Jen Ledger is a 23-year-old from Coventry who’s made it big with ker-jillion selling Christian rock band Skillet, Stateside.
In this month’s Rhythm, Jen tells us how she copped her big break, being the reluctant soloist and how her playing has evolved since she was a finalist in Young Drummer Of The Year in 2006.
“My first show ever was an arena tour called WinterJam 2008 and I had just turned 18,” she reveals. “I was playing in front of 8,000 people and scared to death but I was praying, ‘God, let me do okay.’ I used to be really frightened of playing drums but since Young Drummer Of The Year I’ve learned that you have to be true to yourself and the way that you love to play. Don’t try to conform to things you know will impress other people. I’m a really passionate person and I feel the music and I’ll give everything I’ve got on stage. All my emotion and all my heart go into my playing. It felt like a long journey of learning confidence in being true to how you want to play and how you feel the music rather than feeling pressure from boys who think you should play a certain way.”
On soloing every night with Skillet, Jen revealed: “It made me so embarrassed having everyone look at me. He [John Cooper, Skillet frontman] even got me a spinning drum riser just to have even more showmanship. We had a couple of fights about it. He’s like, ‘Why are you fighting me, I’m just trying to make you look cool!’ I’m like, ‘But I’m scared!’ But the fans really do love it. I like making people cheer and making people smile. I always map it out… some of it is kind of cheesy but even if I think, ‘The drummer’s drummer won’t think this is cool,’ everyone else does.”
FInd more of this interview in the March issue of Rhythm, on sale now. Here’s Jen in action, soloing with Skillet.