Joel Baker was born in Bellevue, WA and raised east of Seattle. He began playing the piano by ear (although he soon found it was easier to use his fingers) at the age of 2, and started studying privately at age 6.
Throughout his school years, Joel received accolades for the various and sundry competitions and festivals in which he participated. Joel played his first professional gig at age 16. Around that time, he discovered that he had a gift for accompanying, and continues to enjoy playing for singers, instrumentalists, and ensembles. After high school, Joel attended North Park College in Chicago, and then transferred to the University Of Washington’s School Of Music, where he studied piano with Robin McCabe and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
In 2003, Joel relocated to sunny Palm Springs, CA, where he lives with his partner, Don. Joel keeps a busy schedule as an entertainer and music director for several artists and organizations throughout Coachella Valley.
He enjoys playing and singing all styles of music… although he has yet to perfect his rap skills.