Brenda Baker is an award-winning writer, performer and recording artist from Saskatoon. Her unique creative life spans 40 years and includes attaining a BFA in visual art; coast to coast appearances as a songwriter for adults, along with two original CD releases; becoming a children’s entertainer who released three CDs and starred in a national TV series; receiving two Saskatchewan Book Awards, one for Fiction for a collection of short stories, The Maleness of God, and one for Children’s Literature for her novel Camp Outlook, which also won the 2015 USA-Canada High Plains Book Award. She has received numerous grants, and has been recognized as a YWCA Woman of Distinction, a Saskatoon Women’s Hall of Fame inductee, and a Saskatchewan Centennial Medal recipient.
In 2003 Brenda began her journey as a parent, but continued to pursue the arts whenever possible. This included performing regular productions of her original show, The Old Elephant’s Christmas, which was shortlisted as a CD for a Canadian Indie Award and aired as a TV show on SCN.
In 2005 she founded Kids of Note, the hit choir for children, with and without disabilities, who love to sing. For this she received honours from the Saskatoon Society for Community Living, the Saskatoon Preschool Foundation and Child and Youth Friendly Saskatoon. Prairies North Magazine named her one of Saskatchewan’s “Fifteen Most Amazing Women.”
In 2007 Brenda launched Nexstage Live Music Performance Coaching to help emerging musicians develop their shows. As a coach she’s been a guest at numerous conferences and has worked with clients in Los Angeles, Texas and South Carolina. She now offers “creativity coaching” for artists in a variety of disciplines.
Brenda lives in Saskatoon with her husband, writer Arthur Slade, and their seven-year-old daughter Tanaya.