Ronnie Radke

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Ronnie Radke
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Ronnie Radke performing with Falling in Reverse at House of Blues, Chicago 2015.
Ronald Joseph Radke

(1983-12-15) December 15, 1983 (age 35)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • rapper
  • musician
  • record producer
Years active1998–present
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • guitar
Associated acts

Ronald Joseph Radke (born December 15, 1983) is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, musician, and record producer. Radke found success as a vocalist as a co-founder of the post-hardcore band, Escape the Fate, in his early twenties but his career stalled when he was served a two and a half year prison sentence due to a probation violation. After his release, Radke subsequently became the lead singer of a new band, Falling in Reverse. As a solo musician, Radke released rap mixtape, Watch Me, in 2014, which included collaborations with Deuce, b.LaY, Tyler Carter, Sy Ari Da Kid, Jacoby Shaddix, Danny Worsnop, Andy Biersack, and Craig Mabbitt.[1]

Early life[edit]

Ronald Joseph Radke was born on December 15, 1983, in St. Rose Hospital, in Las Vegas, Nevada, one of three children born to Russell Radke, the others being his brothers, Anthony James Radke (1980-2013) and Matthew Radke.[2][3] Radke's mother abused drugs and was absent from his childhood, which he said caused him to have a general lack of respect towards women as an adult though he later forgave her when he posted a picture of her on Instagram after a Falling in Reverse show in 2014.[4] Radke is part Blackfoot Indian and Portuguese [5]

Radke learned to play piano and guitar in his first bands. He began by playing Blink-182 songs on guitar. The first song he could play was "Dammit". He formed several bands while in high school. Radke ran away from home to play in his first band, with his friend Mitch, called 3.0. which according to Radke "sounded exactly like Blink 182". He lived with Mitch and his mother for a time. They played a few shows at various venues such as Chain Reaction and the Huntridge in Las Vegas. After the band, Radke moved back in with his dad, re-entered school, and dropped out again. He stated in an Alternative Press interview, "I just couldn't for some reason pay attention; I just daydreamed about everything else but what I'm supposed to be doing." Radke stated that the second band was called Lefty. Radke met Max Green (from the band Almost Heroes) at a talent show. Radke's microphone fell and Max picked it up for him while they were on stage and they became friends, forming the band True Story, which recorded a demo containing the track "This Is Not the End". Radke started screaming in the band after being inspired by Thrice, then started to sing, slowly forming Escape the Fate.

"Listen Up!" was written by Radke in 1998 as well as "Besides the Issues" and "The Worst Time". In 2001, Radke, with his friend, producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette, recorded the songs "Listen Up!", "The Worst Time" and "The Departure". Both recorded instruments together and also composed the themes for "As You're Falling Down", "Make Up" and "Not Good Enough for Truth in Cliche", recorded in 2005, along with Escape the Fate.


Escape the Fate (2004–2008)[edit]

In high school, Radke and Max Green were close friends. In 2004, Bryan Money, looking for a vocalist, contacted Max who referred him to Radke. Bryan agreed and began auditions for a drummer. Robert Ortiz was selected, and Escape the Fate was formed. A few weeks later, Omar Espinosa, who at the time was the guitarist for Lovehatehero, joined as rhythm guitarist. The band began to play in the post-hardcore scene in Las Vegas. During that time Carson Allen joined as keyboardist. The band recorded the demo Escape the Fate EP. They signed in early 2006 with Epitaph Records after winning a radio contest judged by My Chemical Romance, which launched their career.[6]

In May 2006, recording for the EP There's No Sympathy for the Dead began, as well as some songs from the debut album, Dying Is Your Latest Fashion. Both were produced by Radke's friend Michael "Elvis" Baskette.

Falling in Reverse (2008–present)[edit]

Since late 2006, Radke had a new band in mind, due to personal issues within Escape the Fate. With the help of Nason Schoeffler, Radke formed a band called From Behind These Walls,[7][8] which was renamed as Falling in Reverse.[9] Upon his release from prison in December 2010 Radke announced his return to recording. Falling In Reverse released their first single "Raised by Wolves" in 2010, followed by the album The Drug in Me Is You[10][11] which was released on July 26, 2011, through Epitaph Records.[12]

Solo and Watch Me (2013–present)[edit]

On May 31, 2013, Radke launched his YouTube channel and released a solo song, "Fair-Weather Fans". The song is described as "a song Ronnie made dedicated to all the people who didn't believe in him."[13][14] On June 1, he released a second song, called "What Up Earth?".[15]

In part 3 of his interview with Alternative Press, Radke stated that he is creating a rap mixtape, produced by Charles Massabo (Kallaghan Records)[16] that will feature some well known rap artists, the mixtape will be released in December 2013 for free.[17] The first single off that mixtape, "Blacklist", which features b.LaY, was released on July 5, 2013 on YouTube.[18]

A diss track titled "I Wash Cars" (also featuring b.LaY), which attacks Sumerian Records and its founder Ash Avildsen, Lorenzo "The Main Event" Antonucci, and electronicore band I See Stars, was leaked online. Ash and Lorenzo released a diss track in reply to "I Wash Cars" titled "When Ronnie Met Sally" attacking Radke. The feud between the two groups has since been resolved, and Radke is now on good terms with I See Stars, Sumerian Records, and Antonucci. On October 28, 2013, it was announced that Ronnie Radke and Craig Mabbit of Escape the Fate had made up and are now on good terms. Also the two mentioned their two bands will be touring together in early 2014.[19][20]

"Well, I'm doing a mix tape right now with everybody on the scene that's doing well. Danny [Worsnop] from Asking Alexandria, Andy [Biersack] from Black Veil Brides is singing on it. It's all rap, but they're singing all the choruses on it. There's Jacoby [Shaddix] from Papa Roach. There's Deuce, and we've got Craig Mabbitt [from Escape the Fate] singing on it. There's more too, but every track is going to be someone."

In an interview with Loudwire

In an interview with Loudwire, he has stated that he is in the process of making a rap mixtape, which according to Radke will include an artist on every song. He has also stated that the mixtape may be released for around Christmas.[21] On Christmas Day, he revealed a website through which subscribers received a new song, "Destiny", from the mixtape, now titled Watch Me. The track-list was also revealed but some songs did not contain feature other artists like he originally claimed.

Personal life[edit]

Radke has one daughter from his relationship with model Crissy Henderson. At one point, he became engaged to Henderson but their relationship ended in 2013, due to infidelity on his part.[22]

Radke has openly denounced religion due to its treatment of LGBT people, saying he felt bitter and found hypocrisy in that Christianity was initially discriminatory against gay people but became accepting of them later on.[23]

Radke's older brother, Anthony, died as the result of a traffic collision in 2013. By Anthony, Radke has one niece, Sabrina, and four nephews, Troy, Nathan, Joshua, and Dylan.[24]

Legal issues[edit]


On May 6, 2006, then 22-year-old Radke met with Marcel Colquitt near Shadow Ridge High School, at north end of Decatur Boulevard, at approximately 2:30 PM to fight.[25][26] Each man brought additional men to support them in the fight, with new reports placing the number of those involved at anywhere from six to eight individuals. During the fight, 22-year-old Chase Rader, a man who had accompanied Radke, shot 18-year-old Michael Allen Cook three times, killing him, as well as wounding another man, Colquitt's brother.[27] Rader was arrested for and charged with murder but the district attorney declined to prosecute him, despite his confession, as it was determined Rader acted in self-defense.[28][29]

Radke and Colquitt were criminally charged for their involvement in Cook's death, although Colquitt committed suicide before he could stand trial.[30] On January 18, 2008, Radke pleaded guilty to battery with substantial bodily harm in relation to Cook's death and subsequently was ordered to be placed on probation for five years, and he was ordered to pay $92,372 in restitution to Cook's mother.[31][32] After Radke violated the terms of his probation, he was made to serve two and a half years in prison.[33][34][35]

Because of his criminal activity and prison sentence, Escape the Fate severed ties with Radke and vocalist Craig Mabbitt, formerly of the band Blessthefall replaced Radke due in prison.[36][37]

Disturbance of the peace[edit]

On May 1, 2012, Radke was accused of having allegedly hit his then-girlfriend, Sally Watts, and was subsequently arrested in Glendale, California on August 6, 2012, after he'd failed to make an appearance at any of the scheduled court hearings.[38][39] He was officially charged with a misdemeanor count of corporal injury and misdemeanor false imprisonment by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.[40] He was released on $30,000 bail. On May 14, 2014, Radke pleaded nolo contendere to disturbance of the peace, though Watts claimed on Twitter that Radke had pleaded nolo contendere to a charge related to domestic violence.[41][42]


On September 29, 2012, Radke was performing as part of Falling in Reverse for FestEVIL, a punk rock festival for Six Flags Great Adventure's Fright Fest event, when he threw three microphone stands into the audience at the close of a performance, injuring a 16-year-old girl, who was taken to the hospital, and a 24-year-old man, who was treated at the scene.[43] Radke was charged with simple assault and aggravated assault and released on $25,000 bail.[44][45] Radke publicly apologized for his actions, saying that his actions were not in anger and that he'd not intended to hurt anyone.[46][47] Six Flags subsequently decided to ban hard rock and heavy metal bands from performing at the park in the future.[48]

Defamation lawsuit[edit]

On June 10, 2015, it was reported that Radke had been publicly accused of sexual assault by 25-year-old Katelynd "Kacee" Boswell, of Salt Lake City, Utah. Boswell alleged that Radke (with his bus driver present) had sexually assaulted her after Falling in Reverse's performance at Murray Theater on June 3, 2015. Though it was determined that Radke had contact with Boswell, police found no evidence that Radke or his entourage had assaulted Boswell as she'd claimed they did and an eyewitness reported that she was visibly intoxicated upon exiting Radke's vehicle.[49] Radke subsequently brought suit against Boswell for defamation in Los Angeles courts.[50][51]


With Falling in Reverse[edit]

Year Album Label
2011 The Drug in Me Is You Epitaph Records
2013 Fashionably Late
2015 Just Like You
2017 Coming Home

With Escape the Fate[edit]

Year Album Label
2005 Escape the Fate EP Self-released
2006 There's No Sympathy for the Dead Epitaph Records
Dying Is Your Latest Fashion
2007 Situations EP

Solo career[edit]


Year Details
2013 Watch Me


Year Song Album
2013 "Fair-Weather Fans" Non-album single
"What Up Earth?"
"I Wash Cars" (featuring b.LaY)
"Blacklist" (featuring b.LaY)
2014 "Destiny" Watch Me
"Stupid Boy"
"Never the Same"
"Already Dead"
"Asshole" (featuring Andy Biersack)
"Who Can Stop Us?" (featuring Deuce and b.LaY)
2014 "Armor" (featuring Tyler Carter and Sy Ari Da Kid)
2015 "Brother" (featuring Danny Worsnop)


Year Song Contribution Artist Album
2012 "Nobody Likes Me" Vocals Deuce Nine Lives
2013 "Thank You"[52] A Smile from the Trenches TBA
"The Life You've Chosen" Production/vocals Survive This! The Life You've Chosen
"Wrong Direction (Hey You)"
"Where I Belong"[53]
"For You" Songwriter Get Scared Everyone's Out to Get Me
2014 "Days Go By"[54] Vocals b.LaY Initiation II
2015 "Getting Over You"[55] Metro Station Savior


Year Nominated work Award Result Ref
2011 Ronnie Radke Revolver Magazine's 100 Greatest Living Rock Stars Won [56][57]
2012 Kerrang's 50 Greatest Rock Stars in the World Today Won
Kerrang! Awards Hero of the Year Nominated [58]
Alternative Press's Vocalist of the Year Nominated [59]
2015 "Getting Over You" with Metro Station Best Collaboration — Kerrang! Music Awards Won


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