CALLING Caiti Baker versatile is a serious understatement.
Caiti’s multifaceted melodies and stunning vocals have impressed audiences around the country as she perfectly balances the sounds resonant of soul, R&B, pop and hip hop.
Her genre-warping abilities have seen the Darwin-based singer collaborate with some of Australia’s most recognised acts, including Guy Sebastian, Pete Murray, Dan Sultan and, more frequently, A.B. Original.
Caiti’s album Zinc encapsulates the struggles the songstress faced behind the scenes.
Ranging from her battles with mental and physical illness to her falling out with her musicologist father, the album is a raw insight into her life.
‘‘Zinc coincided with my reunion with my father and when, for probably the first time in my life, I was mentally and physically healthy,’’ Caiti said.
‘‘I had finally been diagnosed and treated correctly for chronic fatigue syndrome and bipolar disorder.
‘‘I was writing a lot about my identity.
‘‘It’s hard to know who you are when you’ve essentially been asleep for your life.
‘‘I found it a way to deal with all the craziness that was happening with my body and my life.
‘‘Even though my father and I have had a tumultuous relationship, he’s been a massive influence on my music.
‘‘We reunited after four years and he gave me a USB with guitar riffs and that was the base for a lot of the album.
‘‘He does a lot of the guitar and harmonica on the album.’’
Originally a South Australian Murray River girl, Caiti is excited to bring her soaring voice and fiery performance to the Riverboats festival.
Her Saturday morning show is sure to get the crowd’s groove flowing and hips moving through her unmistakable vocals and contemporary urban Northern Territory inspired sounds.
‘‘I hope people are ready for an early morning dancing regime,’’ she said.
‘‘I feed off the crowd’s energy.
‘‘I’m just so excited.
‘‘It’ll be great to go back and soak up Echuca-Moama.’’