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Atlantic Records/Hear It Loud announce signing of Skillet's Jen Ledger to solo endeavor


Fri, Mar 16th 2018 08:40 pm
Debut EP, 'LEDGER,' set to release April 13; Ledger to open 'joy.UNLEASHED | The Tour' this spring alongside Skillet and for KING & COUNTRY
Jen Ledger, drummer and vocalist of multi-Platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated rock band Skillet, is signing with Atlantic Records and Hear It Loud, the imprint encompassing the creative team of Skillet's John and Korey Cooper and longtime manager Zachary Kelm.
"From when I started working with Skillet 10 years ago, I was immediately impressed with how vibrant and talented Jen Ledger is," Pete Ganbarg, president, A&R, Atlantic Records, shared with Billboard.
Her self-titled debut EP, "LEDGER," is set to release April 13. Beloved by fans with an engaged social media following, Ledger's unique vocals and powerful stage presence have given her a distinct role in Skillet since joining the band when she was just 18. The U.K. native has been working ardently on her songwriting in preparation for her solo launch, collaborating with Skillet's Coopers, Mia Fieldes, Riley Friesen as well as Grammy- winning songwriter and producer Seth Mosley who, together with Korey Cooper, produced the six-song project. 
"It's so surreal that I will be releasing my first EP in just a few weeks!" Ledger said. "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 "joy.UNLEASHED | The Tour," Ledger, along with a full band, will open the tour with new, original songs. The tour will stop in over a dozen markets from mid-April through early May, visiting San Antonio, Cedar Rapids, Huntsville, Orlando, Miami and more.
"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," Ledger said. "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!"
"Skillet fans are going to flip when they hear 'LEDGER.' This is what they've been asking for for a long time," Skillet frontman John Cooper said. "Jen has come into her own as a singer, songwriter, and as a frontperson. 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!"
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