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Hussey performing at the M'era Luna Festival in 2004
|Birth name||Wayne Hussey|
26 May 1958 |
Bristol, England United Kingdom
|Genres||Alternative rock, gothic rock, indie rock|
|Occupations||Musician, songwriter, record producer|
|Labels||Cleopatra Records, Sony Music|
|Associated acts||The Mission, The Sisters of Mercy, Pauline Murray & The Invisible Girls, Dead or Alive, Gossamer|
|Gretsch White Falcon, Fender Starcaster, Fender Stratocaster, Gibson SG|
Jerry Wayne Hussey (born 26 May 1958) is an English musician who was born in Bristol, England. He is best known as the lead singer of The Mission, and for being the guitarist with The Sisters of Mercy.
Hussey grew up in Bristol. He was influenced at a young age by Marc Bolan and his band T. Rex, and was thus inspired to become a guitarist. Brought up in the LDS Church, he rebelled against his parents' wishes that he serve as a missionary and moved to Liverpool in the late 1970s to join the scene around Eric's Club, a noted nightclub of the time.
Hussey started to perform, most notably with Pauline Murray (later lead vocal with successful punk band Penetration & The Invisible Girls), which is where he cut his teeth as a songwriter. The first success for Hussey came when he joined Dead or Alive at the request of frontman Pete Burns. After Burns retreated to become more studio-based, Hussey decided to leave and was offered a position with The Sisters of Mercy, concentrating on 12-string and 6-string guitars. When the Sisters of Mercy disbanded, Hussey and bassist Craig Adams set up The Mission, recruiting Mick Brown on drums and Simon Hinkler on guitars.
Hussey has produced and played on records by the Mission's Mercury Records stablemates All About Eve and in the late 1990s provided some remixes for the Los Angeles-based Cleopatra Records. He also produced, remixed and appeared on some tracks for the Columbus, Ohio-based band Gossamer including the track 'Run' for the first Unquiet Grave compilation by Cleopatra Records. He also produced and played on Brilliant Mistakes by the Greek band Flowers of Romance. He has played live with both Gary Numan and The Cure.
When playing live solo, Hussey uses a Martin D42. When playing live with the band, Hussey currently uses a Schecter Corsair 12-string made especially for him by Schecter for the Mission 25th anniversary shows in late 2011; he has previously used a Gretsch White Falcon. In the studio he uses both a Fender Telecaster and Fender Starcaster. His signature 12-string setup currently has a Fender Electric, a Vox Teardrop, an Ovation Acoustic, and a Taylor acoustic. During his time with the Sisters he used an Aria Pro II.
He is a Liverpool F.C. supporter. After Liverpool's triumph in Istanbul in 2005 Hussey composed a song entitled "Draped in Red". After he wound up The Mission for the second time in early 2009, he released a solo album called Bare in October, 2009 on the Sony Music label, (in Germany, there are four bonus tracks). He continues to tour as a solo artist.
In May 2009, Hussey announced on the Mission's website and in an interview on BBC 6 Music that he and Julianne Regan were working together on an album of cover songs, reinterpretations of old material and new songs, and invited fans to suggest songs for the duo to cover. This album was eventually released in the autumn of 2011 as Curios by Hussey-Regan on Cherry Red Records.