Raised on a farm by the seaside in rural South Australia, perpetually stoked Cookie Baker has performed live unstoppably her whole life; from force-feeding the family songs on the front verandah on Christmas Day through her brand new Young Talent Time microphone, to the obsessive nature of a tween in youth theatre, to the all-consuming hold of secondary school drama, to the discovery of effortlessly putting the stories she had always written to song and crafting a magical, musical life of sharing them.
Deceivingly gentle melodies, cool wordsmithery, and the sparkling grit of her vocals – with the shape of a damn rascal hiding underneath that charming effervescence! – have taken Cookie performing around Australia and the US, and brought her to share stages with many esteemed Australian artists, including Augie March, Kate Miller-Heidke, Ben Lee, Angie Hart (Frente), Mick Thomas (Weddings, Parties, Anything) and The Audreys.
Cookie’s ongoing collaboration with Sydney-based engineer and producer, Michael Carpenter (of Love Hz Studios), produced the cracking single, Little Engine (and its celebrated one-take music video co-produced with Melbourne-based film production innovators, Man Durphy Productions), and paved the way for her most recent single, The Summer, featuring Tim Rogers of Australia’s beloved You Am I.
More often than not penning songs of keenly observed lost love and found habits, The Summer speaks honestly of longing, loss, displacement and isolation, and the emotional debris resulting from these experiences.
Cookie’s third single, Don’t Start A Fight, released in February 2018, is a charity single raising funds for Cystic Fibrosis as a dedication to her best friend and musical right-hand man, Jaan Kiploks.
Cookie Baker is also a vocalist with festival favourite Sun Records tribute, ‘Sun Rising – The Songs That Made Memphis’, and is the founder and director of Melbourne-based contemporary choir collective, ‘If You See Her, Say Hello’.