Joel Baker is a singer-songwriter, born in Nottingham, now based in London. He is the next big thing, let me tell you now, not many artists immediately stand out to me, but Joel Baker did. He has that ‘special’ quality that sets him apart from the pack, he is sure to go far.
After releasing his début EP, Long Sleeves, just this week and being confirmed as one of the last acts to be added to the bill for Reading and Leeds Festival this year, he is currently riding on a wave of success that has been long overdue. The combination of his mellow vibes ala Ben Howard and quick delivery Ed Sheeran style, mixed with his soulful yet edgy vocals, makes him unstoppable. With undeniably deep lyrics like ‘I want to swim deep in your spirit and then dry off in your heart’, he makes falling in love seem even more beautiful. With song lyrics like this, it’s easy to say that he is pure and simply, a skilled songwriter. He makes music for the soul, his heart-wrenching tone and the simple complexities of his songwriting makes him the only singer-songwriter that I have come across that could rival Jake Bugg, and that is something that I don’t say likely.
He is a singer with lots of versatility, one minute he’s wrapped up in his emotions, singing about love and heartbreak, which is as captivating as watching Andy Murray in the final moments of his match against Novak Djokovic at this year’s Wimbledon before he finally takes the win. Then, the next he’s spitting off lyrics left, right and centre, but it’s just as engaging as the latter, he is a truly magnificent one-of-a-kind artist, one that doesn’t come around very often. I can’t wait to hear more from him, it’s so refreshing to see someone who’s so full of inspiration and that makes every one of his songs original and meaningful. I can’t stress it enough, you need Joel Baker’s music in your life.