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|
|Occupation(s)||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. He lived in Leeds for a while before moving to London towards the end of the 1980s.
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. Hussey has played live with both Gary Numan and The Cure. He is a Liverpool F.C. supporter and after his team's victory in the Champions League Final of 2005, he composed the song entitled "Draped in Red" featured on the album God is a Bullet.
Since 2002, Hussey has regularly played solo shows that features Mission material, new songs and covers. After he wound up The Mission for the second time in early 2009, he released his first solo album called Bare in October of that year on the Sony Music label, (in Germany, there are four bonus tracks).
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. In 2014, he released his second solo album, Songs of Candlelight & Razorblades, of largely acoustic songs.
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.
Dead or Alive
- It's Been Hours Now EP (1982)
- The stranger/Some of that (1982)
- Sophisticated Boom Boom (1984)
The Sisters of Mercy
- God's Own Medicine (1986)
- The First Chapter (1987)
- Children (1988)
- Carved in Sand (January 1990)
- Grains of Sand (November 1990)
- Masque (1992)
- Neverland (1995)
- Blue (1996)
- Aura (2001)
- God is a Bullet (2007)
- Dum Dum Bullet (2010)
- The Brightest Light (2013)
- Bare (2009)
- Songs of Candlelight and Razorblades (2014)
- "Music Interview: Wayne Hussey". www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-08-17.
- Graham, Ben (12 October 2011). "The Mission Celebrate Their Quarter Century: Wayne Hussey Interviewed". the Quietus. Retrieved 2015-08-17.
- Draped in Red (downloadable link)
- Wayne Hussy MySpace Blog
- "Wayne Hussey: Songs Of Candlelight And Razorblades - album review". Retrieved 2015-08-17.