Brock Baker on Being a Warbler and More10:00 AM
A couple weeks ago, I shared Brock Baker's new video featuring Alyson Stoner as they performed a duet of Rihanna's "Desperado" and Alyson's own "Back to Church." I loved it so much that I jumped at the chance to ask the Arizona-bred singer a few questions.
You got to know a bit about him in the first part of the interview and now, in this half, Brock shares his favorite memories from the Bedingfields to the set of "Glee."
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You’ve shared the stage with some incredible performers. What is the most memorable story you have from any of those experiences?
While playing shows with stars from Tori Kelly, Katy Perry, Shawn Hook, Pentatonix to Barbra Streisand, I have to say that my favorite time of all has been what has been created behind the scenes.
I have had the pleasure of creating with the Bedingfields (you know, Natasha, Daniel, Nikola… etc.). One night, we went to sing at Libertines (where the famous jazz nights of LA really started). After a night of dancing and singing with the live band, everyone was asked to leave (around 3 a.m.). I started to walk out when Nikola grabbed my arm and said, “Where are you going?” I replied that they had asked us to leave. She, then, told me I was able to stay after - a room filled with tables, couches, and the most talented musicians in Los Angeles, and I'm just a kid witnessing magic.
Daniel started banging on the tables and singing a melody, then Nikola joined on the harmony. We were on top of the tables (stomp-esque) singing/creating original music and poetry off the cuff and before I knew it, I was singing the next set of melodies. All of a sudden, the emcees would start free styling, spitting out whatever was on their minds. It was effortless and so freeing. I remember how easily we all created what really was something special. The music would come in, whether it was a guitar, a keyboard, or background vocals singing in perfect harmony backgrounds on the spot. There were no people watching, no crowd, nobody to please, just artists using our space as a canvas and our God-given instruments as the paint. I have had so many insane experiences with celebrities that you know and love that I could share in a thousand-page book, but in my opinion, that night was a masterpiece.
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What was it like being a Warbler on Glee?
Being a Warbler on Glee was like dating in LA. It’s always fun while it lasts, then you move on. Ha! It really was a wonderful experience. It taught me a lot about the culture of the set life and how a title can affect how people see you or what they expect from you. I was found on Facebook randomly and really was just so grateful to be a part of one of the most influential shows of our last decade. The talent I was able to work with was just out of this world and we didn’t know how far the Warblers would go. We just rode the wave and it was an experience I will always be so thankful for. Tim Davis and Dante Di Lorento really gave me the opportunity and quickly opened up Hollywood to me and they always have my love.There is so much in the works right now. Besides working on two new projects of my own (hoping to release this year), I am currently working on/writing for a new kid’s show called Q-Wunder with Alyson Stoner, Chase Ryan, Mark Grilliot, and creator Sofia Dickens, along with being the A&R and writer for 4 other artists currently in pop/country/alternative music. My short film is TBD on release, but hoping for 2016. There’s a lot going on. I’m hoping to keep a foot in as many doors as possible to give opportunities to friends for work and create original art that is the “truth.”