“One of my very favourite Australian songwriters. His song "Nothing Comes Easy" is featured on my "Kindred Spirits" CD.”
— Graeme Connors
Brian Baker is a singer/songwriter living in the Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne, Australia. He sings and plays guitar, keyboards, bass and drums.
After moving to Australia from New Zealand in 1980, he performed with many Australian bands, securing a Sony recording deal with "The Ones" in 1986 after signing a publishing deal with Rondor Music. Around this time he scored his first song placement on the second Un Canny X-Men album, “What you give is what you get”. After writing and recording top 20 single “Heart” with The Ones he went on to co write the score for the movie "Rikki and Pete" with Eddie Rayner from Split Enz.
Eddie and Brian continued to work together as "The Makers", releasing 2 CDs through Warner, East West label, including the hit single and video “Big Picture”. Together with drummer Michael Barker, they toured Australia and New Zealand with the B52's.
Brian has spent his life in the music industry, performing at countless shows and writing and recording songs and music at the highest level of his profession. He now offers that expertise through his business “A Tractor Productions”, producing videos and music for companies, and helping other artists with songwriting and production, (ie recording beautifully produced and recorded CD's, and/or industry ready demos for them).
He hasn't stopped writing and performing his music, and his CD, “Hard Light” features Eddie on keyboards, some of which was recorded in at Neil Finns Roundhead Studios in Auckland.
Brian teamed back up with Eddie Rayner to create some of their best music together, performing at the Wiaheke Island International Jazz Festival in New Zealand in April 2012.
Live, Brian performs some of the great songs he's written, including "Nothing Comes Easy" which is being covered by Australian country artist Graeme Connors on his record “Kindred Spirits”, Graeme’s recording of his favourite Australian songwriters. He is also performing, writing and recording some of his songs with his band, “Gradual”, featuring Aria Award winning producer, David Carr on guitar.
Gradual has made an EP featuring the song "For Love" that Brian co wrote with Eddie. The band is now working on a full length CD and has completed some fantastic new videos. You can see shows Brian is doing with Gradual in the shows tab.
His recording studio, affectionately known as "The Bakery", is pumping out music, most recently the soundtrack for the TV Show "Inside Art" and Brian has also produced Michelle Chandler's latest CD, "Unravelling" which is receiving major airplay around the world. He produces other artists, working with the artist to bring out the very best in their songs and music using his vast experience writing and recording songs.
Download some of Brian's tracks and experience for yourself what a great singer/songwriter this artist has grown to become.