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|Birth name||Jessica Baldassarre|
|Born||April 4, 1984|
|Origin||Gillette, New Jersey, U.S.|
|Labels||Blonde Rat Records|
Jessica Baldassarre (born April 4, 1984 in Gillette, Long Hill Township, New Jersey), known as Jessie Baylin, is a Nashville-based singer/songwriter. Her debut album You was produced by Grammy Award winner Jesse Harris.
Baylin signed her first major label record deal with Verve Forecast. 'Firesight' was released on June 24, 2008 and debuted #34 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart. Little Spark is her third album released in 2012 released on Blonde Rat Records label, a label established by her.
Born in the Gillette section of Long Hill Township, New Jersey, Baylin hung around in the bar and restaurant her parents owned throughout her childhood. Her mother would join her in singalongs of classic pop music, but by age 13 Baylin had discovered some of her greatest influences Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland
Baylin moved to Los Angeles after attending Professional Children's School. Baylin wrote her first song with a friend and immediately knew she'd found her calling. Afterward, she cut some demos, resulting in a residency at the Mint, which led to a growing interest in her work in the record industry. She became a regular singer at the Hotel Café, emerging as a pillar of a vibrant grass-roots scene of young singer/songwriters. Baylin has since moved to Nashville, Tennessee to live with her husband.
Baylin's first album, You was an amalgam of pop, jazz, blues, Western swing, and other rootsy styles. The album was produced by Jesse Harris with Norah Jones, who co-wrote most of the songs. The album was released exclusively on iTunes.
Her second album, Firesight was released on the Verve Forecast label in 2008. The album was written by Baylin, Jesse Harris, Mike Daly, Mark Goldenberg, Greg Wells and Danny Wilde, and was produced and engineered by Roger Moutenot. Baylin toured in support of the album in 2009, supporting Marc Broussard.
Her third album, Little Spark was released on her own Blonde Rat Records label on January 17, 2012. It was produced by Kevin Augunas, and features studio musicians Waddy Wachtel, Greg Leisz, Jim Keltner, and The Watson Twins on backup vocals.
Baylin and her band have toured with and performed with Marc Broussard, James Morrison, Dolores O'Riordan, Brett Dennen, Animal Liberation Orchestra, Teitur, Matt Nathanson, and Newton Faulkner.
Baylin is married to Nathan Followill, the drummer for Kings of Leon. The two were married on November 14, 2009 in Brentwood, Tennessee at the Wolf Den Farm. She gave birth to their daughter, Violet Marlowe Followill, on December 26, 2012. Their second child, son Oliver Francis, was born on 10 April 2018.
In popular culture
Her song "So Hard" taken from the album You was featured on the television show, Army Wives on Lifetime. In 2012, her song "Hurry Hurry" taken from the album "Little Spark" was featured on the television show, "Ringer" on CW, the 19th episode from Season 1, Let's Kill Bridget!.
- You (iTunes)
- Firesight (2008, Verve Forecast label)
- Little Spark (2012, Blonde Rat Records label)
- "Thorns" (2012, iTunes Single)
- "Dark Place (2015, Blonde Rat Records label)