February 19, 2015 3:15 pm
Updated: February 20, 2015 3:38 pm

Swiss singing sensation Bastian Baker serenades Montreal


WATCH ABOVE: Swiss singing sensation Bastian Baker performs

MONTREAL – Swiss singer/songwriter Bastian Baker credits hockey with teaching him some important life lessons.

He says that’s where he learned about winning and losing, made his first friends and began to travel the world, lacing up along the way to play in Quebec City’s international Pee Wee tournament.

Bastian had planned to follow his father into professional hockey until the first song he recorded, “Lucky,” exploded on Swiss radio.

He admits he still loves hockey but describes music as “my true love, it’s been my passion ever since I was a kid.”

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The 23-year-old’s rather pessimistically titled album “Tomorrow May Not Be Better,” was originally released in Switzerland in 2011.

Now, it’s just been released in Canada.

Bastian admits the album was fueled by themes of teen angst and he looks back on the process of writing and recording the album as “therapy.”

Influenced while growing up by the likes of Queen, Led Zeppelin and the Eagles, Bastian insists his music now is infused with rock and folk, as much as blues and country.

The singer passed by the Global Morning News to speak with Global Morning News anchor Richard Dagenais about what it felt like to meet and jam with legendary music producer Claude Nobs in the bar of a Swiss ski resort.

Nobs, who founded the Montreux Jazz Festival, arranged for Bastian to perform on the festival’s stage.

Baker performs Friday as part of Montreal en Lumieres.

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