Based in Las Vegas, vocalist Ryan Baker has been singing in all types of venues and appearing in production shows all over North America for well over a decade. Originally from Long Island, NY, Ryan moved to Vegas in October 2003, where he began performing at weddings and corporate events at just about every major casino property in town, with performances ranging from Frank Sinatra “sound-alike” to impersonating the man himself.
In 2005, Baker helped create and became one of the stars of the original tribute show “Shades of Sinatra”, which has received the Entertainment Consumers’ Exchange “Tribute Show of the Year” award in 2007, 2012, & 2014. The “Shades” also had the privilege of opening for the one and only Don Rickles twice, at the Golden Nugget in 2007 and the Orleans in 2010.
Since 2008, Ryan has been playing the role of Frank Sinatra in “Drinkin’, Singin’, Swingin’”, a salute to the legendary Rat Pack produced by Rick Michel, touring in the US and Canada. Baker also portrayed the Chairman of the Board in David Cassidy’s production show, “The Rat Pack Is Back!” at Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino in 2008, to rave reviews. Since January of 2010, Baker has been filling in for the Frank, Dean, and Joey roles in “Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show", both in and out of Las Vegas.
In 2012, Ryan was asked to be the featured performer at the Opening Session of the Midwinter Meetings of the Chicago Dental Society, performing an original Sinatra vocal tribute act with a legendary quartet of musicians from Las Vegas, who had all played with Sinatra himself.
Besides tribute artist/impersonator work, Ryan is also an accomplished jazz singer. His latest project is an album called Timeless Again, released in 2016 and featuring his own takes on some of his favorite jazz standards. With arrangements by gifted guitarist Joe Lano, the album features a small group of world-class musicians and has been received with widespread critical acclaim.
While still considered a young entertainer, it is clear that Ryan Baker has an “old soul” and a deep appreciation for the wonderful music created by Frank Sinatra and other legendary entertainers. As radio host and jazz critic Ed Blanco writes in his review of Ryan’s album, “singing timeless classics seems to be something [Baker] was born to do from the beginning[.]”