Norwich singer Nina Baker to record debut album using Bohemian Rhapsody piano at Rockfield Studios
Two years ago, singer and songwriter Nina Baker had never performed live as a solo act.
But in just two weeks' time, the artist, who grew up in Norwich, is set to host a launch party for her latest EP surrounded by adoring fans.
The very next day, she will be heading off to the world-famous Rockfield Studios where she will use the same piano used in Bohemian Rhapsody – and record her debut album.
The 24-year-old, a former Blyth Jex School pupil, described the past few months as 'hectic', having only put the finishing touches on her new EP, Teacup in a Storm, in the last couple of days.
On February 3, Miss Baker will reveal it to the world with a launch party at Norwich's Cafe Marzano.
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She said: 'It features stripped-down versions of five new tracks which will feature on the full album. It gives people a little taster of what's to come.'
The launch party will bring together a number of music industry figures, magazine and newspapers – and Miss Baker's fans, who she has invited along to share her moment.
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But, after all that hard work, the performer will not get even one day to rest.
Instead she will be instantly heading across to Wales to begin the exciting task of recording her first-ever album.
Choosing to remain independent, without a recording contract or financial backer, Miss Baker has been able to take control of her album. She said: 'I've done everything else myself up until this point so I wanted to keep it as something I had done myself. I've had investors interested, but I would rather keep it solo as much as possible.
'The industry has changed so much – I think doing it independently is definitely the way forward for me personally.'
After meeting producer Nick Brine – who has worked with The Darkness, Oasis, Bruce Springsteen and KT Tunstall – when she was given an Exposure Music Award last year, she kept in touch and has now recruited him for the project. He told the singer about Monmouth's Rockfield Studios, which has hosted some of the country's most successful artists and groups, including Elton John and Queen.
'The piano I will be working on is the same one used to recorded Bohemian Rhapsody,' said Miss Baker, who now lives in Wymondham. 'It's one of the world's greatest recording studios. I'll be breathing in the same air as those amazing artists.'
The album is set to take two weeks to record, working 16 hours a day, followed by about three months of editing and mixing to get it ready to release.
Miss Baker said: 'The last year has been amazing. To think I will be recording an album and being produced by Nick Brine at Rockfield Studios is pretty amazing. I'm trying to take it all one day at a time.'
Teacup in a Storm will be released on February 3 with performances by Miss Baker and her band, as well as some supporting acts, at Cafe Marzano.
Her debut album is due to come out on June 3.
Read more about Miss Baker's music in EDP Norfolk Magazine's January issue, out now, priced �3.25.