About Purpose

Scott Baker’s sixth album Purpose (2023) is a concept album based on the human desire to find purpose in every step of life. Whether it be grade school children scoping out a career, an elderly person having lost their significant other, a career-job change, or a middle aged person taking a look back while moving forward, many viewpoints are allotted. People often pause to find their purpose at many of life’s crossroads. This musical map gives breadth to the sometimes conflicting passage.
Electric, acoustic, dreaming, thoughtful, and offering positive encouragement to others, Purpose crosses many feelings and directions across 16 tracks. Scott’s eclectic music career is represented in song from deep passages, to rocking displays of expression. Truly a part of rock music ‘concept’ records past and present, Purpose unfolds layers of sonic ear candy, with influenced nuances throughout. Meant to be listened as a whole, Purpose unravels in majestic and cinematic display. Many songs could also easily be cherry picked for radio.

Review Awards

Scott has received numerous nominations since 2001 for Mid-Michigan’s Review Magazine Awards (biggest music awards showcase north of Detroit).

  • 2023 Best Streaming Musical Series MMHP
  • 2022 Best Streaming Musical Series MMHP
  • 2013 Best Blues Band
  • 2013 Best Blues Instrumentalist
  • 2012 Best Solo Artist
  • 2009 Best Duo of the Year
  • 2007 Band of the Year
  • 2007 Band Deserving Wider Recognition
  • 2005 Musician Deserving Wider Recognition
  • 2004 Band Deserving Wider Recognition
  • 2003 Musician Deserving Wider Recognition

National & Local Highlights

  • Opened for Three Days Grace in 2015
  • Opened for Styx (over 9,000 ppl) in 2011
  • Opened for Bettye LaVette in 2011
  • Opened for Popa Chubby in 2011
  • Opened for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Group Creedence Clearwater in 2003
  • Opened and performed with Blues Legend Larry McCray since 1999
  • Performed, worked in the studio, assisted at WMG Records with Dick Wagner (Alice Cooper/Lou Reed/The Frost) from 2001-2003
  • Performing with Blues Princess Sharrie Williams in 2003
  • Performed for Mark Farner (Grand Funk) in 2005 in the Mid-Michigan Songwriters Guild
  • Opening & performing with Frank Bang (ex-Buddy Guy) since 2006
  • Recorded with & performed with Adam Levy (ex-Norah Jones guitarist) in 2007
  • Opened for Blackberry Smoke in 2007
  • Performed many times with Bob Hausler (ex-Merle Haggard guitarist)
  • Performed with Drew Nelson
  • Recorded with Northwoods Improvisers in 2007
  • Opened for Too Slim & The Taildraggers in 2007
  • Performed as a headliner at the Sugar Island Music Festival in 2008, 2014
  • Performed with The Steepwater Band since 2009
  • Opened for Shane Dwight Blues Band in 2011
  • Performed with Whitey Morgan and the 78s
  • Performed with Paul Lamb and the Detroit Breakdown

Previous Releases

Scott Baker has also released an album and two EP's with Muddy Gumbo prior to going solo in 2005. He has performed all over Michigan for over 20 years.


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