NewsMay 1, 2023 11:18 PM ET59,108 views

Jordan Blake, original frontman of A Skylit Drive, has died

Jordan Blake

Jordan Blake, original frontman of the post-hardcore band A Skylit Drive, has passed away. The news was confirmed by the band via social media. The cause of Jordan's death has not been disclosed. The family has requested privacy during this time. 

Jordan Blake was well known as among the early pioneers of the high-pitched clean vocals blended with screaming that became popular in the post-hardcore music scene. 

Blake exited the band during a tour back in November of 2007 due to health-related complications, which left him unable to continue touring. The band briefly employed a replacement in the form of Jonny Craig, of Dance Gavin Dance, who also participated in recording a demo version of "Knights of the Round". Craig was later replaced by Craig Mabbitt, previously of blessthefall, before the final addition of Michael "Jag" Jagmin to complete the lineup. Jordan Blake would later go on to form Speak of the Devil in 2013.

On January 23, 2022, the band's original 2006 lineup announced that they were reuniting in celebration of the 15th anniversary of their debut EP She Watched the Sky. The reformed group booked festival appearances at So What?! and Swanfest 2022.

As well as being recognized as the lead vocalist of A Skylit Drive, the frontman contributed his talents to several other groups, namely Ann Arbor, Trances, Watchout! There's Ghosts, and the aforementioned Speak of the Devil. Born on June 20, 1986, in Lodi, California, he grew up with a brother and sister.

The band has shared the following:

"We are overwhelmed with grief to inform you of the loss of Jordan early this morning. Jordan was a trail blazer in the emo/post hardcore music scene with undeniable passion who loved his fans like family. When he had a story to tell, you could read it in his lyrics, hear it in his voice, see it his movements and feel it in your depths. We will forever reflect fondly on the memories and music we shared. We love you Jordan, we'll see you down the road brother. "Always in our Hearts".

We want to respect Jordan's family's wishes for privacy and space to grieve so we will not be commenting until further notice. Thank you all for reaching out and for your kind words. His legacy will live on through all of you."

Jonny Craig of Dance Gavin Dance also expressed his condolences on his Instagram story:

"This one cuts deep for me. I wanted to help but sometimes our words just aren't enough. Hope you found peace man just sucks you left so many of us hurting: love you man. @jordanblakesees RIP"

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