Some of the best memories are made on the dance floor. Music sets the mood, it makes people connect, laugh, cry, and dance the night away. This month we are featuring singer/songwriter and recording artist, Chris Baker. Your very own, Las Cruces “local celebrity” has been performing for a decade as a solo artist, but also can be found playing with his four man band at a variety of shows and special events. You can listen to his latest album “How Lucky I Am” here.
Below Chris answered a few questions giving us all a little more insight!
How long have you been in business?
I’ve been playing weddings and special events for about 10 years now and each one has been different than the last. I believe each particular wedding should and can be special and specific to the needs of the bride and groom.
Are you willing to learn special songs for clients?
Yes most definitely, I’m always happy to learn and play songs for the ceremony or special moments/dances. This can give a different and more intimate feel rather than simply playing the original track.
What services do you offer?
I can provide music for the ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner and reception. This includes live music as well as DJ services. I provide my own sound system as well as microphones for the ceremony and/or speeches. I also can be the Emcee for the evening moving each important event throughout the evening.
What got you started in the industry?
I’ve been performing around the Southwest for over a decade. During college I would play as a hobby and came to realize how much passion I had for music and decided to pursue it as a full time career. As far as weddings, I began playing for friend’s weddings and realized that I have a knack for those and other similar types of events.
What do you do in your free time when you are not working on your business?
Honestly much of my free time is spent on other aspects of my business such as recording, booking, and that sort of thing. But I do love the outdoors and doing things like hiking, camping and traveling.
What is the most rewarding part of what you do?
The people most definitely. I love the amazing people that I get to meet on a weekly basis.
To what do you attribute your success?
I tell others in the industry all the time that having good people skills can matter more than talent. I try to make relationships with people everywhere that I go and I believe that is a huge contributor to where I’ve gotten in my career. Plus being reliable, prompt and professional no matter the setting.
What sets you apart from others in your area of business?
My ability to be somewhat of a chameleon. I can adapt to the needs of a multitude of types of events, venues, and settings. I’ve had so many experiences so I can adapt to the specific needs of just about any situation.
Do you only work locally?
No in fact this year alone I have played weddings in New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona. I have played as far West as San Francisco and as far east as Nashville. I’d be happy to travel just about anywhere that is needed.
Any tips or advice you would give to a bride and groom when in search of live musicians?
Find someone that is willing and able to provide exactly what you need. You don’t want to have to worry about a single detail on your big day and it’s important to know as the musician/DJ that your job is to keep things upbeat and moving. I like to have multiple conversations beforehand so that all of the music that will be played is pre-approved by the bride and groom. Some weddings want mostly country and some want none, for example. Make sure that the musician knows and is willing to make the playlist and the evening perfect for your specific desires.
Aside from being an amazing musician, Chris is versatile, positive, charming, and genuinely cares about his clients. His years of experience in the industry can assure you that he will prioritize your special day and relieve the stress of entertainment, leaving you with priceless memories to share with your loved ones.
Make sure to follow him on Instagram and for booking and inquiries you can contact him here: