Kaitlyn Baker has been called a new “coal miner’s daughter.” The 23-year-old singer/songwriter has been making waves in Nashville, since the release of her ballad “Coal Train,” which was chosen by the Academy of Country Music as part of the star-studded 2015 ACM Awards ZinePak album.
The Huffington Post included her among “Top 10 Country Artists to Watch.” Baker’s beautiful “Heart of Appalachia” (co-produced by the legendary Larry Cordle) is the official theme song for tourism in her native Southwest Virginia, and was first performed live at the Ralph Stanley Bluegrass Festival in 2016 Meanwhile, her single “Burn,” about a woman who gets revenge on a cheating man, inspired the creation of Kaitlyn Baker’s BURN Sauce, a fiery hot sauce made by Pepper Palace in Sevierville, Tennessee.
Like most songwriters, Baker writes from personal experience. Her upcoming new EP, “Blackbird,” is no exception. The project is comprised of songs about love, life and loss, most notably the title track, dedicated to the memory of Baker’s late guitarist, Thomas Estep, who was killed by a drunk driver. Following the tragedy, Baker partnered with Mothers Against Drunk Driving to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving.
Baker has performed coast to coast, and has opened for Brett, Eldridge, Travis Tritt, Chase Bryant, Craig Morgan, Rhonda Vincent, Tanya Tucker and other stars. Her credits also include the nationally syndicated television concert series “Song of the Mountains” and singing the national anthem for the Cincinnati Reds.