Born on the rural eastern plains of Colorado, Blake grew up fostering a natural desire to get to the heart of things, and an incurable love of telling stories. Using his own experience, he aims below the surface at issues we all face -- matters of love, loss, friendship, hope, and despair -- with brazen, unvarnished honesty that continues to inspire readers and listeners. His love of language comes across in his journeying sense of lyric, delivered upon melodies that seem more akin to conversation than to song.
One of the biggest testaments to Blake's candid way of telling his story is his upcoming album, "Eventide", and his online memoir, "Little Mountain".
"Back when we were trying to decide which songs to include on the record," Blake comments about the process, "we ended up going through my entire catalogue in search of songs we hoped would connect with people. The ones we chose, probably not so coincidentally, also happened to be some the most personal songs I've ever written."
In his single, "Provider," Blake expresses a hope that runs deeper than circumstance:
"A piece of fruit is all it takes to kill a man
A cross of wood is bound to do the same
Well, I've suffered through them both
And rose up with my savior
I know now that you give me all I need"
Blake explores this theme even further in his online memoir -- a deeply honest telling of his story through the lens of his recent separation from his wife. What does it mean to be a Christian and face divorce? Or struggle with depression? How does holding tight to secrets really affect those closest to you? These are the types questions Blake tackles in the telling of his own experience.
With both Eventide and Little Mountain, in his music and his prose, Blake is pointing to the unexplored regions of the map and urging his listeners to lean in; he is showing them along the folds of nightfall and urging them onward to the first dawn-rays.