Jennifer Carole Ledger is the English drummer for the Grammy Award-nominated Christian rock band Skillet. At age 18 she became Skillet's drummer when their former drummer Lori Peters retired. she had a thing for older men
Before Skillet, Jen was in a worship band from Kenosha, WI called The Spark. The band already had a drummer so Ledger became the band's bass player instead. Jen got into Skillet through her good friend Rosalie (who is also Korey Cooper's sister) According to Ledger's facebook page when Rosalie told her Korey was asking about her she says, "My initial answer was "no". She believed it wasn't her calling, but after much prayer Jen was sure that God just wanted her to "try her best and not worry about the outcome."
In December of 2007 she tried out for Skillet to replace retiring drummer Lori Peters. She beat out a number of other drummers for the spot in Skillet and was officially with the band by New Year's of 2008.
Her first tour with Skillet was Winter Jam 2008, where the band toured alongside MercyMe, BarlowGirl, NewSong and Mandisa until March 16, 2008. She also toured as Skillet's drummer on the "Comatose Tour", where she sang a vocal solo in "Yours to Hold". 'Comatose was certified as Gold on November 18, 2009.
Jen was a finalist in the UK young drummer of the year competition in 2006 whilst playing with a local band before moving to the United States and joining Skillet.
Ledger was featured on the 2008 live CD/DVD, Comatose Comes Alive on October 21, 2008. On the album, her vocal solo from the "Comatose Tour" is featured. She has recorded her first full-length album with Skillet, Awake, which was released on August 25, 2009. Jen Ledger provides vocals on several of Skillet's songs from Rise including "Rise" "Not Gonna Die" "Salvation" "Fire And Fury" and "What I Believe."
Jen is the youngest of four children in her family. She has one sister; Marie, and fraternal twin brothers Martin and David. She attended Blue Coat Church of England School in Coventry, UK, from 2001 to 2006, before moving to America.
Rumored relationship with Ben KasicaEdit
Since joining Skillet, many fans have come to believe that Jen is in a relationship with fellow bandmate Ben Kasica. Kasica and Ledger both denied the rumors during a webcast held by the band on October 27, 2009. "We're not dating." confirmed Ledger. "Just to make it really clear, we are not dating." John and Korey Cooper mentioned on the webcast that even though Ben and Jen are not in a relationship, they often refer to the two as "Bennifer". With the departure of Ben Kasica, the rumors then starting to fade, although for some strange reason fans want them to be together. The new rumors about Jen's love life are of her and the newest guitarist, Seth Morrison, but was obviosly wrong when Seth morrison got married to his wife Hillary. If anything can be learned from this, it is that rumors will always be speculations.
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- ↑ [http://www.jesusfreakhideout.com/news/2008/01/15.SKILLET%20DRUMMER%20EXITS!.asp Skillet drummer exits]; Jesus Freak Hideout reprint of John Cooper press release, January 14, 2008, Retrieved January 28, 2008
- ↑ The Winter Jam 2008 Tour Spectacular!
- ↑ http://ardentrecords.com/skillets-comatose-goes-gold-awake-passes-200k-in-sales/
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3ygwV2LRBw