Hailed by NPR for her “stunningly thoughtful tenderness” and “magnetically elusive” sound, Jessie Baylin writes herself back into existence on her arresting new album, Jersey Girl, embracing the roots she’s spent much of her life running from and reminding herself who she’s always been in the process. Written and recorded with GRAMMY-winning producers Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchuk, the collection marks Baylin’s first release since the passing of longtime collaborator Richard Swift, whose influence looms large here even in his absence, and it signals the start of a profound new chapter, one marked by love and empathy for the face in the mirror. Lush and dreamy, the songs draw on a hazy palette of warm guitars and vintage keyboard tones, and Baylin’s performances are mesmerizing to match, her captivating voice front-and-center as she grapples with guilt and shame, pain and healing, purpose and identity.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Baylin spent stints in New York and LA before eventually landing in Nashville, where she would solidify her a reputation as a gifted writer and performer with a knack for finding the beauty in moments of darkness and doubt. Over the years, Baylin’s shared bills with everyone from Iron & Wine to Brett Dennen and earned praise from Rolling Stone to the New York Times T Magazine, who declared that her “lush, slightly nostalgic” delivery “recalls big, warm AM radio singles, as well as soulful female vocalists like Dusty Springfield and Nancy Sinatra.”