High Flight Society
|High Flight Society|
|Also known as||Lift Ticket|
|Years active||1998 – 2012|
|Associated acts||Pacifico, Overflow, Sidestep, Three's Too Many, Tenth Leper, Clay Covered Souls, Picnic With Fish, The Elms, Seven Places, Number One Gun, Holland, Fighting Jacks, Cool Hand Luke, Chasing Victory, Bleach, Disciple, Spoken, The Wedding, Wavorly|
|Past members||Jason Wilkes
High Flight Society was an American Christian rock band from Cedartown, Georgia. The band was founded by Michael Packer and Scotty Lockridge – under the name Lift Ticket – and picked up John Packer later. For roughly two to three years, the trio recorded demos and played local gigs before realizing that they required a frontman. Jason Wilkes was John's friend and the band's choice, and went on to become the band's frontman, which is when the band decided to rename itself High Flight Society.
The band was originally on Selectric Records for the release of their EP From Far Above Somewhere. They were then signed by RKT Music, a subsidiary of Rocketown Records, in March 2007. Their song "Sweet Redeemer" reached No. 47 on the CRW Year End Top 100 Rock Songs chart for 2007. On June 5, 2007, the band released its self-titled debut album under RKT Music.
In late 2008, the label folded, leaving High Flight Society without a label. On December 12, 2008 it was announced that the group had added Jerad Griffin to take over Jason's rhythm guitar parts and to sing background vocals. In 2009, High Flight Society independently recorded and funded the release of Par Avion, which was released on June 16. This EP was made available online, and hard copies were sold only at shows.
On March 12, 2010, it was announced that they had officially signed to Warner Brothers/Word Records. Unfortunately, due to restructuring within the label, they were abruptly dropped, leaving them wondering how they would proceed as a band.
On December 21, 2010 it was announced that they had decided to part ways with Jerad. Using Kickstarter, the band raised over $5000 between December 21, 2010 and January 28, 2011 to fund their new six-song EP. On December 20, 2011, the band released its final work, Lights Come Down.
On Sunday, May 20, 2012, Lockridge, aged 31, had a seizure while preparing for church and died of apparent trauma.
In late 2012, frontman Jason Wilkes joined the band Disciple as bassist and backing vocalist. Wilkes finally left the band after his last show with them on April 11, 2015, and is now on a solo venture.
Albums and extended plays
|From Far Above Somewhere EP
|High Flight Society
|Par Avion EP
|Lights Come Down EP
|High Flight Society||Up Above||2007|
|"Time Is Running Out"|
|Par Avion||"Run From Yesterday"||2009|
|"Inhaling A Bullet"||2010|
|Born After Vinyl, Vol. 1||"Sweet Redeemer"||Rocketown||2007|
|Songs We've Been Trying To Tell You About (And Others We Haven't), Volume One||"Direction"||What Will People Think?||2012|
- Jason Wilkes – lead vocals (2001 – 2012); rhythm guitar (2001 – 2008; 2010 – 2012)
- Michael Packer – lead guitar, backing vocals (1998 – 2012)
- John Packer – bass guitar, backing vocals (1998 – 2012)
- Scotty Lockridge – drums (1998 – 2012; died in 2012)
- Jerad Griffin - rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2008 – 2010)
- High Flight Society on ChristianityToday.com
- Georgia Band High Flight Society Signs With RKT Music; BREATHECast.com; published March 2007 (retrieved March 20, 2008)
- "Sweet Redeemer" impacts radio for 2007, Rocketown Records News