James Lee Baker
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James Lee Baker

Amarillo, TX | Established. Jan 01, 2008 | SELF | AFM

Amarillo, TX | SELF | AFM
Established on Jan, 2008
Solo Folk Americana


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Independence Day is a great song that deals with starting over, something all to many of us find ourselves doing. This uplifting and hopeful cut is an inspiring track especially for those facing a broken relationship or lost love. J.L. is able to capture those new beginning’s with his tasteful song . Tasty ,uplifting and hopeful J.L. Baker shines a light on his new beginnings and ours with a great new release and a ton of enjoyable and completely listenable tracks you won’t want to miss. Review Posse Approved.

A fresh tenor voice singing original, catchy tunes that leave you singing along. Lyrically poetic; riddled with stories about the successes and triumphs of life, as well as the bitter moments and realistic truths. A guy with a gift to touch hearts in his songs.

James Lee Baker from Colorado is has a brand new EP available entitled “Stand Alone” its so new its still warm from the presses and you know that fresh EP’s taste better than stale ones, so grab J.L Bakers new release right now and support independent music > - Review Posse

J.L. Baker, a talented rock/pop singer/songwriter based in Denver, CO, has won the SongwriterUniverse “Best Song Of The Month” Contest for March, for his song "Independence Day.” This song is included on his upcoming 4-song EP, Stand Alone, which he will release independently in May (2010).

“Independence Day” is a passionate acoustic/rock song, which in the mainstream vein of The Fray and Dave Matthews Band. It is particularly well crafted, with a surging pre-chorus which leads into strong, hooky chorus, plus an effective bridge section. The recording features expressive lead & harmony vocals by Baker, and it was expertly produced by Baker and Tyler Ward. On "Independence Day, " Baker played the guitar tracks (acoustic & electric), while Ward played piano, bass and drums.

Baker was born and raised in Amarillo, TX, where he was inspired by listening to such artists as Bob Dylan, David Gray, and indie artist Ellis Paul. He started to play guitar and write songs in high school, and he entered Battle Of The Bands and other talent competitions. Following high school, Baker attended a local community college, where he majored in performance. He also learned the skills to work in the IT technology industry.

It was in 2007 that Baker recorded & released his first album, which was called My Quarter In The Machine. The next year (2008) he quickly followed up with his second album, Finding You. Both albums were produced by Baker in Amarillo, at Scott Houdashell's Studio 66.

In 2009, Baker decided to move to Denver, where he met Tyler Ward, who is producing his upcoming EP. "I was referred to Tyler, who is an amazing musician," said Baker. "He's also an emerging artist."

With his new EP, and with his third full album (which will be titled Something You've Left Behind) coming later this year, Baker looks forward to further establishing himself as a quality singer/songwriter. "My goal is to release new material and expand my fanbase, and to continue to develop relationships with festivals and songwriting competitions," he said. "I love performing and playing many gigs. But I also have a true passion for songwriting, I would love to make a living as a songwriter, writing for other artists and collaborating." - Songwriter Universe

The John O'Hara Singer-Songwriter Performance Grant is awarded to Texas singer-songwriter James Lee Baker, for his outstanding song, 'Two Cageless Birds'. The J. John O'Hara Charitable Fund awards Mr. Baker this $1,000.00 unrestricted cash grant to encourage his future songwriting endeavors, and in support of his live concert performances. Two Cageless Birds was culled from Baker's self-released 2018 EP 'The Canadian River'. This song also appeared on his 2017 full-length 'Home Again'.

Two Cageless Birds is a wonderful love song; a timeless homage to Baker's wife, Maria, and universally appealing with its lovely melody and chorus. The first few measures of Baker's tenor vocals let us know what's to come: clearly resonate, articulate, and compelling enough to listen further. Deft fingerpicking, violin, and female backing vocals by Stasia Estep come together in this would-be classic, were it not for Baker's obscurity. The upbeat tempo and major key rings true to any good folk song, and begs us hum along. The simplest lyrics can move us to joy, and call us to ponder cupid's ways. Here's an example of superb, if subdued, male/female unison singing. Harmonies aren't always necessary, are they? Well done, and congratulations, James. Best of luck with your future songwriting. - John O'Hara

"Baker's phrasing paired with the sparse arrangements captivate the listener.  The title track -- Baker's homage to the purifying qualities of nature -- is a delight."  - John Sillberg (CKOL - Campbellford, Ontario)

"Baker's song's pay attention to the oft-unnoticed details that make up a story.  Well written songs with tight yet spare arrangements and vocals, this is someone going places."  - Bill Revill (WESU - Middletown, CT)


  • The Canadian River EP (2018)
  • Home Again (2017)



James Lee Baker is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. His songs are crafted from exposure to many genres of music throughout the course of his life. Raised in a musical family, he began some form of music education at an early age, attending music camps in the summer and competing in vocal competitions throughout middle and high school. He attended college, majoring in vocal performance and began songwriting at an early age.

As a classically trained musician, Baker fuses influences from pop singer-songwriters like Matt Wertz, David Mead, and contemporary folk artists like John Gorka and Slaid Cleaves. He embraces open tunings to create an unconventional but welcoming sound and timbre to his playing. Mentored by Richard Gilewitz, a renowned fingerstyle guitar player, and Ellis Paul, a legend of Contemporary Folk, James Lee's guitar playing and stories are rich and crisp, pulling listeners into memorable motifs and perspectives.

His primary influences as a songwriter are folk artists like Ellis Paul, John Gorka, Patty Griffin, and Slaid Cleaves, contemporary artists like Jakob Dylan, David Mead, David Gray, Matt Wertz, Dave Barnes, and Matt Nathanson. 

In 2017, Baker released a Texas-inspired full-length project called Home Again. Harnessing his experience in technology, Baker recruited talented studio session musicians using the new platform Fiverr.com, accessing performers from Los Angeles, Canada, The United Kingdom, and Denver. Home Again is a Country-flavored Americana album, rich with instrumentation like dobro, lap steel, fiddle, and harmonica. In 2018, a short EP called The Canadian River was released with softer versions of songs.

James has played at several prominent venues including the Whiskey A Go Go in Los Angeles, The Fox Theater in Boulder, and Swallow Hill and The Walnut Room in Denver.

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