Jake Pitts

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Jake Pitts
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Jake performing with Black Veil Brides in New York on January 25, 2013
Background information
Birth nameJacob Mark Pitts
Also known asJake Pitts, The Mourner, "My Get Fit Jesus”, Pake Jitts of Literally Black
Born (1985-08-21) August 21, 1985 (age 34)
Pocatello, Idaho, United States
GenresHeavy metal, glam metal, metalcore, hard rock
Occupation(s)Musician, guitarist, songwriter, producer, engineer, Youtuber (personal & fitness)
InstrumentsGuitar, drums, piano, bass guitar
Years active1999–present[1]
LabelsLava, Standby
Associated actsBlack Veil Brides, AELONIA
Websitefacebook.com/blackveilbrides twitter.com/JakePittsBVB

Jacob Mark "Jake" Pitts (born August 21, 1985) is an American musician and record producer best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Black Veil Brides.

Personal life[edit]

The song "Carolyn" was written by Black Veil Brides' Lead Guitarist Jake Pitts about his mother when she was going through a period of illness.[2][3] On January 18, 2014, his mother, Carolyn, died.[4] He later said that her death scared him and made him start thinking about his health which is why he started working out and eating healthier. Jake also opened a fitness company called Get Mean Fitness with his friend Matt Yani.[5]

He married Inna Logvin Pitts on February 3, 2017.[6]

Music career[edit]

He received his first guitar when he was 10 years old, but he put it away and didn't play it for a few years then he picked it back up when he began listening to Metallica, because he wanted to recreate their sound.[1] He learned music and harmony theory from his mother, who was a classical pianist and composer. Jake is also influenced musically by rock and heavy metal artists such as Van Halen, Scorpions, Paul Gilbert, Buckethead, Randy Rhoads, Pantera, Black Sabbath, Armored Saint, Dio, Manowar, Iced Earth, Darkthrone, Cannibal Corpse, Slayer, Avenged Sevenfold, Mötley Crüe, and Metallica. Before joining Black Veil Brides, he played lead guitar in the bands the Perfect Victim and 80 Proof Riot.[7][8] He is a certified recording engineer and went to Los Angeles Recording School in 2006.[1][9] He co-produced the fourth Black Veil Brides record with John Feldmann, along with their fifth record Vale. He is working on a new band with his wife Inna, called Aelonia. He is also producing for other bands such as New Years Day.[10][11]


  • Kerrang! Awards 2011 – Best International Newcomer
  • Kerrang! Awards 2012 – Best Single "Rebel Love Song"
  • Kerrang! Awards 2013 – Best live Band – Black Veil Brides
  • Kerrang! Awards 2015 – Best live Band – Black Veil Brides
  • Revolver Golden Gods 2011 = Best New Band
  • Revolver Golden Gods 2012 – Best Guitarist "Jake Pitts" –
  • Revolver Golden Gods 2013 – Song of the year "In The End"
  • AP Magazine guitarists of the year 2013

– He and fellow Black Veil Brides guitarist Jinxx won Revolver Magazine's Golden Gods Award for "Best Guitarists 2012".[12][13]

Production career[edit]

  • 2010 – Black Veil Brides (We Stitch These Wounds) – Songwriter
  • 2011 – Black Veil Brides (Set The World on Fire) – Songwriter
  • 2013 – Black Veil Brides (Wretched & Divine) – Songwriter / Engineered Guitars
  • 2014 – Black Veil Brides (Black Veil Brides) – Songwriter / Engineer
  • 2016 - Thrown Into Exile (Safe Inside) - Producer / Writer / Engineer / Mixing / Mastering
  • 2017 - AELONIA ("The End" Single) - Producer / Writer / Engineer / Mixing / Mastering
  • 2018 - Black Veil Brides (VALE) - Co-Producer / Writer / Engineer


  1. ^ a b c ""METAL OF HONOR" INTERVIEW: JAKE PITTS FROM BLACK VEIL BRIDES". Exhibit A Gallery. April 15, 2010. Archived from the original on May 20, 2013. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
  2. ^ "Carolyn by Black Veil Brides Songfacts". Songfacts.com. Retrieved February 28, 2013.
  3. ^ "Andy Biersack of Black Veil Brides Talks "Set the World on Fire", "Batman" Movies, and More – ARTISTdirect News". Artistdirect.com. Retrieved February 28, 2013.
  4. ^ "Jake Pitts Instagram".
  5. ^ "Jake Pitts Youtube".
  6. ^ "Jake Pitts Instagram".
  7. ^ Cite error: The named reference Jake Pitts interview was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  8. ^ Richter, Alison (January 10, 2012). "Interview: Black Veil Brides' Jake Pitts and Jinxx Discuss Their Roots and Connection to Their Fans". Guitar World. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
  9. ^ "Black Veil Brides: 'You've Got To Be More Than A Band In T-Shirts And Jeans' | Interviews @". Ultimate-guitar.com. Retrieved February 28, 2013.
  10. ^ Cite error: The named reference Jake Pitts' Instagram Post was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  11. ^ "Sick first session in Iron Audio 2.0 with New Years Day".
  12. ^ "'Revolver' Golden Gods Awards Winners Announced". Revolver Magazine. April 16, 2012. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
  13. ^ Oullette, Mary (April 12, 2012). "Jake and Jinxx win award for "Best Guitarists"". Loudwire Rock News. Retrieved May 23, 2012.