A classically trained musician who embraces open tunings to create an unconventional but welcoming sound to his playing is what describes our today’s Guitaa artist centerstage musician’s style of play. We have with us “James Lee Baker“.
Trained briefly by Richard Gilewitz, James Lee’s fingerstyle guitar playing is rich and melodic, pulling listeners into memorable motifs and atmospheres. From releasing Texas-inspired albums like “Home Again” to an EP of Folk/Americana songs called “The Canadian River”, James is leaving an impression on everyone’s heart with his beautiful songs.
So, let’s get to know more about James life and the impact music made on his career.
- Introduce yourself to our audience, what genre of music do you consider your work to be?
My name is James Lee Baker. I am a Neo-Folk songwriter. I also flirt with the Americana line to my songs so that they can be a mixture of storytelling and country influences.
- What and who were your early passions and influences, What inspires you to make music?
I was raised in a musical family and spent time in music summer camps learning
music theory and singing in choirs. I went on to compete in vocal performance competitions in high school and was a vocal major in college. Music is always been a part of my life and I’m constantly inspired by everything around me to turn it into a song.
- Tell us about that one memorable performance and favorite venue which you still wish to happen again?
I had the opportunity to perform at the Depot in Norman Oklahoma. This was an old train station turned into a music venue and historical site. It was a packed audience full of receptive people with big smiles. It was a great night.
- Any funny Story of a fuck up during your performance where you handled that situation like nothing happened?
Many times! I can’t recall us specific instance but I do know that if I can continue in what I’m doing, most people don’t notice that I made a mistake. There have been times when I have forgotten whole lyrics and had to start over.
- If you could collaborate with any musicians(dead/alive), who would you collaborate with and why?
I would really love to do some co-writing with David Gray. He’s one of my favorite writers and performers out there today.
- Any Tips to keep the balance between professional and music life?
Well, I see music as a professional thing. I’m running a business as a songwriter and until you can begin to see it that way, I don’t think you’re taking it very seriously.
- What has been your biggest challenge as a Musician? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
The biggest challenge I’ve faced is accepting rejection as an opportunity. Many people choose not to invest in artists partly because they are overwhelmed by so many musicians. However, despite that, everyone’s taste is subjective. Learning to not take rejections on negatively is the greatest challenge I’ve had to overcome.
- What Tools and techniques you use to improve your singing/instrumental playing?
I take voice lessons regularly and I work on more complicated classical guitar pieces to help improve my ffingerstyle skills.
- What type of Gadgets and instruments do you use while practicing? And, Do you have any specific name of your instrument?
Other than a metronome, I don’t really use any gadgets or instruments, unless it’s an acoustic guitar.
- Would you like to share a testimonial for Guitaa? If Yes, Why do you love Guitaa?
I like Guitaa because they offer high-quality content to their followers!
- What advice would you have for someone wanting to become an Artist?
Practice practice practice! Everyone that got anywhere in anything it’s been a lot of time doing it. it’s taking me 15 years to write the songs that I’m writing today and to get the business moving the way it is moving. Be patient, work hard!
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