Kaitlyn Baker was born and raised in Pound, Virginia, a small coal mining town (population 1,073) nestled in the heart of the Appalachia region with it’s profound and rugged beauty in it’s landscapes, culture, and people. At seven years old, Kaitlyn climbed on a stool in church and first sang her heart out. From that moment on, it was evident that Kaitlyn had a gift and was destined to sing.
By the time she had turned 14, she had completed two albums. As time went by Kaitlyn became involved in songwriting and was soon able to co-write with some of the best songwriters around, including professional songwriters in Nashville. Her songs took on a new sound and meaning, as she began to write the stories of her people, their culture and the place that held her heart. They were songs about the mountains of southwest Virginia, the dark depths of the coal mines, where her daddy and granddaddy had once worked, and spiritual songs that reflected her deep rooted belief in faith and family.
Kaitlyn was inspired at an early age to learn to play the mandolin and guitar by her grandfather, a musician who played multiple instruments. By age 15, Kaitlyn was making regular trips to Nashville to write, record and perform her songs. With every trip she made she was becoming more confident she was going to be able to accomplish her dream of becoming a performing artist. It didn’t take long for music industry professionals to take notice of her talent.
Fast forward now eleven years, after she first climbed up on that stool in church and sang her heart out, at eighteen Kaitlyn now appears on the cusp of Country music success.
Whether she’s playing for local crowds at the state fair with her band, or the famous Tootsie’s in downtown Nashville, sassy, sweet and full of Southern grace, her voice captivates her audiences and she holds nothing back while performing.