Kaitlyn Baker

Kaitlyn Adrianna Baker[1] (born November 23, 1994)[citation needed] is an American country singer and songwriter.

Kaitlyn Baker
Baker performing in November 2016.
Baker performing in November 2016.
Background information
Birth nameKaitlyn Adrianna Baker[1]
Born (1994-11-23) November 23, 1994 (age 26)
Pound, Virginia, U.S.
  • Singer, songwriter
  • Vocals, guitar, mandolin
Years active2014–present

Early lifeEdit

Kaitlyn Adrianna Baker was born and raised in Pound, Virginia.[1] Her father, grandfather and other family members worked in coal mines. Virginia Living magazine referred to her as a new "coal miner's daughter."[2] Baker started singing in church and then professionally as a young girl at events in her area.[3]

Professional careerEdit

Baker's debut single, "Burn", reached number fifty four on the MusicRow Breakout Chart in 2015, and inspired the creation of Kaitlyn Baker's BURN Sauce, a hot sauce produced by Pepper Palace in Sevierville, Tennessee.[4] Baker has said that the song, which is about a woman who gets revenge on her cheating husband, was loosely based on something that happened to her grandmother.[5]

In March 2015, her ballad, "Coal Train", was included on the 2015 ACM Awards ZinePak, a 2-CD album released by the Academy of Country Music and distributed exclusively through Walmart.[6] The album debuted at number four on the Billboard Country Albums chart.[7]

In November 2015, Baker released a cover of the classic Christmas song "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" in association with The Mansion Entertainment, a Nashville-based record label.[8]

In June 2016, she released "Heart of Appalachia," a song about her native Southwest Virginia. In a review, music critic Tom Netherland wrote, "Southwest Virginia glows in Baker's song."[9] "Heart of Appalachia" was designated the official theme song of the Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority, a nonprofit organization that promotes tourism in the region. An accompanying music video included cameo appearances by prominent bluegrass artists Ralph Stanley II and Larry Cordle. Cordle co-produced and sang background vocals on the record. Songwriter and musician Scott Arnold, who wrote the song with Baker, produced the music tracks.[10]

In September 2016, Baker released her single "To Pieces" to country radio.[11] An accompanying music video premiered on The Heartland Network, a national cable and satellite television channel.[12]

A member of Baker's band, guitarist Thomas Estep, was killed in a drunk-driving accident on January 1, 2017, when another vehicle crossed over the center line and collided with his vehicle on a Virginia highway.[13] As a result of the accident, Baker partnered with Mothers Against Drunk Driving to perform at the annual MADD Law Enforcement Recognition Banquet in Southwest Virginia.[14] She also announced that she was working on a new EP titled "Blackbird," which she planned to dedicate in Estep's memory.[15]

Baker released her EP "Blackbird" in April, 2018, with performances in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, and Gate City, Virginia. One song on the project, "Sassyfras Tea," was co-written by Baker and acclaimed country songwriters Tony Mullins and Larry Cordle.[16] The pop culture website BuzzFeed listed her among eleven "Badass Alternatives to Bro Country."[17]

Notable appearances by Baker include Country Jam Colorado,[18][19] the Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga, Tennessee,[20] the Young Artist Awards in Los Angeles, California,[21] the Findlay MarketCincinnati Reds Opening Day parade,[22] and "Song of the Mountains," a nationally syndicated public television concert series.[23] In concert, she has opened for popular artists including Craig Morgan,[24] Jim Lauderdale,[25] Travis Tritt, Billy Currington, Chase Bryant, Rhonda Vincent and others.[specify]


  1. ^ a b c "Your query : Creator's Name begins with BAKER KAITLYN on any territories (Domestic works)". ISWC. Retrieved February 17, 2020.
  2. ^ Tennis, Joe. "Coal Miner's Daughter". VirginiaLiving.com. Retrieved May 5, 2014.
  3. ^ Dauphin, Chuck. "615 Spotlight: Kaitlyn Baker and her debut single 'Burn'". Billboard.com. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
  4. ^ "Country artist Kaitlyn Baker to perform free show Saturday". KnoxNews.com. Retrieved October 23, 2014.
  5. ^ Thompson, Gayle. "Singer-Songwriter Kaitlyn Baker Releases New Single, Burn'". TheBoot.com. Retrieved July 9, 2014.
  6. ^ Harr, Dan. "ACM Attention Prompts Early Release of Kaitlyn Baker's 'Coal Train'". MusicNewsNashville.com. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
  7. ^ "Billboard chart roundup". ForTheCountryRecord.com. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  8. ^ Westover, Jeff. "Kaitlyn Baker is Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree". MyMerryChristmas.com. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  9. ^ Netherland, Tom. "Kaitlyn Baker has a 'Heart of Appalachia'". HeraldCourier.com. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
  10. ^ "Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority gets its own theme song". VirginiaBusiness.com. Retrieved June 13, 2016.
  11. ^ Holland, Angie. "Country singer Kaitlyn Baker is feelin' it". Oskaloosa.com. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  12. ^ Wright, John. "Miller joins with Virginia singer to produce country radio single". MurrayLedger.com. Retrieved October 22, 2016.
  13. ^ Griffith, Jessica (January 2, 2017). "Friends remember 21-year-old bandmate killed in New Year's Day head-on collision". WCYB.com. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  14. ^ "Baker to Honor Thomas Estep". coalfield.com. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  15. ^ Lorge, Melinda (September 19, 2017). "Here's how this emerging artist is paying tribute to her late bandmate". RareCountry.com. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  16. ^ Netherland, Tom. "Budding Country Singer: Kaitlyn Baker sings like a 'Blackbird'". HeraldCourier.com. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  17. ^ Cills, Hazel. "11 Badass Alternatives to Bro Country That You Need In Your Life". BuzzFeed.com. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  18. ^ Vinson, Christina. "Country Jam's 2016 Daily Lineup Revealed". TheBoot.com. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  19. ^ Scott, Jason. "Complete 2016 Country Jam Colorado lineup". axs.com. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  20. ^ "Riverbend Festival 2017: Get to know Kaitlyn Baker". wrcbtv.com. Retrieved May 8, 2017.
  21. ^ "Country singer Kaitlyn Baker to perform at Young Artist Awards in Studio City". TolucanTimes.info. Archived from the original on October 26, 2015. Retrieved May 1, 2014.
  22. ^ "Kaitlyn Baker to Appear in Cincinnati's Opening Day Parade". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved April 1, 2016.
  23. ^ "Boggs and Baker: Two girls from Pound to Perform on 'Song of the Mountains'". Cybergrass.com. Retrieved June 3, 2014.
  24. ^ "Mark your calendar, 2017 Scarecrow Festival returns Sept. 15-17". RecordHerald.com. August 22, 2017. Retrieved August 22, 2017.
  25. ^ "Two time Grammy winning legend coming to Miamisburg". Dayton.com. Retrieved August 9, 2017.

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