‘Clever, sophisticated, laid-back, personal and inspiring…’ – Rip It Up
‘A prodigious talent’ – The Advertiser
‘If you like a gifted band who would not be out of place alongside Rilo Kiley or She & Him, then Cookie Baker & her Special Secret Spells is for you. Charming.’ – Adelaide Fringe Festival
Raised on a farm by the seaside in rural South Australia, perpetually stoked Cookie Baker has performed live unstoppably her whole life; from making the family watch her 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! – has 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.
The third single, Don’t Start A Fight – released February 8 2018 – is a charity single dedicated to Cookie’s best friend and musical right-hand man, Jaan Kiploks, a Cystic Fibrosis sufferer. All sales of the digital-only single will be donated to Cystic Fibrosis South Australia and other CF-related charities.
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’.