19 Facts About Baker Boy


Baker Boy was made Young Australian of the Year in 2019, and his song "Cool as Hell" was nominated in several categories in the 2019 ARIA Awards.


Danzal James Baker was born on 10 October 1996 in Darwin, Northern Territory, and grew up in the Arnhem Land communities of Milingimbi and Maningrida.


Baker Boy completed Year 12 at Shalom Christian College in Townsville, Queensland, before attending the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts in Brisbane.


Baker Boy developed his love of dancing and acting there, and was an original member of the Djuki Mala dance troupe, which toured Australia.


In 2016, Baker Boy featured in the video for "Yolngu Style", a modern contemporary dance music video created by a group of artists to inspire the world to dance, move and absorb the Yolngu style.


In 2016, Baker Boy appeared on the "Indigenous" episode of the first series of Australian television series You Can't Ask That on ABC TV.


In 2017, Baker Boy attracted national attention as the winner of the Triple J Unearthed National Indigenous Music Awards Competition.

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On 25 January 2019, Baker Boy released "Cool as Hell" Two days later, "Mr La Di Da Di" was voted into Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2018.


Baker Boy was the headline act at the opening night of the 2019 Tarnanthi exhibition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art at the Art Gallery of South Australia on 17 October 2019, performing outside the Gallery on North Terrace, Adelaide.


Baker Boy made his acting debut in True History of the Kelly Gang, released in cinemas in early January 2019 and later released on streaming service provider Stan from 26 January.


On 16 September 2020, Baker Boy began teasing a new song on social media, posting images of himself alongside Dallas Woods and Sampa the Great.


On 23 September 2020, Baker Boy released the single "Better Days".


On 25 September 2021, Baker Boy performed as part of the pre-match entertainment at the 2021 AFL Grand Final at Perth Stadium.


Baker Boy has performed in televised advertisements for Menulog and for Google.


Baker Boy performed at the closing ceremony of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, as part of the handover to the Australian hosts of Victoria 2026.


At the ARIA Music Awards of 2019, Baker Boy was nominated for three categories, and received three more nominations in 2020.


In 2019, Baker Boy was awarded Young Australian of the Year.


Baker Boy delivered his acceptance speech in both English and Yolngu Matha.


Baker Boy has performed at venues and events such as Yabun Festival, BIGSOUND, Groovin' the Moo, the Woodford Folk Festival, 2021 AFL Grand Final, Laneway Festival, WOMADelaide, and Golden Plains Festival.