Recently signed as a Sony Music Artist under Bad Jeu Jeu Records, Kelli Baker brings a sound unlike any other.
”When I put on Kelli Baker, I get transported into a world of fresh nostalgia. Her voice is like the legendary blues women of the 1930’s and 40’s, but with a modern seductiveness. Her songs are moody and sensual and worth listening to on repeat. There’s no one with her particular sound right now.”
— Rob Rush, Program Director and PM Drive Host, 94.3 The Shark (Long Island)
With a powerhouse voice dripping with a haunting sensuality that slips easily into growling old school blues-tones, Kelli speaks her heart like a beat poet in a late night dive. The kind you only know if you’re in the know. Her music is an amalgamation of authentic blues/rock and heart-on-her-sleeve singer/songwriter pop with folk/gospel roots.
Now performing with The Kelli Baker Band, she appears regularly at iconic music houses such as NYC’s The Bitter End, taking the stage at The Cutting Room, Rockwood Music Hall, and some of New York’s most discerning venues. (NOTE: Kelli is also available as a solo act.)
Known in some circles as “The Phoenix”, Kelli was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She moved to New York in 2012, with $500 in cash, chasing the heels of Hurricane Sandy. Learning music like so many others in the church choir, Kelli graduated to fronting a hard rock band and a folk duo, writing her own music at an early age.
Kelli has recently completed two successful national tours, topped off with performing in Paris, France.
Her most recent track, “Blood on the Nile” was met with critical acclaim, landing on Spotify’s coveted editorial playlist, “Blues Roots”, as well as as commercial airplay on the UK’s #1 country music station, and a headlining feature in Guitar Girl Magazine.
Kelli has swiftly moved through the ranks of New York’s bristling music scene to become a known name. She has been featured in Relix Magazine, Guitar Girl Magazine, on WFUV’s coveted NY Slice, Rollin' With hosted by Rob Rush of 94.3 The Shark, Launch Music Conference & Festival, Montauk Music Festival Brooklyn Vegan, Broadway World, NYC.Com, Better Lemons, VoyagePhoenix, Faces of Long Island, Fresh Brewed Sessions, The Tedeschi Trucks podcast, Knock ‘Em Dead Comedy, UnRated Magazine, UK Radio’s Don’s Hit List, Governor's Radio, Breaking Sound Radio, Rising Stars Radio with Rick Eberle, The Douglas Coleman Show, DiscoverYou Radio, The Long Islander, and The Island Now, among many others.
Live, she delivers a commanding performance and has been compared to Bonnie Raitt, Chris Cornell, Susan Tedeschi, and Aretha Franklin. Her dynamic blues tones and gospel nods have been called a kind of ethereal blues. Her major influences are The Rolling Stones, Muddy Waters, Jane’s Addiction, The Black Crowes, Bonnie Raitt, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and Neil Young.
Kelli resides just outside of New York City.
“The Kelli Baker Band pushes out viscous, sashaying blues dripping with luscious, sleazy colors and gospel-like tangs, highlighted by the crème de la crème voice of Kelli Baker. Ranging from smoke-filled mistiness saturated by residual vitality to the unbridled exhibitionism of reckless dynamism, Kelli’s voice vibrates with evocative timbres.”
RANDY RADIC, GUITAR GIRL MAGAZINE
"If anyone can channel pain that is normally held deep inside it is Kelli Baker and seconds in here we could tell we were on the curve of the big emotional reveal here. It's in the way she sings, in the way she wraps the words in the playing so that slow grooves doesn't take from any second of this most personal of open diary entry. It gets quite haunting at stages but such is the rasp of the vocals there is no way we are going to be left to the blues without a stirring talking to. This is stirring stuff…an indication of the talent we are dealing with in Kelli.”
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2023 nominee, Bethpage “Best of Long Island” award series, Best Band Non-Cover
2023 Official Selection, National Women in Blues Showcase
2022 winner, Long Island Blues Challenge “Road to Memphis”
2021 nominee, Bethpage “Best of Long Island” award series, Best Singer from Long Island
2019 Newsday’s Rising Stars of Long Island