Harnage performing at Warped Tour in 2010
|Birth name||Blake Preston Harnage|
November 26, 1988 |
Florida, United States
|Genres||Alternative rock, experimental rock, pop, film score|
|Occupation(s)||Songwriter, Producer, Multi-instrumentalist, Composer|
|Instruments||Guitar, vocals, keyboards, Programming|
|Labels||Fueled By Ramen|
Blake Preston Harnage (born November 26, 1988) is an American songwriter, music producer, multi-instrumentalist and composer. He has written, produced, engineered, mixed or performed on songs for Versa, PVRIS, With Beating Hearts, and others.
Life and career
Harnage was born in Stuart, Florida. Immersed in music throughout his childhood, he has grown up under the influence of many musical styles. Starting guitar at a young age, Harnage has also received classical voice training. At age 14, Blake's first group performed locally, highlighting his blues guitar improvisation. Throughout high school, he played with various post-hardcore bands before starting VersaEmerge in 2006.
Versa and VersaEmerge
Since 2007, Harnage has toured extensively with his band VersaEmerge. As of recently, he and singer Sierra Kusterbeck have started creating music under the simplified name Versa. Departing from the bands previously energetic rock sound, Versa showcases deep electronic and atmospheric sounds.
Blake Harnage has done production on many releases including VersaEmerge's 2012 release Another Atmosphere Preview EP, as well as the more recent release from Versa - Neon EP. In 2013, Harnage began work on debut album from PVRIS entitled White Noise. He and PVRIS vocalist Lyndsey Gunnulfsen completed the writing and recording of White Noise almost entirely at his home studio in Port Saint Lucie, Florida.
In 2014, Harnage composed a piece for the independent documentary film Of Many, produced by Chelsea Clinton. Premiering at the 2014 TriBeCa Film Festival, the film examined struggles between the Jewish and Muslim communities. In addition to TriBeCa, the film was also screened at the 2014 AFI DOCS Film Festival, a special event at the United Nations and more.
Harnage was in a relationship with artist and entrepreneur Charla Vail Effron from March 2010 to the summer of 2015.