12 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

The rhythmic radiance peppering Little Spark comes from legendary A-list session drummer Jim Keltner. He and the similarly notable guitarist Waddy Wachtel and pedal steel master Greg Leisz help give these songs a more timeless quality than those from Baylin’s 2008 debut, Firesight. “Hurry Hurry” opens like a time capsule of bygone Nashville countrypolitan pop, with Baylin’s honeyed voice lilting over gossamer string arrangements courtesy of Richard Swift. “Love Is Wasted on Lovers” gets more nostalgic, with a soulful sound that harks back to a time when Carole King and Gerry Goffin were churning out gold records. That Brill Building sound is further explored on the beautifully constructed “The Greatest Thing That Never Happened,” where bells and a horn section perfectly punctuate the song’s buoyant melody. The layered and reverberant “Star Cannon” conjures the spirits of L.A.’s Gold Star Studios with a wall-of-sound orchestration.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The rhythmic radiance peppering Little Spark comes from legendary A-list session drummer Jim Keltner. He and the similarly notable guitarist Waddy Wachtel and pedal steel master Greg Leisz help give these songs a more timeless quality than those from Baylin’s 2008 debut, Firesight. “Hurry Hurry” opens like a time capsule of bygone Nashville countrypolitan pop, with Baylin’s honeyed voice lilting over gossamer string arrangements courtesy of Richard Swift. “Love Is Wasted on Lovers” gets more nostalgic, with a soulful sound that harks back to a time when Carole King and Gerry Goffin were churning out gold records. That Brill Building sound is further explored on the beautifully constructed “The Greatest Thing That Never Happened,” where bells and a horn section perfectly punctuate the song’s buoyant melody. The layered and reverberant “Star Cannon” conjures the spirits of L.A.’s Gold Star Studios with a wall-of-sound orchestration.

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About Jessie Baylin

New Jersey native Jessie Baylin began plotting her songwriting career at an early age, penning poems while still in elementary school and -- at the ripe age of 13 -- singing for customers at The Fire Sight Inn, a local jazz bar that her parents owned. Although moved by the work of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Barbra Streisand, Baylin didn't compose her own songs until several years later, when she relocated to California after graduating from high school. She then settled in Los Angeles and honed her songwriting skills in private, eventually emerging with a batch of demos that mixed her jazz, country, and pop/rock influences.

After generating label interest through her demo tapes and a residency at the Los Angeles club The Mint (as well as recurring gigs at The Hotel Café, which paired Baylin with a number of other emerging songwriters), the singer signed with the Verve Forecast label and released her debut effort, Firesight, in 2008. She also became engaged to Nathan Followill, the drummer for Kings of Leon, and settled in Nashville with her fiancé. The two married one year later.

Baylin left Verve and recorded her next album with producer Kevin Augunas while she was pregnant. Little Spark was released in 2012 on her Blonde Rat label, as was the single "Hurry Hurry." The track was featured on an episode of the CW television network series Ringer. After giving birth to a daughter and taking a long break, Baylin returned to the studio with co-writer and producer Richard Swift. She emerged with Dark Place in 2015.

~ Andrew Leahey & Katherine Fulton

  • ORIGIN
    New Jersey

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