Jen Ledger

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Jen Ledger
Jen Ledger RTR.jpg
Ledger in June 2013
Background information
Birth nameJennifer Carole Ledger
Born (1989-12-08) 8 December 1989 (age 29)
OriginCoventry, England
GenresHard rock, Christian rock, alternative metal, Christian metal
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsDrums, vocals
Years active2008–present
Associated actsSkillet, Ledger

Jennifer Carole Ledger (born 8 December 1989) is an English drummer and co-vocalist for the American Christian rock and hard rock band Skillet.[1] At the age of 18 she became Skillet's drummer, when their former drummer Lori Peters retired.[2][1]

Early life[edit]

She was born in Coventry, England, and started playing the drums when she was 13.[3] Ledger attended the Bluecoat school in Coventry where she passed her GCSEs.[4] She played drums in a local band and was a finalist for the United Kingdom Drummer of the Year competition in 2006.[1]

She relocated to the United States at age 16 to major in drums with a scholarship at Living Light School of Worship in Kenosha, Wisconsin.[4] She joined the band The Spark; since the band already had a drummer, she played bass.[1]

Musical career[edit]

With Skillet[edit]

Ledger drumming in 2017

Band members Skillet discovered Ledger, when they attended church services in a city she lived at the time. They toured the school she was attending and asked Ledger to audition for an open drummer spot in the band.[4] She has been Skillet's drummer and female vocalist since she was 18 years old, beginning with the "Comatose Tour".[5][4]

With Ledger[edit]

Ledger stated that she and band mate Korey Cooper began to write music for her own pop-influenced solo-project album in about 2012.[6]

In March 2018, it was announced that her debut EP, Ledger, is scheduled to be released on 13 April.[7] She has signed a deal with Atlantic Records and Hear it Loud, the imprint launched by Skillet's John and Korey Cooper and manager Zachary Kelm.[7] Ledger was produced by Korey Cooper along with writer and producer Seth Moseley.[7] Ledger was named the opening act for Skillet's Unleashed tour.[7] On 6 April, she released an official audio for the song "Not Dead Yet" on YouTube.[8]

On 8 October 2018, it was announced that Ledger would be performing at the 2019 Winter Jam Tour Spectacular, along with Newsboys, Danny Gokey, Mandisa and Rend Collective.[9]

On 15 February 2019, Ledger released her non-album single, "Completely,"[10] followed by a music video published on 27 March.[11]

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
US
[12]
US
Christ

[12]
US
Rock

[12]
Ledger 62 2 7

Singles[edit]

Year Single US Main

[14]

Album
2018 "Not Dead Yet" 31 Ledger
2019 "Completely" non-album single

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director Album
2018 "Not Dead Yet" Roland Bingaman Ledger
2019 "Completely"

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Result Source
2012 Drummies! Award Rising Star Won [15]
Independent Drummer Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Smith, Angela (2014). Women Drummers: A History from Rock and Jazz to Blues and Country. Scarecrow Press. pp. 169–170. ISBN 9780810888357. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  2. ^ Skillet drummer exits; Jesus Freak Hideout reprint of John Cooper press release, 14 January 2008. Retrieved 28 January 2008
  3. ^ "Jen Ledger of Skillet". Modern Drummer Magazine. 10 October 2009. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d Waddington, Jenny (20 May 2008). "Coventry teen Jennifer Ledger rocks all over America". Coventry Telegraph. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  5. ^ "New Drummer". crossrhythms.co.uk.
  6. ^ "Ledger, 'Not Dead Yet' - Exclusive Song Premiere". Loudwire. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  7. ^ a b c d "Skillet's Jen Ledger Inks Solo Deal, Releasing EP Next Month: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Not Dead Yet (Official Audio)". LEDGER. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  9. ^ Clarks, Jessie. "Winter Jam 2019 Tour Details Announced". TheChristianBeat.org. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  10. ^ Cluver, Ross (15 February 2019). "LEDGER Releases Compelling New Single 'Completely'". CCM Magazine. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  11. ^ Blabbermouth (26 March 2019). "SKILLET Drummer JEN LEDGER Celebrates God's Love In New Video, 'Completely'". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  12. ^ a b c "Skillet Side Project Ledger Debuts at No. 5 on Emerging Artists Chart". Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  13. ^ "Metal By Numbers 4/25: Breaking Benjamin’s sales are hotMetal Insider". 25 April 2018. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  14. ^ "Rock Music: Top Mainstream Rock Songs Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  15. ^ "'Skillet's' 'Jen Ledger' Named 'Rising Star' in Drum Magazine's 2012 Drummies Award". The Metal Resource - mauce.nl. 3 July 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2018.

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