The title track "Don’t Let The Make-Up Fool You", delivers those steel guitars and fiddles. It’s also the first single off The Baker Girl’s album. With it’s catchy beat, fun lyrics, and The Baker Girl’s powerful vocals, "Don’t Let The Make-Up Fool You" is sure to find a permanent home on country radio.
As mother and daughter, Shari and Christi’s voices blend effortlessly into stunning harmonies with rich tone, as showcased in the touching ballad "No One Will Ever Love Me Like That Again". Shari and Christi co-wrote the song with Kelly Shiver about a mother’s love. "In that songwriting session, I think we all went through BOXES of Kleenex!" laughs Shari.
Another heart-rending track off Don't Let The Make-Up Fool You is the candid "Slow Death Of A Small Town". Shari explains, "I walked around with that title in my songwriting hook-book for two years, until our co-writer, Casey Beathard finally wrote it with us. It was devastating for Christi and I to visit our rural hometown every year and see the farms being bought, divided, and built up by developers. That song literally wrote itself, starting with our town's single stop sign being replaced by a traffic light." The Baker Girls are proven tunesmiths; many of their songs have already gotten airplay on country radio. RCA recording artists Catherine Britt and Rebecca Lynn Howard have both recorded songs written by Shari and Christi Baker.
Rhonda Vincent, 2004 Female Bluegrass Artist of the Year, recorded "The Last Best Place", written by Shari and Christi after the events of 9/11 with fellow co-writer and friend, Steve Leslie; The Baker Girls' version is included on this album. "It is gratifying to hear your songs on the radio, sung by other artists," Christi says, "but now we’d like the chance to sing them our way."Singing together was a natural extension of life on their farm in rural Valley Center, outside of San Diego, California.Shari, was a third grade teacher's aide and homemaker raising two kids, Christi and David, but she would always find time for music."I’d pull out my guitar and teach little Christi to sing and harmonize to our favorite gospel and country songs." Making music became a family tradition, and The Bakers gave the howling coyotes in their orange and avocado groves a run for their money! "I was raised in the country and on country music." daughter Christi says, "It’s what I love."By the time young Christi was 12-years old, she was performing on stage with mom Shari in a local radio contest. Fate would intervene for The Baker Girls, when they won that contest. Their prize: The chance to sing at halftime in front of 35-thousand people at San Diego State University’s football season opener. "The special thing about singing with my mother is that it feels so natural, and if I were to sing by myself it would be really uncomfortable," Christi says. "When I sing alone it doesn’t feel like home anymore."
The Baker Girls began singing gigs around the San Diego area, and joined the NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International), so they could cultivate their songwriting skills. By 1996, it was time for The Baker Girls to leave their life on the farm and move to Nashville, Tennessee to realize their dream. The move, though difficult, gave Shari and Christi the opportunity to start singing in some of Music City’s most famous clubs like the Bluebird Café, The Broken Spoke, and The Courtyard Café. In 1999 The Baker Girls landed a production deal, and their first songwriting deal came shortly after. The Baker Girls' talent couldn’t be ignored, and at last came a recording contract with Sony Nashville in 2000. When the label dropped them during a large artist turnover, the girls were disheartened, but they didn’t give up.
"We felt like we were being humbled for a good reason," Shari says, "and it made us really get down to the guts of who we are and the music we love, so we dug in and worked even harder at our craft!" Christi adds, "We just went back to the drawing board, learned more, and hopefully, we grew as songwriters and as artists."
Since arriving in Nashville, Tennessee in 1996, this gifted mother and daughter, known simply as The Baker Girls, have paid their dues. They have written countless songs and have sung them out in small and large venues. They have opened for major recording artists like Sara Evans, Rascal Flatts, and The Wilkinsons. Since they are rodeo and sports nuts, they have opened many rodeos and ballgames with their rendition of The National Anthem.
The Baker Girls have seen their dreams nearly realized, only to have them suddenly detoured. The streets of Music City USA may be tough to navigate, but Shari and Christi Baker never lost their way. "We always tried to keep a vision of what we wanted," says Shari, "and we are so grateful for our true friends and excellent co-writers who have continually believed in us and encouraged us on our musical journey."
Don't Let The Make-Up Fool You is an album filled with fun, up-beat ditties, moving ballads, and pure country tradition. The Baker Girls sing of love, faith, heartache, family ties, and the simple joys a mother and daughter have shared living in rural America.