GARY BAKER- Sheffield, Alabama

  • Co-writer of the song "I Swear" awarded top honors by the Country Music Assn., the Academy of Country Music, and Nashville Songwriter's Assn. International. It won Grammy awards for best country song and best R&B vocal. It was named ASCAP's song of the year for two consecutive years and was named Billboards' #1 country song for 1994.
  • Co-writer of the #1 hit "I'm Already There" by Lonestar, nominated for a Grammy for best country song of 2001
  • Has written songs for the Back Street Boys, Alabama, Reba McEntire, and others.

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame


gary bakerGary Baker refuses to rest on his laurels.

Even though he’s earned a Grammy Award and created two of the music industry’s best-selling crossover hits, the multi-talented singer, songwriter and producer from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, prefers focusing on future projects and fresh musical horizons.

“I have one goal – to keep it all going and keep writing from the heart,” says Baker, who garnered a gold Grammy statuette for 1994’s multi-million-selling smash “I Swear,” a tender testament of true love co-written with Frank J. Myers.

First recorded by Nashville troubadour John Michael Montgomery, “I Swear” captured the No. 1 spot on the country charts for four consecutive weeks. The heartfelt love song was quickly covered by the hip harmony group All-4-One, who carried their own classic rendition of “I Swear” to the pinnacle of the pop charts for 11 additional weeks.

That song tapped into something universal – a person expressing undying devotion to the person they love,” Baker believes. “Generations from now, that song will still be around – I really believe that.”

Few songwriters experience a success of the “I Swear” magnitude even once in their career.

Baker, however, recaptured that songwriting magic when he and Myers collaborated with Richie McDonald, lead singer of the country super group Lonestar, on a second musical masterpiece called “I’m Already There.”  “I feel almost like I’m Lou Gehrig,” Baker observes. “I’ve been in the right place at the right time a whole bunch of times.”

Released in 2001, Lonestar’s “I’m Already There” single remained No. 1 on the country charts for seven weeks before crossing as a Top 5 pop smash. The song – which deals with a husband and father who misses his wife and children while he’s forced to be away from home – proved to be an inspiring and comforting favorite among servicemen and their families.

“Those lyrics really struck a chord with an awful lot of people, ”Baker maintains. “To me, it means more to me than any song I’ve ever written – that’s because I wrote it for my wife and kids.”

A native of Niagara Falls, New York, Baker launched his recording career with Muscle Shoals’ famed LeBlanc and Carr band, performing on their Top 10 hit “Falling.” He wrote and recorded with artists ranging from Mac Davis to Marie Osmond before becoming a member of Muscle Shoals’ hit country act, The Shooters. Alabama’s chart-topping “Once Upon a Lifetime” marked his first No. 1 hit as a songwriter.

Since the success of “I Swear,” Baker has been honored by the Country Radio Music Awards, the Country Music Awards, the Academy of Country Music Awards, American Songwriter Magazine, the American Music Awards, NSAI, ASCAP and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. His versatility in pop and country has enabled him to work with pop superstars Nick Lachey, Jessica Simpson and the Backstreet Boys (who scored a No. 1 hit with Baker’s” Anywhere for You”) as well as country favorites like Lonestar, Reba McEntire and LeAnn Rimes.

“Gary’s the man,” says 98 Degrees singer and “Newlyweds” television star Lachey, whose recent solo album was co-produced by Baker. “I love coming to Muscle Shoals to write and work with Gary and soak up some of the wisdom and experience that he brings to the industry.”

Baker and his wife, Amanda, live with their two sons, Brett and Cole, on the majestic bluffs overlooking the scenic Tennessee River in the Muscle Shoals region of northwest Alabama. For close to 50 years, the area has been a fabled musical mecca for artists ranging from Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett to Paul Simon and the Rolling Stones.

“Muscle Shoals is a perfect fit for me, because we’re not known fordoing only one kind of music – there’s no stamp on what we do here,” Baker believes. “I can live here and raise my kids in this beautiful area, do what I do best and still work with some of the top names in the business. I’ve been truly blessed.”

In June of 2005, Gary, along with A.J. McClean of The Backstreet Boys and Steve Diamond, co-wrote the title track to The Backstreet Boys latest CD release "Never Gone".

Source: http://www.garybakermusic.com

 

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