Tony Cummings reports on new solo project from Skillet's drummer and singer LEDGER
Singer and drummer with the multi-platinum band Skillet, Jen Ledger, has announced a new solo project. A self-titled EP, released under the name Ledger, will be released on 13th April through Atlantic Records on Hear It Loud - the new label run by Skillet's John and Korey Cooper. As Pete Ganbarg, president of A&R, Atlantic Records, told trade magazine Billboard, "From when I started working with Skillet 10 years ago, I was immediately impressed with how vibrant and talented Jen Ledger is. Her voice is so unique - and has become such an identifiable part of Skillet's sound that we've waited for most of the past decade for the moment when she would finally be ready to release her own music. What she's been working on with John and Korey Cooper, as well as with Seth Mosley and others, shows that the wait has definitely been worth it."
For the EP, Ledger has been working with songwriters John and Korey Cooper, Mia Fieldes, Riley Friesen as well as Grammy Award winning songwriter and producer Seth Mosley who, together with Korey Cooper, produced the six-song project.
Said Ledger, "It's so surreal. The writing and recording process with Korey Cooper, John Cooper, Seth Mosley and many others has been so much fun and I've loved every second of it! Learning, growing and creating with these ridiculously talented people has been one of the most rewarding seasons of my life. We've created something fresh that feels unique to me. I can't wait to share these songs with everyone; it feels like I'm getting to share a new side of myself!"
In addition to her role as drummer and vocalist with Skillet, on the American tour joy.UNLEASHED Ledger, along with a full band, will be opening the tour with original songs. The tour will stop in over a dozen markets from mid-April through early May, visiting San Antonio, Orlando, Miami and other cities. Jen continued, "It's going to be crazy to step out from behind the drums and do my own show without the rest of Skillet around me, but it's a challenge I'm excited about. I'm so thankful to Atlantic and the Hear It Loud crew for fully supporting me and helping me launch this new chapter!"
Said Skillet's frontman John Cooper, "Skillet fans are going to flip when they hear Ledger. This is what they've been asking for for a long time. Jen has come into her own as a singer, songwriter and as a front person. We took our time making sure we were releasing the best project we could. The time has finally come and we cannot wait for fans to hear it!"The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a later date.