Singer/songwriter Butch Baker made his singing debut in his father's church when he was only 19 months old. He was born in Sweetwater, TN, and spent much of his childhood singing, influenced by Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, the Everly Brothers, Don Gibson and Red Foley, as well as gospel music. Following his graduation from Tennessee Military Institute at age 16, he became a drama major at the University of Tennessee. It was here that he eventually decided to pursue a music career. He moved to Nashville in 1979; to raise the bus fare for the trip he sold his beloved guitar.