Who Is Andy Baker? & Is He The UK Christian Answer To Simon Cowell…

Who Is Andy Baker? & Is He The UK Christian Answer To Simon Cowell...

For most people in the music industry, the beginning of the year is when things are the quietest. However a flurry of activity is surrounding Sheffield music manager Andy Baker and his rising profile as a mover and shaker in the music industry.

After being invited to join the judging panel for the Grand Final of Open Mic UK, he might just be wondering how 2015 has got off to suggest a flying start.

The 31-year old businessman has been working multiple time zones as flagship artist Philippa Hanna met with dozens of record executives from leading labels in Nashville this January.

Philippa is currently on a 31-date tour opening for Collabro seeing sell-out crowds flock to see the recent winners of Britain’s Got Talent. Not wanting to miss out on the national competition-winning fun, Daughters of Davis, another act from Baker’s Storm 5 Management stable will join recent X-factor winner Sam Bailey as she performs events around the UK. The tour, (which kicked off on Monday 26th January) see’s the sisters from Winchester take their Elddis Accordo motorhome (aka Otis) to 18 venues as they promote their new album ‘British Soul’. The duo also appeared on Clare Balding’s Radio 2 programme on 25th January.

Over 12,000 people entered this years Open Mic UK competition from all over the UK – previous finalists at the competition run by Future Music have included Lucy Spraggan, Birdy and Jahmene Douglas. The last 25 acts from 3 age categories battled it out at the NEC in Birmingham in-front of leading industry executives from Universal, SYCO and Sony. Baker said he was “delighted” to join the panel and hopes that as a result new acts will sign up with his latest venture Rocket Fuel, a fan-funding website built to help emerging artists get the funding they need behind their music.

Since launching Resound Media in 2005, Baker has also launched a record label, publishing company, management roster, booking agencies and artist development services. Closely associated with many leading Gospel artists and with many high-powered friends in Nashville, he has been referred to as “the Christian Simon Cowell!” With his artists joining the likes of Sam Bailey and Collabro, both closely linked to Cowell, the comparisons may be further drawn.

As shows like X-factor have reached their peak, the industry is looking for the music moguls who will shape the next decade in entertainment.

…and whilst you thought he might have enough on his plate, he is relocating with his wife and daughter from Sheffield to Gloucestershire this month as they take on a new recording studio located in a beautiful country estate.

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