Mary Baker, "The Sophisticated Lady," has been delighting audience with her dynamic singing style for over 30 years. A fine contemporary jazz and blues vocalist, she has had extensive experience as a concert performer, as well as performing in theatre productions.
Born in Detroit, MI, the youngest of eight, Ms. Baker, a fine arts graduate of the University of Arizona grew up singing in the church choir and listening to such greats as Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn. Coming from a musical family, and being surrounded by the Motown Sound - the Temptations, the Supremes, and Aretha Franklin - in her neighborhood it's no wonder she is a natural with influences like these.
Ms. Baker's soulful and unforgettable performances has won her billing along side such nationally known artists as Ray Charles, Betty Carter, Johnny Otis, John Denver, and Andy Williams. You can also hear Ms. Baker's sultry voice on Mary Baker The Sophisticated Lady Live! and Love Light on MEB Entertainment Productions, which won her a Tammies Award for Best Jazz Vocalist; and Southwest Sounds of the Season from the Arizona Children's Home Foundation. There have been great reviews on every concert, with Mary singing everything from jazz, pop, to Broadway.
"Steeped in the traditions of gospel, blues, jazz and R & B, Mary Baker is one of Tucson's most versatile and adored singers. "The Arizona Daily Star
"Ms. Baker combines a smooth, jazzy style with her native Motown (Detroit, Michigan) roots to serve up an unforgettable balance of body swaying, head bobbing, and yes - hand holding music vibrations that surely will have you asking "where or when will you perform next?" Arizona Informant
"Mary Baker sings from the heart of jazz tradition. There's nothing atonal. Nothing uncomfortable. Baker's style is direct. She combines blues, soul and pop melodies to create improvised interpretations that are uniquely her own." Tucson Citizen
"She really expressed a rare blend of talent, genuine spontaneity and a love of life. She is so talented that she gets by on natural ability alone. With the right exposure, she could easily become a nationally known, star performer. "Pima Community College Alumni News