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Jesse Sykes (née Solomon) (born July 17, 1967) is an American singer and songwriter, best known for her band Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter, which was formed in 1999 with Phil Wandscher. Early life: Sykes was born in Mount Kisco, New York, and grew up in upstate New York. She has a BFA in photography from Rhode Island School of Design. Career: After college, Sykes moved to Seattle, Washington, and began playing in bands. Sykes was formerly in the band Hominy with then husband, Jim Sykes, who played guitar. The band released a self-titled album in 1998 on the Ivy label. In 1998, she met Phil Wandscher, who "had been fired from the legendary alternative country band Whiskeytown, which he started with Ryan Adams." They formed the band, Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter. Members of The Sweet Hereafter included Anne Marie Ruljancich (viola), Bill Herzog on bass, Kevin Warner on drums (on first two albums) and Eric Eagle on drums. In 1999 Sykes met producer Tucker Martine who recorded and produced the first three albums of The Sweet Hereafter. The most recent album "Marble Son" was produced by Sykes and Wandscher along with engineer Mell Dettmer. There was additional recording and production on both Like, Love, Lust and the Open Halls of the Soul and Marble Son by Martin Feveyear and both albums were mixed by Feveyear. The band was signed to Barsuk Records in 2003 after Chris Walla of Death Cab For Cutie, also a Barsuk band, heard the debut album "Reckless Burning" and brought it to the attention of label head Josh Rosenfeld. The same year the band signed with Paris based label Fargo. Their follow-up album, "Oh, My Girl" was recognized by music critic Jon Pareles of the New York Times on his end of the year list of "2004 albums that deserve notice before turning the calendar page" and was featured on NPR's All Things Considered. The band played the Roskilde musical festival in Denmark in 2004. In 2005, Conor Oberst, a fan of the band, invited them to tour with his band Bright Eyes. After the release of their third album, Like, Love, Lust and the Open Halls of the Soul the band toured with Sparklehorse. Sadly, Mark Linkous died from a self-inflicted gun shot wound in 2010. Sparklehorse was dropped from its label during the tour with the Sweet Hereafter, which Jesse Sykes described as a "bomb dropped on the Sparklehorse camp--most critically on Mark Linkous" in an article for the Seattle Weekly she authored describing her experience touring with Mark Linkous. In 2010, Sykes sang at All Tomorrow's Parties in Monticello, New York with the festival's headliner Altar, a collaborative project (as well as album name) between the American duo Sunn O))) and the Japanese trio Boris. The festival was curated by the film director Jim Jarmusch1. That same weekend Sykes also performed in Altar at Brooklyn's Masonic Temple. The show was opened by BXI the collaborative project with Ian Astbury, front person of the band The Cult, and Boris, followed by Jesse Sykes and The Sweet Hereafter. On this night a power outage occurred, lasting forty-five minutes. On December 10, 2007 Sykes also performed with Altar as part of ATP at the Forum Theatre in London, England. Sykes' association with Altar came about in 2006 when she had been asked by the members of Sunn O))), to write lyrics and a melody over music they had created with members of Boris, for the upcoming collaborative album. Sykes named the song "The Sinking Belle". Personal life: Sykes was previously married to musician Jim Sykes. She was in a 10 year relationship with Sweet Hereafter band mate, Phil Wandscher. Sykes is currently living in Iowa.

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