"Dark Place" by Jessie Baylin on iTunes

11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

New Jersey suburbanite Jessie Baylin left her parents’ house and their restaurant/bar where she performed as a teen for the world she imagined in Los Angeles. She married Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill and released an album for Verve. For her third album and second for Blonde Rat, she recorded and cowrote songs with Richard Swift at his studio in Cottage Grove, Ore. Swift played and arranged the music while Baylin handled all the vocals for what Baylin describes half-jokingly as “sort of like Dusty

EDITORS’ NOTES

New Jersey suburbanite Jessie Baylin left her parents’ house and their restaurant/bar where she performed as a teen for the world she imagined in Los Angeles. She married Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill and released an album for Verve. For her third album and second for Blonde Rat, she recorded and cowrote songs with Richard Swift at his studio in Cottage Grove, Ore. Swift played and arranged the music while Baylin handled all the vocals for what Baylin describes half-jokingly as “sort of like Dusty

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Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5

29 Ratings

Simply amazing

tierneyoraclair,

I love being able to listen to Jessie's entire catalog and be able to see how much she progresses and continues to change her sound and yet still manages to sound like her. "Dark Place" is a stunning album from start to finish. Well done, Jessie!

Enchantingly Beautiful

Kyle J. Krone,

Once again Jessie gracefully cultivates all the magic, romance, and idealism of classic soul / 60's pop and effortlessly weaves it with modern charm that results in something tangibly relevant and is unique to her. This is a skillfully executed charismatically beautiful and sophisticated pop record with wonderful restrain and subtly. Bravo!

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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