Happy New Year everyone! Ok, I know it’s late January, but hey, we’re only 1/12 into 2010, so it still applies. As many of you know, we had a fantastic New Year’s Eve in the Lobby Lounge at the Montage. What a pleasure it was working with such talented musicians! Thanks to Robin Swenson, Alec Milstein, Phil Settle and Michael Clarke for their incredible performances. I continue to enjoy my position as Lobby Lounge entertainer at the Montage Resort and Spa, Laguna Beach, performing Tuesday through Saturday each week, 8pm. Many thanks to our executive management team, Victorio Gonzalez, Todd Orlich and James Bermingham and of course, CEO of the Montage, Alan Fuerstman. Also, thanks to the entire Lobby Lounge staff. What a team!

Many of you have anticipated the release of my new CD for over a year now and you’ll be glad to know that I have almost completed the project. Working again with Rick Cowling, we are recording a very stripped down, basic piano/vocal record which will include 10 cover songs. I will probably cut another all-covers CD this year as well as begin work on a new original music CD. Yes, it will be a busy year! Anyway, I anticipate having the new CD available by the end of February, so stay tuned. By the way, individual mp3 downloads of the songs from my first full-length CD, “Ten for the Road”, are available at CDBaby.com. Just search “David Allen Baker”.

I continue to pitch songs in Nashville, hoping that a major artist will record one of my original songs for release. It’s a tough game so I plan on making a couple of trips to Nashville this year to try to “turn up the heat” on that aspect of my career. Thanks to Chris Keaton for continuing to believe in my songs.

This update would not be complete without mentioning the fact that I became a first-time father in 2009. Leilani and I welcomed our beautiful daughter, Ivey, into our family on June 16, 2009. She is amazing and has brought nothing but joy to our lives. I am certain she will inspire many songs over the years to come (maybe I WILL do a children’s record!).

Thanks to all of you who have patronized the Lobby Lounge over the past year. I am looking forward to an incredible 2010 and hope to see you soon.