Mike Baker (singer)
|Birth name||Michael Allen Baker|
|Born||September 2, 1963|
|Died||October 29, 2008(aged 45)|
|Genres||progressive rock, progressive metal|
|Years active||early 1980s – 2008|
|Labels||Magna Carta, InsideOut Music|
|Associated acts||Shadow Gallery, Ayreon|
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.
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.