Singer, Songwriter, Storyteller
Kaitlyn Baker’s music reflects the beauty of the Cumberland Mountains and ruggedness of the coal mining culture in which she was raised. Indeed, this 20-year-old singer/songwriter from Pound, Virginia, has been referred to as a new “coal miner’s daughter.” BuzzFeed called her “feisty” and named her one of 11 “badass alternatives to bro country.”
With influences from Elvis to Loretta to The Beatles, Kaitlyn’s style is traditional country tinged with rock, blues and bluegrass. Her ballad “Coal Train,” which was inspired by her hometown, was included in the official 2015 Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards ZinePak, alongside tracks by such superstars as Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Florida-Georgia Line, Luke Bryan and others. The 2-CD compilation debuted at #4 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart and remained in the Top 10 for three consecutive weeks.
Meanwhile, Kaitlyn’s debut radio release, “Burn,” tells the story of a woman who won’t tolerate a cheating man. The single reached #54 on MusicRow’s Country Breakout Chart. It even inspired the creation of Kaitlyn Baker’s BURN Sauce, made by Pepper Palace in Sevierville, Tennessee, one of the world’s leading hot sauce producers. Like the sauce that bears her name, this gal is on fire!
Kaitlyn has been performing professionally since she was a young girl, and has opened for several acclaimed artists including Travis Tritt, Billy Currington, Rhonda Vincent, Sammy Kershaw and others. She has performed from coast to coast, including House of Blues in Los Angeles and such iconic Nashville venues as Tootsie’s, Hard Rock Café, 3rd and Lindsley and 12th and Porter. She also taped an episode of the nationally syndicated PBS television concert series “Song of the Mountains.”
If she’s not in a Nashville recording studio, chances are you’ll find Kaitlyn at home in the country, playing with her dogs, riding horses or fishing. Then, all of a sudden, a word or phrase, an old memory or melody, will pop into her head, and by the end of the day, what began as a fleeting thought has become a new song about a person, a place, or maybe just a feeling that’s deeply personal, but ready to be shared.