards. Her first single ‘Heavy On My Heart’ won best Blues & Roots song whilst her second single ‘Make Your Own Mistakes’ won best Pop song as well as ‘Song Of The Year’.
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, which will have you either dancing or chilling with a grin on your face.
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MichAEL HOHNEN + JAMES MANGOHIG
The music I make, the lyrics I write and the melodies I sing would be nothing without the fresh vision and production of Michael and James. Utilising original guitar and harmonica samples from my Dad, working with esteemed horn arranger Eugene Ball, calling on the instrumental stylings of some of the country's greatest, Michael and James are so instrumental in the Caiti Baker Sound.
+ BAD APPLES MUSIC
You might have seen me rolling with my homies (and favourite Rappers) Briggs and Trials of A.B. Original. I feature on their debut banger 'Reclaim Australia' and jump up on stage with them when I can. The Bad Apples Family are a collective of dope artists who are changing the culture of music and community in Australia.
Darwin based legend Jett Street takes all my press shot pics when I'm home and need some fresh images. Jett's aesthetic is potent and beautiful and I love following her multiple Instagram accounts that feature her portraits, weddings and her beautiful kids. Jett is also a gifted storyteller!
Incredible Darwin based Haut Couture Fashion Designer Matilda Alegria has graced me with flawless custom pieces that I absolutely love wearing! Using high quality fabrics, prints from Darwin pop artist Franck Gohier and Tiwi Designs artist Osmond Kantilla, Matilda creates wearable magic that always has people talking! If you're looking at getting the perfect outfit/gown/wedding dress made – Matilda is the one!
MAKE UP + Hair
Little fox make up artistry
My homegirl Emily of Little Fox Make Up Artistry is the woman behind my hair and make up on both of my video clips – Heavy On My Heart and Make Your Own Mistakes. She's also super qualified at managing my life during shoot days and has my favourite sense of humour. Emily also specialises in skin care. She's based in Sydney, NSW so if the occasion calls, utilise her services...
The lifewear crew have been kind enough to deck me out in what have become some of my favourite clothes to wear – suitable for stage and casual wear! I love wearing the art of amazing Australian artists. Go get some fly threads from lifewear asap!
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