M.E. Baird is an Australian singer-songwriter, musician and visual artist with an impressive body of work spanning more than two decades. M.E. Baird has a very singular approach to his songwriting and art practice that clearly separates him from the mainstream. He is also a former academic with a background in art and design. Originally from Melbourne, he has lived in many places since, each a unique chapter in life and art and has for the last seven years lived in the Northern Rivers (Bundjalung Nation) region of New South Wales.
In June of 2019, M.E. Baird released his 4th full length offering entitled ’TIME’, then embarked on a national tour with full band however, the tour was cancelled when
M.E. Baird was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. He immediately started on treatment in September to slow the growth of the cancer followed by surgery to remove his prostate in March 2020 – just as the world was descending into to what would become the COVID-19 pandemic. However, M.E. Baird is not one to be easily defeated and while recovering has already begun writing and recording new demos, creating music videos for selected tracks from TIME as well as virtual live performances. He has also embarked on a new a series of illustrations and paintings. 2020 may well become his most productive year yet.
SONGWRITING AND MUSIC
There is a haunting quality to M.E. Baird’s music, a type of gothic blues and folk noir that permeates the songs. Baird knows how to successfully balance the beauty and the despair on Time and as a result, this is an album that should fit nicely in the record collections of fans of songwriters such as Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen and Will Oldham." ★★★★ The Music (Australia)
"The slowly developing, intimately held tracks, which are neither folk, nor country, but maybe a Leonard Cohen interpretation of both are meant for the small, dark, alone spaces of your life." ★★★★ Bernard Zuel, Sydney Morning Herald
"Baird speaks of lost loves and scarred hearts, and while he paints life in a harsh light, he still finds something to hold onto, be it a memory or a dream not yet faded. This is folk; sad, bitter and beautiful.” ★★★★ Chris Martin, The Brag Magazine, Sydney
'Deeply emotive, M.E. Baird is driven by emotion. Whether in the carefully crafted lyrics, the music itself or his lamenting singular voice, emotion drips from everywhere, it trickles down walls and pools on the floor. It aches and hurts...and it’s beautiful.’ - Rhythms Magazine
M.E. Baird has been writing songs, composing music, producing, fronting bands and performing solo since 1989. Over this time he has explored blues, folk, rock, country and jazz albeit his own unique interpretation of the genres. Regardless of the style he has always been fascinated with the sonic elements of light and shade combined with a well crafted lyric. He has written and recorded four full length albums and numerous Ep's. He has contributed songs to soundtracks and composed original music for film, TV and screen art projects, as well as extensive touring and live performance.
M.E. Baird has always had a passion for art and specifically drawing from a very young age. Drawing and music as a child and teenager primarily offered refuge and escapism from his suburban malaise and even now, M.E. Baird's works are still very much a form of respite and meditation. Utilising a painstaking 'Zen' like process of markings and layering can see some larger pieces taking weeks to complete. Hence why the works are sometimes mistaken for very fine etchings rather than one-off graphite pieces.
This love for drawing lead M.E. Baird to initially study fine arts at was then known as Frankston Technical College and later Landscape Architecture and Architecture at RMIT University. M.E. Baird is also a former academic with over 15 years of experience. He has held various teaching scholar positions, lecturing and tutoring roles in art, design, architecture, creative theory and creative philosophy at various art schools and universities in Victoria and New South Wales, that include, RMIT, UNSW-COFA, Deakin University, UNSW-Built Environment, Sydney University and Byron School of Art (BS’A). Although no longer an academic, M.E. Baird does offer workshops exploring the notion of creative thinking and creative processes.