SUGAR LAND (Covering Katy News) – Katy native Hayden Baker will be opening for the legendary Willie Nelson at the Smart Financial Centre in Sugarland on Sunday, Nov. 25. Baker is a 2016 Katy High School graduate and a member of the 2015 National Champion football team. He is currently on a baseball scholarship at Houston Baptist University majoring in Business Management.
“I got the news last Friday as I was walking off the baseball field at HBU,” Baker told Covering Katy. “I couldn’t keep from smiling and felt as though all my hard work was coming to fruition. This will be the biggest show I’ve played to date and my band and I couldn’t be more excited.”
Just three years ago Hayden was playing at Midway BBQ and a few other Katy locations. Now, he is playing at premier venues like the Smart Financial Centre.
“Willie is one of the greats, and to share the stage in front of thousands of people with him is going to be an absolute honor,” Baker said. “Right now I’m trying not to think about the gravity of the situation to avoid nerves, just trying to focus on the music. I know once those spotlights hit, a few butterflies may arise.”
Although Baker has shared the stage with other artists like Josh Ward, Randall King, Tracy Lawrence, Jody Booth and even country music icon Larry Gatlin, playing with Willie Nelson will be the highlight of his young music career.
Baker’s debut CD is available now to preorder and will be available for full download on December 7. He will have a CD release party at Mo’s Place in Katy on Saturday, December 8 where he will open for Texas Country Music Artist Jody Booth. Autographed CD’s and merchandise will be available for purchase.
Baker was a Texas Country Music Association nominee for emerging new artist this year. He was just one of five artists to earn that recognition in Texas.