Music, to some people, is like oxygen, they feel they would never be able to survive without the music of their favorite bands. Music can also be a time machine, whisking the listener back to the exact moment, and the exact feelings as the very second they first heard that certain song. Music bridges all perceived obstacles, healing the wounded and speaking to all humankind, no matter what a person’s native language is. Then there are people who turn to the music of their favorite band for inspiration, guidance, strength and sometimes the fortitude to keep going forward in life. Skillet’s newest studio album, Victorious (Atlantic Records) is proof positive why the music of this band is a lighthouse beacon helping souls that have lost hope navigate the tumultuous, unforgiving sea known as life. The very metamorphosis of Skillet as a band serves as a true testament that the band is unwavering in their promise to practice what they preach. Continue reading
It’s very easy in the current musical climate to play it safe in order to succeed at a higher level. The hard part is trying to be original in a world of clones and bring some new flavors. Tougher still when you choose to step into the spotlight for the first time by yourself on a bigger stage, as the stakes are higher. As the saying goes “pressure makes diamonds”. Jen Ledger, drummer for Skillet, stepping out on her own for a solo led band was inevitable given her talent. If namesake band and self-titled EP (Hear it Loud) are any indication, the frontwoman role is one she can own for a long time.
Full of smooth, fun anthemic rock and pop tracks, Ledger has a lot in common with a lot of modern artists, not too far stylistically from In This Moment, New Years Day, Joy Williams, Paramore and others. This might be Jen’s solo debut, but all of the tracks are tight, and fully-fledged. It’s just good songs that Jen co-wrote with her bandmate Korey Cooper (Skillet) and Grammy award winning producer and writer Seth Mosely. The tracks definitely had Jen’s imprint all over them, especially her powerful, self-assured vocals.
Skillet drummer Jen Ledger will release her first solo EP, titled Ledger, on April 13 through Hear It Loud, a label imprint launched by SKILLET frontman John Cooper and his wife, Korey Cooper. Now you can watch her first music video for the track ‘Not Dead Yet’.Continue reading
Jen Ledger, the drummer for rock band Skillet will drop her debut solo release, an EP dubbed Ledger from Hear It Loud on April 13th. The label was founded by Skillet’s husband and wife songwriters John and Korey Cooper.Continue reading
Frontman John Cooper commented on Unleashed:
“I wanted to make an album that could make people feel the music. I always aim to write songs to which people can relate, but this time I wanted to see not only how the songs would connect lyrically, but also how they’d connect musically.”
Unleashed will be the follow-up to 2013’s Rise album which earned the band a Grammy nomination. Along with the band teamwork of husband and wife John (lead vocals, bass) and Korey Cooper (rhythm guitar, keyboards, programming, backing vocals), Seth Morrison (lead guitar) and Jen Ledger (drums, vocals), they worked with a production team of Brian Howes, (Daughtry, Halestorm, Nickelback), Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Disturbed, Five Finger Death Punch), Neal Avron (Twenty One Pilots, Walk The Moon, Fall Out Boy, Linkin Park) and Seth Mosley (Newsboys, TobyMac) on Unleashed. Pre-orders for the album are now live:
Unleashed track listing:
Back From The Dead
I Want To Live
Out Of Hell
Burn It Down
Watching For Comets
Saviors Of The World
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