Jesse Sykes is a Seattle-based singer-songwriter. Her backing band is The Sweet Hereafter, which features Phil Wandscher (late of Whiskeytown) on guitar. In 2002 they christened their "collective" Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter. Jesse Sykes belonged to another band, Hominy, along with her former husband Jim Sykes, who played guitar. The band released a self-titled album in 1998 on the Ivy label.