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Bands Featuring Sarah

The Wa Girls
Sarah Baker and the Cake
Sarah Baker Trio
Blues Kitchen

About

Sarah Baker
Blues, Rock and Soul Diva
Composer, Songwriter
Keyboards, Vocals
Performance Coach – Sarah Baker Studios

Sarah Baker comes to you steeped in the musical traditions of Memphis, Muscle Shoals and Nashville. Growing up within two hours of each of those cities, in a town near the Tennessee river, her music bears the marked native authenticity of blues, Rock, Soul, and Country that is identified with this remarkable creative region.

Mentored by people as varied as members of the Family Dog, Ralph J. Gleason, Jessie Mae Hemphill, and Huey Lewis, Sarah played as support group to an equally esteemed roster of musical greats, including Etta James, Taj Mahal, Lou Rawls, Tower of Power, Tom Petty, Craig Chaquico, Maria Muldaur, Norton Buffalo, and Dr. John.

After completing a music performance degree, Sarah spent five years in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico, where she began playing in her first bands–Mother Fox, Dolly and the Lama Mountain Boys, and the Oriental Blue Streaks–and returned her to her southern musical roots which solidified her direction as a blues, soul, and rock singer and songwriter.

When Dolly and the Lama Mountain Boys moved to San Francisco, Sarah found her home, and garnered a record contract with London Records in New York City. As a bandleader, she toured throughout the Northwest and the Southwest, receiving rave reviews from Vancouver, Seattle, and Portland to Denver, Albuquerque and San Diego. Subsequently, she worked as vocalist and keyboardist in the jazz fusion group, WBBH, and completed her PH.D in music and language.

As a composer, her commissions have resulted in a string quartet, “String Theories I,” performed at the International Virginia Woolf Festival in 2002, and two musicals cowritten with other artists. She has had music used as theme music for television on KRON-TV, in a documentary, in advertisements, and by the 80’s band Billy Satellite, artist Markus James, and songstress Bonnie Brooks.

Presently, she leads the band, Sarah Baker and the Cake, records, composes, writes songs, and serves as a performance coach for many young artists in Sonoma County, California. Her fourth album will be released in late 2016, and features Muscle Shoals swamp guitarist Will McFarlane as well as many world class San Francisco Bay Area musicians such as guitarist Garth Webber, the late drummer Billy Lee Lewis, Bassist Mona Gnader of the Waboritas, and Pittsburgh, PA. drummer extraordinaire, Janelle Burdell, who recently performed with Aretha Franklin.