Chris Baker [60s, 70s, 80s and 90s Covers, Solo Artist]
Chris was an excellent choice for our party which celebrated 2 family birthdays, a 21st and a 60th! He got us all up dancing and singing along. Some party-goers were content just to sit in the marquee watching him as they were so impressed with his fantastic voice. He has a great range, and switched with ease from Michael Buble songs to Cee Lo Green (Forget You), a hugely popular Beatles medley, Gene Pitney's '24 Hours from Tulsa', The Killers, Green Day and many many more. His approach is very professional; he arrived punctually and set up without inconveniencing us at all. He was also happy to do a few 'requests'. Many of our guests said how great they thought he was, and would happily book him for any events they might hold in the future. Chris is a hugely versatile and accomplished singer and I would heartily recommend him to anyone contemplating a big party bash.
A music fanWednesday 3 August 2011
It was a pleasure to perform for such a fantastic and friendy party group, Iwill look forward to seeing you all again someday.
Billed as "a night of swing and surprises" this gig really lived up its title. Chris Baker excelled himself at Barnet Tennis Club giving a breathtaking performance that brought wild applause from club members.
Chris, who celebrated his 40th birthday this week, should rename himself Mr Versatility as the variety during the two sets was staggering. He started off in swing mode performing five Michael Buble classics, including Chris's regular 'opener' 'Cry Me A River' and the excellent Buble arrangement of 'Save The Last Dance For Me'.
Chris moved on to the musicals showing why he would make a good contender for a role in a West End production. He included items from 'Les Miserables', 'Miss Saigon', 'Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat' and 'Phantom Of The Opera'. The audience loved it.
In the second half Chris kicked off with two Stylistics hits, 'You Make Me Feel Brand New' and 'Sing Baby Sing.' demonstrating his fine falsetto range. 'Life On Mars' was followed by some dance songs.
But Chris realised there were some youngsters present so showed even more versatility performing 'Thinking Of You' (Olly Murs), 'Grenade' (Bruno Mars) and 'The Flood' (Take That). He sang also two rock classics by the Killers and the Kaiser Chiefs before ending with the Buble numbers 'Mr Bojangles' and 'Home'.
For Mr Baker it was yet another great show which won him a lot of new fans.
Colin Fenn, DJ, journalistWednesday 22 June 2011
It was a great night for me too, a great audience to engage with!
One of the best entertainers we have had the pleasure to hire at The Kings Head, Barnet. A1.
sue & tonyMonday 14 February 2011
Thank you Sue & Tony, I always enjoy the Kings'
Chris Baker is so determined to please his audiences that he is constantly learning new songs.
There aren't many solo singers who have more than 150 songs in their repertoire but Chris doesn't rest on his laurels and in recent weeks has added the Muse songs Uprising and Resistance.
At the King's Head he performed another of the newbies -- Take That's highly complex power ballad The Flood -- and he made a terrific job of it.
Chris was in top form again at a venue that keeps bringing him back. The first half (the longest I have ever seen by any performer) kicked off with Michael Buble's classic arrangement of the standard Cry Me A River.
It was followed by other great swing numbers like I'm Your Man, Don't Rain On My Parade, A Foggy Day In London Town, Up A Lazy River and Save The Last Dance For Me, a la Michael Buble.
But as this was a special party Chris showed his incredible versatility by switching styles at the request of the birthday boy. He was able to perform much more modern material (to an equally high standard) and pumped out hits by the Killers, Kings of Leon, the Kaiser Chiefs and Robbie Williams.
The one hour forty minute "half" included also songs by Neil Sedaka, Neil Diamond, Bobby Darin and Stealer's Wheel.
The shorter second half offered more jazz, swing, pop, rock and even ska numbers like Lip Up Fatty.
Chris Baker is already booked to appear again at the King's Head. No surprise there, then.
Colin Fenn, DJ, journalistWednesday 2 February 2011
Thank you Colin, It was a great night and an enjoyable challenge, we had such fun I almost forgot to take a break!
It's not often that you discover a potential star singing on the pub circuit.
But Chris Baker is no ordinary performer. Here's a guy who wouldn't be out of place on Britain's Got Talent.
How many artists would be brave enough to stand in front of a boozy group of pub regulars (mostly men) and sing Music Of The Night from The Phantom Of The Opera?
Or tackle a large selection of songs from that crooning master of suaveness Michael Buble?
Chris, armed only with backing tracks and a couple of mics, 'swings' his way through the Canadian's imaginative arrangements of classics like Everything, Home, Cry Me A River, I've Got The World On A String, Haven't Met You Yet, Fever and Save The Last Dance For Me.
But Hemel Hempstead-based Chris is no Michael Buble 'covers' artist. He has a wide-ranging repertoire that takes in Spandau Ballet (Gold, True, Through The Barricades), David Bowie (Ziggy Stardust, Life On Mars) and, almost unbelievably, Green Day (American Idiot, Wake Me Up When September Ends).
In between all this (during his two lengthy sets) Chris chucks in some Beatles, a medley of 1970's hits, plus some Tony Christie, Richard Marx and REM.
It's as if Chris likes surprising his audiences. And he did just that at the Kings Head when he demonstrated an incredible falsetto voice on the Stylistics' hits You Make Me Feel Brand New and Sing Baby Sing.
He stunned the punters again when he performed the recent Plan B smash She Said, complete with totally acceptable rap.
But it was the Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical number that brought a deserved ovation from the lively crowd.
The most remarkable thing about Chris Baker is that he started performing professionally only in January of this year. His father asked him to sing at his 75th birthday party and it took Chris time to pluck up the courage and take the musical plunge.
He should be very grateful to his dad as I think Mr Baker could have a big career as a singer. He has a powerful, tuneful voice and a nice sense of style when performing.
And I suggest that he enters next year's Britain's Got Talent show. He deserves to go far in a programme like that.
Colin Fenn, DJ, journalistTuesday 26 October 2010
Thank you so much for such a kind review, I'm glad you enjoyed the night as much as I did in performing it. Hope to see you again soon.