Before he could wrap his head around it, Baker had a hit song in his native Switzerland and was well on his way to breaking out worldwide. He made his first appearance at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival at just 18 years old, and soon after, he was selling out massive headline concerts, topping the album charts, and racking up a slew of major awards. Now 26, Baker is preparing to release his most ambitious album yet, one that pushes his unique blend of upbeat indie rock, infectious pop, and breezy folk into bold new territory as he solidifies his status as a genuine international star. Not too shabby for a kid who was supposed to spend his life on the ice.
Bastian Baker grew up multilingual, so even though he was raised in the French-speaking region of Switzerland, he was enamored with English language songwriters. As a youngster, he gravitated toward the storytelling of Simon & Garfunkel, the drive of REM, and the epic bombast of Queen. Whenever he had a spare moment from hockey training, he was in his bedroom with a guitar, writing and practicing relentlessly. When his effervescent debut single “Lucky’ began to climb the charts, it became abundantly clear that Baker’s future lay with songs, not skates, and that meant his work had only just begun.
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