Jessie Haynes

Music has always been a part of singer, songwriter & guitarist, Jessie Haynes life. During her toddler years you might've found her mimicking bits of classical pieces she'd heard her father playing on his piano, or asleep on the pillow in the kick drum of his band in their basement. The daughter of Richard Gilks, writer for KPM/EMI, Haynes was born on Long Island, NY.

At age 6, her parents loaded up their '63 Volvo & drove to LA, where Jessie did most of her growing up, in Echo Park, forming local garage bands until they moved back to NY at age 15. A few short years later, Haynes founded & became lead guitarist & primary songwriter for the all-female rock band, "Sweet Little Sister." While promoting their release on CMI Records, the band opened for numerous International acts.

During this time, Haynes was hired to perform on rhythm guitar & backing vocals for "Blackmore's Night," legendary Ritchie Blackmore's latest project with Candice Night. During her 3 years as a member of Blackmore's Night, the band promoted the first CD, "Shadow of the Moon," touring overseas, shooting videos & preparing for the next release, "Under a Violet Moon." Also during this time, Haynes completed her first solo release, entitled, "Sticky Silver Spoon."

Haynes made numerous live appearances on radio & TV and has done vocal & musical session work for such artists as Zacherly, Taylor Barton & GE Smith. Her songs have been featured on such American favorites as "Friends," "Access Hollywood," "America's Most Wanted," & on "Nickelodeon," as well as around the world. She was invited to spend a summer managing the musical production of young new acts for Famous Artists Management in Manhattan in 2000.

Fall of 2005 has brought the release of a live album entitled, "Jessie Haynes & Cowgirl Ecstasy, Live at the Limelight." The band is calling this collection "Our Own Bootleg," because it was recorded live at the first annual Ritchie Blackmore Convention in Crewe, England in October 2004 and has short excerpts in between songs. Also available digitally & in hard copy is "Jessie Haynes & Cowgirl Ecstasy, Limited Compilation," which was released in October 2004 at the Convention.

Also to Jessie's credit is a 10-song collection, recorded in collaboration with writer, producer, musician & engineer, Stephen Palmer. “Radio Wav’s 1 & 2” was created as a response to the many inquiries made by artists in need of material. While Haynes & Palmer each have had experience touring & in the studio with other projects, together they've created a fresh sound that allows them to explore their creative influences without losing their pop sensibility. Radio Wav's includes tracks in the Pop, Rock, Dance, Ballad & Soundtrack genres.

2007 brought life to Jessie's own self recorded & released creation, "The Secret Life of Cinderella." This 14 track collection is an eclectic balancing act, mixing acoustic folk, tasty electric guitar work with lyrical Neopagan undertones. She has showcased her music at New York City’s Pagan Pride Day, as well as The Patchogue Theatre, The Vail-Leavitt Music Hall, and created a new ‘Night of Musical Magickal Mischief” called Open Path Gathering, which combines open mike, featured performers & Neo-Pagan holiday celebrations.

The beginning of 2008 has brought a new release by Richard Gilks, The American Heritage, (KPM) which Jessie made a guest background vocal appearances on, and is available for television & movie use through KPM. Also, Jessie is back in the studio, recording her next album. She is currently performing with John Brzoza on guitar, Phil Bland on bass & Alex Sarkis on drums at venues on Eastern Long Island, and has been invited to host a monthly night of music at the Historic Vail-Leavitt Music Hall, in Riverhead where she will organize as well as perform. Visit: for full discography & video catalog.


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