New Year, New Colors!

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Happy New Year!

I know it’s been quiet over here since the release of Black and White, but my life has been far from quiet.

I hope you all had a lovely time during the holidays.  I’ve been playing with some new sounds and colors ever since the day after Christmas.

My studio also has a fresh new look for the new year….

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and I have released two new singles to kick off 2019.

Limitless: A mostly-instrumental track, with some vocals here and there.

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The Outside: I can only go as far as my own limits, but together we are limitless.

(As a bass player to-the-core, I am very pleased with the heavy-bass-track that is The Outside.)

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So we ended 2018 in Black and White, and now we celebrate 2019 in crazy colors.  As usual, I am having a blast creating new music and I love being able to share what I create with you.

You can now stream and download both songs on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon, Bandcamp and beyond!

 

 

Now Playing: Black and White

Today is THE DAY!

My new album has officially arrived and is ready to stream, download and purchase!

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You can find it on Apple, Amazon, Spotify, GooglePlay and all those other places we use to listen to music!

You can also purchase the physical disc from my merch store.

Don’t forget, I’m running a Black Friday Deal through Sunday!

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Also, check out the new music video for the title track!

Thank you so much for listening and watching!  I appreciate your love and support.

Let me know if you enjoy the album!

Please comment, like and share!

Thank you!

Summer Tunes & Beach Trips

Good afternoon, friends!  I am currently sitting in a coffee shop, drinking an iced chai and brainstorming ideas.  I am also now writing this blog post. 😉

A few minutes ago, I hit the send button and sent off a new single for distribution.  Check out this promo video I posted yesterday!

 

I wrote Tidal Wave a couple weeks ago.  Unlike my usual songwriting methods, I composed the music first and then went from there.  It was a fun challenge.

There’s been a lot on my heart lately.  Life can be overwhelmingly dark at times, am I right?

So much so, that I found myself having a hard time finding the words to say.  Even in prayer.  It was difficult.

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So I asked God how to pray and to help center me during this time, when certain parts of life seem dim and grey.

That’s where Tidal Wave came from.  A very sad Stephanie, on a very sad day.

I can’t help but smile, as I write this.  The song is very bright and energetic.  It’s not a sad ballad, but more of a celebration.  I can’t wait to share it with you on August 1st.

The moment I finished the track, I knew I needed to get some shots of the ocean for the video.  The following week, some friends decided to take a spontaneous trip to Santa Cruz and invited me to come along.

Not only did I get all the footage my heart desired for the video, I was very refreshed from the change of scenery and fresh air.  It was good.

Also . . .

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In case you haven’t heard, I am giving away a song for FREE.  You can get your digital copy of Brighter Than the Sun in my music store!

Dreaming Big in 2018

Epiphany is a very special project, to me.  Over the years, I’ve released a lot of music.

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This album is different.

I usually only distribute my music online.  It’s a lot more cost effective for an independent artist.  However, I am dreaming bigger this year.

With your help, I will be able to see Epiphany in its physical form.

This is the vision.

This year, I am ministering at several women’s retreats.  How awesome would it be for me to be able to bring physical copies of the album to those events?

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It would be epic!

Please keep me in your prayers, as I embark on this new adventure into new territory.  I am excited and believing that God is going to use this album to bring light into dark places.

Also, please share this link!  Everything helps.

Thank you, in advance!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!  To anyone, and everyone, who is able to partner with me in this dream.

Help Fund Stephanie Baker’s Album!

 

In the Studio: Epiphany

I woke up at 4am and began to toss and turn.  I couldn’t fall back asleep, so I decided to get up and pray.  I prayed for a little while and went back to bed.

The moment I nearly fell asleep, six notes began to play over and over in my head.  They kept playing on repeat and I found myself wide awake once again.

I had a feeling the notes weren’t going to stop playing until I went and recorded them.

So, that’s what I did.

I felt strangely awake and alert, as I went into my studio.  The sound of everything turning on seemed extremely loud in our quiet home, but I couldn’t get past the feeling that I needed to get the song down right away.

It came quickly and easily.  Within an hour, the song was mixed and finished.

I still feel the excitement I felt in that moment.  The melody stopped repeating in my head and I could now hear it playing audibly in my headphones.

When I first got the spark to start recording Epiphany, I seriously thought it was only going to be a few songs.  A few songs turned into eight.

I don’t usually record all of my songs in order, but that is what I’ve been doing for this album.  I’ve been in suspense the whole way on this wild ride.  One song after the other, in order, like chapters in a story.

Songs, spoken word and instrumentals.

All of which are being written and recorded in the moment with spontaneous wonder.

It’s a call to go higher and dream bigger.  To let go of what holds us down and hold out for greater things.

The official release date will probably be somewhere around late February, but that is still to be determined.  It might even be sooner than later.  I’ll let you know as soon as it’s set.

In the meantime, check out track three: Rain Makes the Flowers Grow. 

Rain Makes the Flowers Grow

I have been on the edge of my seat, waiting to announce that I have been working nonstop on the production of a brand new album titled Epiphany.  It’s been so hard keeping it a secret for the past couple months, so I am extremely happy that I finally get to share a piece of what’s coming next.

Today, I released a single off the upcoming album.

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You can stream and download it on all of your favorite media platforms.

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And you can also watch the official music video I released with the single!

 

You’ll be hearing a lot more from me in the days ahead.  There will be an official promo for Epiphany coming soon, an album artwork reveal, as well as more sneak peaks and so forth.

Here’s the first promo for Epiphany:

Happy New Year, friends!

Dreamer

“Speak to me your greatest fear and I will show you a love that is stronger . . .”

This Friday, my new single and music video will be out.  The production of Dreamer has been a delight and I am bouncing-off-the-walls-excited and sighing deep sighs of relief because it is all done and ready to be released.

I wrote Dreamer in two parts.  The first part came spontaneously and I shared it online back in June: Spontaneous Song: Dreamer – Stephanie Baker

The second part came just as spontaneously later that month.  The verses came so easily that I barely had time to write them down before the next line came rushing out.

“As I open my eyes and observe my generation, I see a trending obsession to know who we are . . . ”

So, I recorded a draft of the entire song.  And up until a month ago, I thought it was my finished product and planned on releasing it this month.  That said, I wound up dumping that version entirely and starting over.

The idea for the music video storyline came to life when I saw a friend post a photo of his INCREDIBLE space/aqua suit that he was working on—yes, he made his costume.  It was so perfect and the exact sort of whimsy I had envisioned for his character.

Matt is exceptionally talented and so is his daughter, Fiona.  You can see Matt make an appearance in Fallen Man, and Fiona playing a young me in Enough.  I was blessed to have them act side-by-side in Dreamer.  Their father-daughter chemistry is absolutely adorable.

Also making it’s debut appearance is the chess set my father built when he was fourteen years old in wood working class.  Fun fact.  We didn’t lose a single piece to the lake.

Dreamer is the ninth in a series of ten songs I’ve been releasing every month since March.  If you missed the others, you can buy or stream them on any of your favorite music distribution platforms online, including Spotify.

The video will be posted Friday afternoon, so be sure to check back!  If you like the video, please share it with your friends and help me spread it around.  Thank you all for your continued love and support!

 

 

 

Being You

How do you be yourself in a world that is screaming at you to do the opposite?

I don’t know.  I’m still trying to figure it out.  Actually, let me say that differently . . .

I know how, but I’m still trying to figure out how to completely let go of the words that come against me regarding . . . well, being me.

You probably know what I mean.

It’s easier to just fly under the radar.  It’s easier to not go against the grain.  It’s easier to avoid conflicts by not discussing particular topics and to dance around the deafening questions and silent assumptions of others.

It’s easier.

I know that being you is uncomfortable at times.  I know that being you can bring moments of walking alone when others don’t understand.

And even if we have found our identity in God, it is very easy to backtrack and worry a little too much about what others are thinking or speaking about us.

The bottom line is . . .

Life is too short for us to not be who we were created to be.

Plain and simple.

And yes, I’m ranting a little.  This is something really personal and present in my life right now.  I just know this is something we all deal with along the way, and maybe you need to hear these words too.

I changed a lot of things this year.  I changed my name, when I got married.  I changed the frequency of when and how I release music.  I branched out into more experimental electronic music (which has been my vision all along).  I also changed my hair color.

It would have been easier for me to just continue to produce what I knew would sell.  Worship music sells easier, but that (for me) is not a good reason to release a worship song.

My closest friends know, I am a worshipper to the core.  This has only increased since I started to make the decision to trust God and release the stories of what He has been teaching me throughout this journey.

The vision is to start conversations.  To stir up imagination and creativity.  To live more boldly and help others do so as well.  This is the me I’ve known I needed to be for a long time, but it took years of performing and pretending and being too afraid to stop the cycle to bring me to this place.

Life is too short to stay comfortable.

Life it too short to try to keep everyone happy.

The way I see it is this.  If there is only one person (per song or video I release) who is truly impacted by this vision, it will all have been worth the time and energy.  It will have been worth it all.

Because there are people in my life who went out on a limb to trust God by being themselves.

If they hadn’t, I know I would not be alive.

Life is too short for us to not be who we were created to be.

Be brave.

It will be worth it all in the end.