These artists appeared at Festival 2017
Caiti Baker, a vocalist and frontwoman raised on the sounds that birthed popular music, is soon to release her new music 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 eight-track digital recorder, she learnt how to write and record songs on her own from the age of twelve. 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, Lauren Hill 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 which had a few songs that got some airplay on a few great radio stations.
Since stepping out on her own, Caiti has been signed to Perambulator Records in Darwin and has toured with and supported Gurrumul on his Gospel Album Tour in 2015. Caiti is also a backing vocalist for Briggs and is heavily affiliated with his record label Bad Apples (A.B. Original, Birdz). Caiti and her father didn't always get along and after a four-year break from each other, they reunited. Upon this reunion, Caiti’s father gave her a sample bank of his original guitar licks, ideas and riffs
James Mangohig, who is now an aria nominated producer (Daniel Johns, Briggs), 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 two eras and a plethora of genres together to form a sound that is unique to Caiti Baker.
Caiti writes songs about what she knows and feels, sings with her guts and 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.