Mike Baker (singer)

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Mike Baker
Birth name Michael Allen Baker
Born (1963-09-02)September 2, 1963
Died October 29, 2008(2008-10-29) (aged 45)
Genres progressive rock, progressive metal
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, bass
Years active early 1980s – 2008
Labels Magna Carta, InsideOut Music
Associated acts Shadow Gallery, Ayreon

Mike Baker (September 2, 1963[1] – October 29, 2008) was the lead vocalist for the American progressive metal band Shadow Gallery.


Baker was an integral part in the formation of Shadow Gallery in 1985 when the band was known as Sorcerer at the time of their inception. Heavily influenced by singers Alice Cooper, Ronnie James Dio of Black Sabbath, Rob Halford of Judas Priest and Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden, he integrated the musical attributes of these bands and vocalists into his style of singing.[2]

Baker was primarily a self-taught vocalist, originally starting out as bass player during high school. Finding it difficult to sing and play bass simultaneously, he dropped the bass and switched over to lead vocal duties. Before forming Sorcerer, in the early 1980s he performed vocals on demos with local bands, including Nasty Nasty and Axxis.[3]

Baker also performed guest vocals on the second single Day Sixteen: Loser from Ayreon's 2004 album The Human Equation and on the Original Cast of Leonardo: The Absolute Man amongst others.

According to an email sent to the Shadow Gallery News email list on October 31, 2008, Baker died after suffering a heart attack on October 29, 2008, at the age of 45.[4]


  1. ^ Mike Baker @ metalstorm.ee
  2. ^ Mike Baker 2000 Interview at the Wayback Machine (archived August 6, 2009) Accessed July 13, 2008
  3. ^ Mike Baker 2005 Interview Accessed July 13, 2008
  4. ^ Mike Baker's Death Blabbermount.net Accessed October 31, 2008

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