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Published on February 23rd, 2019 | by Guest Contributor


Joel Baker Releases New Single ‘Whats A Song’ [Virgin EMI]





 “A stunningly soulful writer.” – Apple Music

“Joel Baker has always been an exacting artist, a perfectionist in the way he approaches each new release.” – Clash Magazine

‘One of the most promising new voices in the singer-songwriter world.’ – Notion Magazine

His EP is special –a collection of honest, engaging and sometimes raw songs.’ – TMRW Magazine

‘Gorgeous- full of hypnotic and beautiful melodies.’ – Wonderland

BBC Introducing artist Joel Baker releases new single ‘What’s A Song’ via Virgin EMI and tickets for his 2019 headline tour today.

Produced by Jordan Riley ‘What’s A Song’ is the first installment from his forthcoming debut album and firmly places a marker in the sand for what fans can expect from his long-form debut.

Speaking of the release Joel notes: ‘I wrote it a few years ago and it’s great to have it finally introduced to the world. When you lose someone in your life, especially someone who you’ve been living for, it leaves an ugly space that makes life feel worthless at times. Also, it’s hard to know how long to wait before you remove their profile icon from your Netflix account. It’s about the important questions! Hope you enjoy.’

The new single follows the success of his recent Bag of Dreams mixtape which featured a guest appearance from Abra Cadabra and was co-produced by Joel alongside Courage (Ray BLK), Kin (Naughty Boy) and Maths Time Joy (Gallant); and follows EP’s Winter Dreams and The Dreamers EP , which featured stand-out collaborations with Sneakbo and BBC Sound of 2019 nominated Mahalia. 

Encapsulating a sound that falls somewhere between Ben Howard and early Jamie T, the former Labour Party speechwriter, singer-songwriter, musician and producer was discovered by BBC Introducing Nottingham and key champion DJ Dean Jackson after sending his demos into the station in embossed parliamentary envelopes. Since Joel came on the scene he has racked up millions of streams, garnered major playlist support across Spotify, landed countless radio playlist spots with BBC Local, BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra and Beats 1 and been championed by everyone from Dean to Huw Stephens, MistaJam, Jack Saunders and DJ Target, through to i-D and Clash, to Taylor Swift who included his single ‘No One In Heaven’ in her ‘Songs Taylor Loves’ Spotify playlist.

Joel’s momentum is set to continue throughout 2019 with the release of his anticipated debut album and a headline tour. Announced yesterday, tickets go on sale today. Full dates below:

10 APRIL 2019 – Cardiff, 10 Feet Tall

11 APRIL 2019 – Manchester, YES (Basement)

12 APRIL 2019 – Glasgow, The Glad Café

13 APRIL 2019 – Tynemouth, Surf Cafe

23 APRIL 2019 – London, The Lexington

24 APRIL 2019 – Leicester, The Cookie

26 APRIL 2019 – Birmingham, The Sunflower Lounge

27 APRIL 2019 – Nottingham, Bodega Social Club




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