Bio & Disco
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. In her early 20’s, Jessie 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 acts such as Johnny Winter, Leslie West & Mountain, Baby Animals, Randy Jackson of Zebra, Dee Snyder of Twisted Sister, The Barefoot Servants & more, as well as contributing to countless benefits & festivals all over Long Island, Manhattan, upstate New York, New Jersey & Connecticut. Haynes also formed a 4 piece acoustic, all female band to work on Long Island called Loona while SLS was popular, managing booking & promotion for both groups.
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 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, Jessie completed her first solo release, Produced by Bill Sperl, entitled, “Sticky Silver Spoon.”
Jessie made numerous live appearances on radio & TV with both Blackmore’s Night & Sweet Little Sister and has done vocal & musical session work for such artists as Zacherly, Taylor Barton & GE Smith and 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.
In 2000 she was invited to spend a summer managing the musical production of young new acts for Famous Artists Management in Manhattan.
In 2004 Haynes released “Jessie Haynes & Cowgirl Ecstasy, Limited Compilation”, and in 2005
Jessie performed at the first annual Ritchie Blackmore Convention in Crewe, England and released “Our Own Bootleg”.
From 2002 to 2005 she began writing with Stephen Palmer. “Radio Wav’s” and “Radio Wav’s Volume 2” includes tracks in the Pop, Rock, Dance, Ballad & Soundtrack genres. Haynes also made guest appearances on Palmer’s self release, “The Alliance.”
2007 brought life to Jessie’s self recorded & released creation, “The Secret Life of Cinderella.”
2008 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.
In 2009 Haynes released a collection of instrumental music and guided meditations with Psychic/Medium Jim Fargiano called “Escaping Boundaries.”
Jessie released another solo album, “Vampire Kiss” in 2010.
She spent 5 years hosting a monthly night of music at the Historic Vail-Leavitt Music Hall called Original Voices at the Vail in Riverhead where she managed and booked as well as performed. Jessie also volunteered at the Historic Theatre, managing the guest rentals, and organizing events.
Haynes also began an Annual Toys For Tots Concert, organizing and performing, collecting donations and toys for 10 years.
In 2017, a second collaboration "Stepping Beyond Boundaries", with Psychic/Medium, Jim Fargiano was released.
In May 2022 Jessie was invited to do 2 shows with Blackmore’s Night for the 25th year anniversary and joined the band in June of 2022.
Jessie is currently performing her original music, as well as playing in The Barroom Girls (acoustic covers), The Vendettas (rockabilly) and with Marigrace Dineen's band (rock covers and originals) as well as performing with Blackmore's Night.
Stepping Beyond Boundaries: Jim Fargiano & Jessie Haynes, 2017
Katie Pearlman, Girls Like Us, 2011
Jessie Haynes: Vampire Kiss, 2010
Escaping Boundaries: Jim Fargiano & Jessie Haynes, Ceridwen Records, 2009
Original Voices at the Vail: Compilation 2, The Vail-Leavitt Music Hall, 2008
Live in the Lobby Volume 1: Patchogue Theatre, 2008
Original Voices at the Vail: Compilation 1, The Vail-Leavitt Music Hall, 200
Richard Gilks: The American Heritage, KPM 2008
Jessie Haynes : The Secret Life of Cinderella, 2007
Zacherley: 2006, Soundtrack
Jessie Haynes & Cowgirl Ecstasy :,Live at the Limelight (Our own Bootleg!), 2005
Stephen Palmer: The Alliance, 2005
Jessie Haynes & Stephen Palmer: Radio Wav’s Volume II, 2005
Jessie Haynes & Cowgirl Ecstasy: Limited Edition Compilation, 2004
Lovebots: Debut, 2003
Jessie Haynes & Stephen Palmer: Radio Wav’s Volume, 2002
Taylor Barton: 13 Break Ups FEATURES: “13 Break-Ups”, “In Your Kiss” (Duet with Edie Brickell), The Drooler
Peter Taylor & Jessie Haynes: Taylor’s Muse, Natural Records 2000
Richard Gilks, Rock Cafe, USA , Sonoton 1998
Jessie Haynes: Sticky Silver Spoon, 1998
Blackmore’s Night : Live In Germany (Minstrel Hall Music Video)
First official live Blackmore’s Night video. Not available in the shops. Mainly recorded at Köln 1997. Also includes acoustic session, interviews, backstage scenes, wardrobe scenes & medieval scenery. Running time: 70 mins
Blackmore’s Night : Behind The Music – Shadow Of The Moon
(Minstrel Hall Music Video)
First official Blackmore’s Night video. Not available in the shops. A documentary video on the making of the album, shows Ritchie at home with his guitar collection. Features three full length videos for ‘Renaissance Faire’, ‘No Second Chance’ & ‘Shadow Of The Moon’.
Loona: Live ’95 – ’96 Compilation
Sweet Little Sister : Debut , 1995
Sweet Little Sister : Live Volume l , 1991 – 1996 Compilation
Sweet Little Sister :Live Volume II (Live On the Air) , 1991 – 1996 Compilation
Sweet Little Sister : Live Volume III (Live On the Road), 1991 – 1996 Compilation
Sweet Little Sister : Live Volume IV (Live On the Road), 1991 – 1996 Compilation
Zacherley : Dead Man’s Ball, Soundtrack 1996