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Vampire Kiss

by Jessie Haynes

With the energy of a live performance, this CD is folky, mournful, raw, and has moody guitar arrangements, lots of harmonies, lots of lyrics that make you think twice.
Genre: Rock: Soft Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. A Beginning
Jessie Haynes
5:10 album only
2. Air and Water II
Jessie Haynes
2:27 album only
3. My Pagan Heart
Jessie Haynes
4:37 album only
4. Living With a Ghost
Jessie Haynes
4:48 album only
5. The Letter
Jessie Haynes
4:24 album only
6. Vampire Kiss
Jessie Haynes
4:45 album only
7. Fire and Earth (feat. Stephen Palmer & Tracy Hamilton)
Jessie Haynes
5:35 album only
8. Fall Away (feat. Mike Gilks)
Jessie Haynes
4:29 album only
9. Almost Summer Time / Comfort and Joy (feat. Trina Michne & Bosco Michne)
Jessie Haynes
4:19 album only
10. Thru All This (Aka Rain) [Live]
Jessie Haynes & Stephen Palmer
5:14 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Before Vampires Were Sparkly, Jessie Haynes Was Awesome
Published: Monday, October 25, 2010 by Rory Kelly LI Pulse Magazine

So there is a new vampire-flavored album out on Long Island this week. But guys, I have to let you know, Jessie Haynes was being awesome and spooky before Stephenie Meyers had her whole fangirl vampire dream and built Twilight out of it. I would go so far as to say that Jessie Haynes is the sort of persona that might result if Laura Nyro and Laurell K Hamilton got together and had a kid.

Both Jessie and her new album, Vampire Kiss, are many-layered. The mood of the album wafts from ethereal, to dark and intense, to calmly reflective. It sort of takes you on a journey through Jessie’s mind—but not exactly in a way that makes you feel like you’ve got her figured out. She’s a bit sneakier than that.

So, OK, fancy adjectives aside, what will you actually hear on this record? The title track swoops in on you with tight, funky harmonies and rhythms that manage to bring the energy of a live performance to a studio recording. Some songs are folky and mournful. Others are simply raw. There are lots of cool, moody guitar arrangements, lots of harmonies, lots of lyrics that make you do a mental double-take.

So, Jessie is playing around a lot this fall and you can catch her AND pick up the album at any number of places in the near future. She’s playing in the Patchogue Theatre lobby both this Sunday for the Autumn Arts Festival, and on November 4th for the “Joni in the Lobby” Joni Mitchell Tribute. Further east, she hosts, and performs at, Original Voices at the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall—a singer/songwriter series that features local original acts. Go to any of those places, pick up Vampire Kiss and catch a great live performance.

East Quogue Musician Releases New CD; Set to Perform at Vail-Leavitt
By Pat Rogers, Westhampton-Hampton Bays Patch, 2010

East Quogue singer-songwriter Jessie Haynes has released her third solo recording, Vampire Kiss.

The full-length recording is a mix of haunting lyrics and implied stories laced with compelling instrumentals and a cast of musicians. Contributors include Bosco Michne, Mike Gilks, Trina Michne, Alex Sarkis and others.

Vampire Kiss (December 2010) is a follow-up to her last solo recording, The Secret Life of Cinderella (2007).

Haynes says Vampire Kiss has a few songs that were written at the same time The Secret Life of Cinderella, but she said she traces her strongest songs as those written more recently.

“I’ve learned a lot about recording since The Secret Life of Cinderella,” she said. “I hope to bring the quality up a notch. That’s why it took so long to make the recording. This is a labor of love and I’m proud of it.”

Besides her three solo recordings, Haynes has contributed to over 20 recordings and videos throughout her career as a professional musician, according to her bio. Professional highlights include founding and touring with Sweet Little Sister and playing and recording with Blackmore’s Night, a project by Ritchie Blackmore with Candice Night.

Haynes will perform songs from Vampire Kiss and more at the Eastenders Coffee House Reunion Concert on Feb. 26 at the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall in Riverhead. Other performers include Miles to Dayton and the blues duo Bruce MacDonald and Ken “The Rocket” Korb.

Haynes can also be heard during the ORIGINAL VOICES at the Vail series held the third Thursday of the month at the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall. Haynes founded the original music series in 2005 and has been running it ever since.

On March 8, Haynes emphasizes another recording she made with East Quogue medium, psychic and author Jim Fargiano. Escaping Boundaries is guided mediation set to instrumental music written and performed by Haynes. She will perform as part of an evening of dinner and spirit-based interaction led by Fargiano at the Rock Hill Country Club in Manorville.

Tracks from Vampire Kiss are already getting noticed. The song, My Pagan Heart, is included on the recent release, Best of Long Island Music 2010. The two-volume CD contains 21 original songs by Long Island musicians and songwriters. It’s produced by Paradiddle Records and is downloadable for free.

Vampire Kiss has 10 songs. Each featureds Haynes on lead vocals and guitar (acoustic and electric). Themes include beliefs that divide people from each other, tumultuous relationships and the way life unfolds. Nearly all tracks were recorded at RPR Studio in East Setauket. The one exception is Rain aka Thru All This. The song was recorded live at the Patchogue Theatre.

Contributors include her current band mates Trina Michne (rhythm guitar and vocals), Alex Sarkis (drums) and Phil Bland (bass) and Tracy Hamilton (percussion). Stephen Palmer plays bass and keyboards. Palmer and Haynes are long-time “partners in musical crime,” Haynes said. Palmer co-produced Vampire Kiss and mixed and mastered the recordings.

Vampire Kiss also includes Jennifer Roth on mandolin and guitarists John Brzoza and Jan Hanna. Vampire Kiss is available through iTunes and on Haynes's website.

“I love to invite different birds of a musical feather,” Haynes said.

Haynes has performed professionally since a teenager. She got her start with Sweet Little Sister and Loona, a smaller group Haynes founded. Sweet Little Sister opened for Johnny Winter, Leslie West & Mountain, Dee Snyder of Twisted Sister, Baby Animals and others, according to her website. Later on, Haynes spent three years touring internationally and recording with Blackmore’s Night.

Haynes has done session work for Taylor Barton & GE Smith. Her songs have been featured on the television shows Friends, Access Hollywood, America’s Most Wanted and more.

Writing songs, performing and making music have been and always will be an integral part of her life, Haynes said.

“It’s just what I do,” she said. “I’ll keep writing and recording my songs as long as it brings me happiness and satisfaction.”


Jessie Haynes/The Vail Leavitt Music Hall

Jessie Haynes has spent her life playing music across the east and west coasts, and occasionally internationally as well. Lately she’s made a home for herself on the east end, heading up a concert series at a beautiful old restored theater in Riverhead. The Vail Leavitt Music Hall is an antique theater run entirely by volunteers, which may just have a ghost or two amongst its velvet curtains and balconies. Jessie feels like her involvement with the Vail has a measure of fate in it. “For years The Vail was just this really cool and kind of mysterious place that was always looming in the back of my mind. There was a little voice that would remind me that sooner or later I should try to get involved there. I don’t think I really had a choice.”

Jessie’s concert series, Original Voices at the Vail, is a monthly showcase featuring Long Island songwriters. There’s an intimate open mic before and after, and the Vail’s two stages and decadent atmosphere tend to leave both performers and audiences feeling a little awed. The proceeds go to the not-for-profit organization that runs the Vail, which also presents the Riverhead Blues & Music Festival.

In person, Jessie exudes the unmistakable air of someone who is accustomed to taking journeys, both physically and spiritually. Her enigmatic lyrics and expressive vocals add to that feeling—but you haven’t gotten the full story until you’ve watched her grab a Les Paul and make it wail in the middle of a set. Jessie’s music will grab you by the sleeve and take you for a journey of your own if you let it.

Jessie’s new cd, Vampire Kiss, is due to come out in the next few months. Find out more about her and the Vail at jessiehaynes.com and vail-leavitt.org.



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