Blake Anthony Ellege started performing at a very early age. When he was 2 years old, during a church service one Sunday, he looked at his mother and said: "Mommy, I want to sing." She stood him up on the piano bench, and to her amazement, he sang all three verses and choruses of a hymn. It was then that she knew that he was destined for greatness.
At the age of 4, Blake began traveling all over the world and singing in the Southern Gospel trio: "Chosen" with his parents. Just a few years later, Blake was signed to a gospel music record label and released his first album at the age of 6. Blake started competing in the North Carolina Gospel Singing Championship, in the youth division and placed 1st in the category for 5 consecutive years until he turned 11. It was at that time that his age prevented him from competing in the youth category anymore. His winning record is one that still stands to this very day.
As years passed, his horizons were broadened to many more different styles of music. He began to work with numerous bands of contrasting styles and genres from all over the north and southeast. He also began delving into character work and celebrity musician impersonations; as an Elvis Tribute Artist (ETA) and as a "Jake Blues" Tribute Artist in a Blues Brothers Tribute show. Due to his vocal prowess and character work as an Elvis Tribute Artist, Blake was given the honor to headline at B.B. King's Blues Club in Memphis, Tennessee for 5 years, performing at Graceland (the home of Elvis Presley) and was featured in LIFE Magazine in 2007 on the 30th Anniversary of Elvis's death.
In addition to his extensive time spent performing in the United States, Blake has performed in countries all over the world including performances in Italy, France, Russia, The Czech Republic, The Bahamas, Mexico and the U.S. Virgin Islands with various chorales, chamber groups and bands. He has performed at sea for Carnival, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean Cruise lines as well. Blake has also performed for television programming in 12 different countries and has performed on countless International radio broadcasts based out of the United States.
In 2014, Blake graduated from Brevard College with a BA in Music with an emphasis in Classical Vocal Music Performance. He was presented with numerous awards during his course of study there including being named "Most Outstanding Music Performer", being awarded the Asheville Lyric Opera Guild Scholarship and receiving an award nomination from The Kennedy Center for: "Best Sound Design in a Collegiate Theater Production" in 2013.
In June of 2014, Blake competed in Boston M.S. at the NATS (National Association of Teachers in Singing) Competition where he was ranked as one of the Top 4 Lyrical Tenors in the United States for Classical Voice and as one of the Top 14 Tenors in the United States for Musical Theater, in his respective categories.
In the past 7 years, Blake has recorded and released 12 albums under the Big Mama Record Label based in Knoxville, Tennessee. He has established The Blake Ellege Endowed Vocal Scholarship at Brevard College in which ALL PROCEEDS from the sales of his albums are donated to the scholarship. These albums can be purchased on this website on the "MUSIC" page.
Blake currently travels full time performing for numerous opera companies, symphonies, churches, chamber ensembles and chorales all over the north and southeast. Blake is the Front Man and Lead Singer for 7 different bands in the U.S. as well, including: The Business, The Blake Ellege Band, The Mojo Brothers Blues Band, Blake Ellege and The Country Resonators, Faded Jade - A Top 40's Show Band, The Stardusters and The Karolina Katz.
Blake is also a member of Opera America, a Voting Member of The International Blues Foundation (IBF), a Voting Member of the Artists Music Guild (AMG), a Voting Member of The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS/GRAMMYS), a Voting Lifetime Member of the Southern Gospel Music Association (SGMA) and Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame, a Voting Member of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), a Voting Member of the Country Music Association (CMA), a Voting Member of The Independent Music Awards (IMA), an Associate Member of the Pan-American Vocology Association (PAVA), an Auxiliary Member of the Disabled Army Veterans (DAV) and an Auxiliary Member of Rolling Thunder Inc.
Blake most recently had the opportunity to audition for the Celebrity Judges on Season 18 of American Idol!
Blake can be seen here; singing in his audition for the judges, meeting Ryan Seacrest, hugging Katy Perry and receiving his Golden Ticket!
He is grateful for the opportunity to be one of the select few to receive a Golden Ticket on American Idol!