It has been a busy couple of months for singer/songwriter Nina Baker who was one of the warm-up acts for Monty Python’s reunion shows in July and then last week released her debut album, which has already attracted great reviews.
When asked to descibe her music, the classically-trained pianist said: “It’s pop due to its construction, with a classical element. It is very organic, there is nothing synthesised or artificial about it. It has a jazz and blues edge too.”
She has dedicated the album Quite Frankly to her late grandfather Frank, who passed away when it was in the making. She has released two singles from the album, Single Bed and Bruising. Nina said: “I love these singles but for different reasons. Single Bed celebrates being single, something I think people often talk about negatively. Bruising is more of a dramatic and emotional song.”
The album took two years to make and she said she was excited it was now available.
“It’s amazing to be able to show people what we’ve been working on for all this time”, she said. “There are full choirs and orchestras on there, it took a lot of time and effort to get it right.” It would seem all of Nina’s hard work is paying off as the Kineton star was one of the warm-up acts not just for the sold-out Monty Python shows but also the Robbie Williams gigs at London’s 02 Arena. She said: “It was amazing, everyone was so friendly and it became like a little family environment. I didn’t want to leave.”
As the festival season draws to a close, Nina has a bit of time to relax before things get busy again in October. However, she is always on the lookout for inspiration to write. “I carry a notebook everywhere. I get inspired by everything around me,” she said.
For details on how to get the album, see www.nina bakermusic.co.uk