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Louis Baker announces debut album 'Open' and supporting album tour

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This June 21, much-loved kiwi singer-songwriter Louis Baker will release his debut album Open, featuring his powerful new single ‘The People' along with fan favourites ‘Black Crow’ and ‘Addict’.

Fresh off supporting US R&B/Soul artist Allen Stone across New Zealand and Australia last month, Baker announces a long-awaited New Zealand album tour, alongside upcoming UK dates in June. Tickets on sale from Monday 13 May9.00am from

“Each song on the album is a conversation. On this record, I try to put life into perspective, battle between the light and the dark, and seek to make sense of the world around me. The song ‘Open’ was inspired, ironically, from a strong disconnect between me and my creativity. I would often be over critical of my ideas, and would stop myself from creating something before I even started writing a song. Open is an album that says, 'take me as I am,” Baker reflects over his debut record. An album formulated around letting go of the past, accepting the present and feeling open to the future, this feeling threads itself around the project from beginning to end, hence the record’s suitable title, Open.

Coming to life in studios across London, Los Angeles, and Sydney, to his humble home studio setup in Pōneke/Wellington, New Zealand, Open has seen the world and taken it in. The record was created with the input of friends and familiar faces from around the world, including Grammy-nominated Engineer and Producer, Steve Rusch (Kendrick Lamar, Solange, Raphael Saadiq), Brad Ellis (Jorja Smith, James Arthur, Wilkinson), Jordan Rakei (Tom Misch, Disclosure) co-produced the title track with Louis, multi-platinum selling songwriter Lindy Robbins (Andra Day, Chromeo), Josh Fountain (Bene, LEISURE, MAALA), and Laura Bettinson (FEMME).

Sitting at 9 tracks, Open begins with Baker’s hearty anthem ‘The People’, followed by the subtle neo-soul inflections and electronic pulses of ‘Heart on Fire’ featuring MC Melodownz. Around the silky piano strokes of ‘Just A Memory’, a song dedicated to fleeting moments with the past, the organic musical arrangements blend acoustic and electronic instrumentation in a striking representation of Baker’s modern take on soul. The record closes on the airy, soaring title-track, bringing the project to full circle.

Baker’s velveteen voice exerts emotion like no other, sending audiences from pin-drop silence to elation, as he rolls between falsetto and a low, earthy range. Like perfect synchronicity, the spirit of those who sang before him echo throughout the subtle depths of his voice; Curtis Mayfield, Al Green, Marvin Gaye to the Precious Purple One. Carrying the torch of a younger generation of soul artistry in an aching world, Baker presents a debut that acknowledges the past, focuses on the issues of the present, and shares hope for the future.

Over the last 5 years, the world has watched in growing appreciation of the young singer-songwriter as he released a prolific volume of singles, which included ‘Rainbow’ (over 5 million streams on Spotify), ‘Fade’, ‘Gave It All Away’ (premiered on MTV), ‘Addict’, and APRA AMCOS Silver Scroll-nominated ‘Black Crow’.

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The People
Heart On Fire
Black Crow
So Lo
Just A Memory
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Louis Baker brings us new single 'The People' off upcoming album

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One of the most distinctive voices in modern music, Louis Baker releases ‘The People’, a humble anthem for the modern age. This heart-felt offering is out today, accompanied with a music video directed by Shae Sterling. Watch official music video HERE.

‘The People’ takes inspiration from the socially conscious songwriting cues of soul legends Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield, alongside a powerful line from Oscar Wilde“Why should they be grateful for the crumbs that fall from the rich man’s table?”

“I felt a calling to write something that was all encompassing,” says Baker. “A song that could lift people up, a song for anyone. Music has a tremendous power to unite us as one people, and that is something I truly believe in.”

Baker’s new track comes off his long-awaited debut album, due to be released later this year. Written in his home studio, the track was later brought to life in London, and produced by The Nextmen’s Brad Ellis (Wilkinson, James Arthur, Jorja Smith). Influenced by James Gadson’s drum work for Bill Withers, the high Strat jangle of Mayfield and the Motown punch of Joe Messina’s stabs, this is a song forged in the feelings of our unsteady world. Louis Baker has created a hymn for a point in time when the people have never needed it more.

Speaking on the making of the music video, filmed in Baker’s hometown of Wellington, Baker reflects: “I wanted this video to be honest and upfront. I wanted it to reflect my norm, where I grew up, the diversity amongst our small but international city, the warmth, the art, the people. My dad makes an appearance, he worked for 43 years as a fireman, my best mates, many of my friends, and people I have never met are in this video.  There are nods to musical minds that have paved the way before us.”


Baker will take his mesmerising live set around NZ and Australia, supporting American soul, R&B legend Allen Stone on a near sold-out Australasian tour. The tour will stop off in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Auckland, before wrapping up in Baker’s hometown, Wellington.


Sun 14th April  - Melbourne
Wed 17th April - Sydney
Thurs 18th April - Brisbane
Wed 24th April - Auckland
Thurs 25th April - Wellington

Over the last 5 years, the world has watched in growing appreciation for the young singer-songwriter as he released a prolific volume of singles, which included ‘Rainbow’ (over 5 million streams on Spotify), ‘Fade’, ‘Gave It All Away’ (which premiered by MTV), ‘Addict’, and APRA AMCOS Silver Scroll-nominated ‘Black Crow’.