"Among the many gifts given with both hands to formerly local, currently New York-prowling singer-songwriter Kaleigh Baker – aside from that Swiss Army knife of a voice – is her innate grasp of momentum. On her new EP, The Weight of It All, Baker and producer Justin Beckler play the puppet masters, building suspense without ever seeming coy about it. Baker is capable of communicating volumes with a simple vocal lilt, and on the moments in which her register nose-dives headfirst into the emotional muck (“Sugardaddy”) or propels like a jet into the stratosphere (“Love Letter to a Burning Man”), she never fails to rouse the senses." ” The Weight of It All is the roar of a soulful lioness and will go a long way toward proving to the world what Orlando’s known for a long time: Kaleigh Baker is a legend in the making." -Justin Strout
"The folks that showed up were Ms. Kaleigh Baker and her saxaphone player, and instead of being armed with guitar and sax, they were armed with a cd, so I did something I’d never done before and don’t ever plan to again....I played a song on ninebullets radio that I’d not ever heard before it was being blasted across the airwaves. I was, to put it mildly, a little nervous about this, but it didn’t take much more than 30 seconds of the opening track, “Train Gone By”, to know that the show was gonna be fine. About 3 calls asking who I was playing later, I knew I was gonna be playing her a lot more." " When I asked her to describe her sound in 53 words or less she told me she only needed three; “blues, soul, rock-n-roll”, and I am not inclined to argue that it could be better stated."
“Here are the winners of the First Annual Orlando Music News OMNi Awards July 13th, 2011 Best Local Release Kaleigh Baker – The Weight of It All (16%) Second Place: Alias Punch – New Shade of Blue (13%) Third Place (tie): Andy Matchett & the Minks – Apple Tree Circle and The Pauses – A Cautionary Tale (12% each) Other Nominees (47%): Peter Baldwin – In Vodville, Caffieinds – Redneck Hottub Time Machine, Howling Owls – When Tipsy Turns Somber, An Introduction to Sunshine – Snow Tire EP, Khann – Erode, Marc with a C – Motherfuckers Be Bullshittin’, Damion Suomi & the Minor Prophets – Go And Sell All of Your Things, Wet Nurse – EP”
“Rotation: What local artists are listening to This week: Kaleigh Baker "I'm a sucker for rock & roll and blues, so naturally, the Black Keys have been on my radar for the past few years. Fortunately for me, these machines release practically a dozen records a year. Currently, the record that is packing the most punch for me is Blakroc, executive produced by Damon Dash. This is a hip-hop/rock musical collaboration between the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney and a gaggle of hip-hop giants - Billy Danze, Jim Jones, Ludacris, Mos Def, Nicole Wray, Noe, ODB, Pharoahe Monch, Q-Tip, Raekwon and RZA." (Kaleigh Baker, one of Orlando's best female vocalists, releases her new EP, The Weight of it All, this week. Her CD release show is 9 p.m. Friday, May 6 at the Social with guests Sarah Purser and Ty Hickson & the 35mm's. Admission is $10. It is Baker's last local show before she moves to New York.”
“Among this week’s concert announcements from Hard Rock Live was a show that should definitely be of interest to local lovers of soulful music. Next Saturday, January 15, the venue will host one of its “Livewire” locals-only shows, and this one will feature the Legendary J.C.’s and Kaleigh Baker, two of this city’s finest purveyors of soul music. Granted, the J.C.’s play R&B, so calling them “soul music” isn’t much of a stretch, but to deny the rich, ragged river of soul that flows through Ms. Baker’s rock ‘n’ roll voice is to be ignorant of what soul music really means. Yes, this paper is a long and strong advocate of Kaleigh Baker, and we won’t stop any time soon, but, really, you’d be a fool to miss this show”
“KALEIGH BAKER AT ANTIWARPT ‘10 CONCERT REVIEW “Her vocals dip into a low and resounding molasses-slow croon with as much ease as they ascend to ceiling-skimming heights - and enough lung power to fill that room with her full-throated wails makes for one impressive talent… (more)” - Leilani Polk, Creative Loafing”