Passionate & powerful
– two words that describe Jared Blake and his music. He brings his deep vocals and emotional delivery to every performance, and he has the same passion for his fans that he has for his music.
He is known to the world as a father of six kids, and he sees it as a natural extension to take care of his fans as well. He doesn’t separate his life from his music; it is a blend of family, fans, and friends, whom he has nicknamed “frands.”
Jared Blake was raised on watermelons and rock ‘n roll. Growing up in the small town of Star City, Arkansas, he always had dreams of performing on the big stage. That didn’t stop him from taking his time growing up and learning everything he could about the music business, including songwriting and playing multiple instruments. He realizes that the music industry is forever changing, and he likes to change and grow with it.
He landed his first break with the industry giant Sony/ATV and Bob DiPiero’s Love Monkey Music, as a songwriter for the nation’s largest publishing group.
Jared would be the first one to tell you, “The second I think I know what’s going on, it all turns upside down again.” He also says that’s what keeps him writing, dreaming, working, and just being himself. That same willingness to keep going, even into the unknown, is what landed him on national television.
In 2011, Jared found himself on a new adventure, appearing on what turned out to be a #1 rated show on NBC, The Voice.
Landing on Blake Shelton’s team to guide him, he did what any regular ol’ country boy would do – he rocked it.
He was just as happy on stage alone with his acoustic guitar, with 14-million viewers watching him sing “Not Ready To Make Nice” by the Dixie Chicks, as he was performing the rock tune “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon, in a guitar-throwing, full-out passionate display. All of his performances have appeared in the charts worldwide more than 56 times and reaching as high as #16 on the iTunes charts. Jared was featured in magazines such as People and Rolling Stone, on television morning shows, and on radio stations syndicated across the nation.
His time on NBC’s The Voice garnered him lots of attention and many new fans. He began a national acoustic tour when the last week of the show was airing, promoting a single his fans picked called “Don’t Mind.” That tune won grassroots radio airplay in several areas, and gave Jared the ability to start touring with his band.
In June of 2012, Jared was offered a recording deal with Skiddco Music, with Grammy award-winning producer, Skidd Mills. In July of 2013, Jared signed a new publishing contract with Lucky Diamond Music. Also in 2013, country music artist Curtis Grimes cut “Home to Me,” a song co-written by Blake, Grimes, and Willmon, which hit #1 on the Texas Music Charts.
That same year, he released his first single to Music Row reporting stations, “Countryfied”, which reached #66 on the reported charts.
Following the like-named tour, he created his own mini-festivals at local campgrounds across the US, where Jared and his band bring free concerts to all ages in an effort called, Bringing Families Together that continues to this day.
Immediately after returning from that tour, he recorded his next release, “Stomp”. The single was heard by John Marks (Sirius XM The Highway) and set for exclusive release while Jared was still in the works of recording the video for the song. Jared claimed, “It was like the heavens opened up, and for some reason I was the one who was blessed that day. It was just an email, but it felt that good to know something you had so much fun and work into creating would get the mass attention of Sirius XM.” His continued mix of humor and gratitude was felt each week as his song continued to play on the station and eventually host their “On The Horizon” program.
Stomp also received exclusive attention from Zuus Country television for its video, and was later released to VEVO. The song gained support from radio stations everywhere, and climbed to no. 55 on the charts.
Jared Blake spent years being told he has “the voice,” and he has lent his unique sound to voice over work in the demo world for artists and to the weekly syndicated broadcast of CT40 with Bob Kingsley.
Jared Blake’s concentration to his fans and staying on the road remains his focus, show-after-show, and into the wee hours of the morning. His sound has been compared to Bob Segar and Travis Tritt mixed with a little Chris Daughtry.
There’s no doubt Jared has one of the most powerful voices to hit the country scene, and once heard, it’s never forgotten. Jared has played with artists like Lee Brice, Thompson Square, The Band Perry, John Rich, and Randy Houser. He has headlined or opened for events like The Lonestar Rally, Sturgis Bike Rally, Country USA, and many more.
“The joke with my road crew is that I’m like a 5-year old,” says Blake, “and I think that’s why we all keep going and laughing the whole way. There’s no one playing the ‘poor me’ card for all the hard work we do. We know everyone out there is working hard, and some guys are even fighting and dying so we can keep doing what we do, so for that alone, there’s no complaining. I couldn’t do any other job on the planet, so I owe my life to the music fans of the world!”
Jared’s debut EP Til Morning Light was released along with the music video for his single Stomp in October 2014. The video was picked up by VEVO and the single ran on NBC’s The Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda in November 2014.
Joining Jared’s team are managers Cory Gierman and Jennifer Blake (Jennifer Rachidi when she originally joined the team), the one who eventually became Jared’s wife. Gierman is known as one of the Godfathers of MuzikMafia, which was responsible for the birth and early feeding of country acts like Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson. Jennifer Blake moved to Nashville in 2009 after working in production for mega-seminars in arenas nationwide. She started her company, The M3 Agency, to focus on music and entertainment business development.