Harnage performing at Warped Tour in 2010
|Birth name||Blake Preston Harnage|
November 26, 1988 |
Florida, United States
|Genres||Alternative rock, experimental rock|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, guitarist, songwriter|
|Instruments||Guitar, vocals, keyboards, Programming|
|Labels||Fueled By Ramen|
Blake Preston Harnage (born November 26, 1988) is an American musician and producer who has served as lead guitarist, backing vocalist, and founder of the band Versa.
Harnage formed a band called "My Fair Verona" whilst in high school. After they broke up, Harnage and My Fair Verona drummer Anthony Martone went on to form their own band. They chose the name "VersaEmerge" from the terms "vice versa", meaning opposite, and "emerge" meaning to rise up. The band recorded their first EP, "Cities Built on Sand", in 2005, featuring former members Spencer Pearson on lead vocals, Anthony James on vocals, programming and keys, Josh Center on rhythm guitar, and Nick Osborne on bass as well as Harnage and Martone. With the departure of the four members, the band recruited former bassist Devin Ingelido from Bury the Ashes. The following year, current vocalist Sierra Kusterbeck auditioned for the vocal position by sending a tape online. While the other members were not too sure about Kusterbeck, Harnage convinced them she was right for the job and she soon joined the band in 2007. Little did they know that Kusterbeck lied about her age saying she was 18 years old, when she was really 16, so she could get an audition. However, Kusterbeck later cleared this misunderstanding and explained that it was more of a mix up; she was turning 17 a week from the audition, and she said to Harnage on the phone, "I'm 17, my birthday is in a week". This was misconstrued to mean she was already 17, and was turning 18, however she actually meant she would be 17 in a week.
VersaEmerge were signed to Fueled By Ramen in 2008, and they released their self-titled EP on February 3, 2009.
In May 2008 they released an EP called "Perceptions". Their self-titled EP was released on February 3, 2009. VersaEmerge's first full-length album, Fixed at Zero, was released on June 22, 2010.
Harnage has been dating artist and entrepreneur Charlavail Effron since March 2010.
- Bury the Ashes on Purevolume<purevolume.com/burytheashes>
- FBR Plus: Other Videos: VE Q&A<http://fbrplus.com/>
- RAW Interviews: Paragraph 1<http://csrawinterviews.blogspot.com/2009/06/sierra-anthony-from-versaemerge.html>