Blake & Jenna Bolerjack
As husband and wife, Blake & Jenna communicate their faith through music with gentleness and a testimony of love and commitment with their marriage; a chemistry easily seen as they sing and serve together. Singing music that spans the generations, mixing classic and modern styles, Blake’s soaring vocals and Jenna’s sweet harmonies are sure to inspire and encourage. Blake & Jenna also talk about her recent cancer diagnosis and the faithfulness of God they’ve seen through this trial.
Jenna’s Cancer Journey
We have been given the privilege of walking through a crisis this past year. In December 2015 Jenna was diagnosed with stage 2 Breast Cancer. She quickly was ushered into treatment for this particularly aggressive cancer. She endured 8 chemo treatments followed by major surgery in May 2016. By God’s grace the treatments were very effective and her prognosis is full recovery. Not to be stopped, my bull-headed wife continued traveling with me and singing throughout her treatment. She even recorded our first full length duet CD project with me in the short weeks between her last chemo treatment and surgery. This CD, “He Knows. He Cares.” is what we sing together in our concerts, declaring what the Lord has done and how we’ve gotten to experience firsthand his faithfulness, provision, and joy through this life threatening storm. Jenna has gotten to proclaim the goodness of God in her doctors’ appointments, interactions with other patients, and sharing about how she does not have to “fear bad news” because she knows who holds her in his capable hands. We take the time, wherever we go, to give thanks that whatever the prognosis, whatever the situation, in Jesus we have a win-win situation. Jenna sings her heart out on a song called “All Is Well” and shares her testimony.
A Word from Blake & Jenna
Before we step foot in your church, we have prayed for you and your congregation. We pray that each in attendance would be melted by God’s love and assured of their priceless worth in His eyes. We pray that God uses the tools and talents he has given us to create not only a time of enjoyment but mostly a time of challenge that would be impossible to ignore. And we pray that after we leave, everyone who was there is left heartened and refueled to carry out God’s will for their lives and their ministry in your church. We pray that their affections are stirred for Jesus.
My passion for sharing God’s message of love through music stems from my own past experiences when after attending Christian concerts I felt spurred on and filled up with love for the Lord. Music and lyrics are the tools the Lord used to comfort and restore me after a dark road of depression I traveled. From my own experience, I know music can be a tool to capture people when they may have turned off their hearts to the Lord’s nudgings. I feel concerts and special music times can especially reach people that might not be receptive to a traditional service format. My wife and I love you and your church and would be honored to serve you with a special time of music, and that when we leave, you love Jesus one step more than before we came.
Many people may ask the question, “Why should my church host a concert or special music time?” My conviction and passion for sharing concerts (an extended time of music, singing, and testimony), stems from my past experiences attending concerts. I’ve always been very personally encouraged by concerts growing up and even today, and have been refreshed and “spurred on” to do the good work we’ve been called to do after going to a concert. Concerts offer a time of encouragement of believers; a time to kick back, have fun, and open our hearts unguardedly to what the Lord will tell us. Sometimes the music can speak a word into our lives that we hadn’t recognized before, sometimes the music can melt a cold heart and make it receptive to the Lord’s prodding, and sometimes the music is something we can just praise God for creating – that He was so creative and artistic with everything He made and gave us to enjoy! I feel concerts can be an alternative option from a traditional service time to speak Truth into people that might not have been as receptive in other circumstances. Concerts are encouraging and healing to the soul. Music formats that Blake we offer include: Full or mini concerts, banquets, guest artist specials, and Christmas and holiday concerts. Choir music is also available for regular programs and for Christmas.
Noteworthy and Bio Information
Blake has been in full time solo concert ministry for over a decade and has recorded 7 CDs. Recently, his wife, Jenna, has joined him on stage and they currently sing as a modern gospel style vocal duo, earning them the nickname: “The Sweethearts of Gospel Music”. Their ministry has led them all across the US, Canada and overseas for multiple trips to Germany sharing and spreading the message of God’s love through song and testimony.
The Lord started tugging on Blake’s heart early in his life to go into concert ministry. The first group Blake toured with was the summer before his senior year in High School with The Continental Singers, an experience he says taught him the value of concert ministry and how God can use our testimonies to encourage others. Blake attributes most of his musical training to West Texas AMU and Liberty University, and his communication and performance skills to the education he gained from the theater department at Oklahoma Baptist University where he earned his Bachelors Degree in Theater Arts. Blake & Jenna have shared the stage with several beloved artists such as The Booth Brothers, The Hoppers, The Martins, VERITAS, Jim Brady Trio, Greater Vision, Luke Garrett, the Mark Trammell Quartet, Tribute Quartet, Master’s Voice, Soul’d Out Quartet and many others. Blake has sung for showcases at the National Quartet Convention, has recorded televised performances for TBN and VTN networks, and is also a studio singer for “Christian World” tracks. Blake gained national recognition for the presence of his solo single “Somebody Cares” on top radio charts including Singing News magazine and Blake & Jenna have since topped radio charts with his original song “Bring On the Storm”. Blake also had the honor to record the original “Prayer Force One”theme song and perform it at the Oklahoma State Capitol in April 2007. The song has since been played at every State Capitol in the US.
A life of travel has never been foreign to Blake. Even though Blake spent the majority of his childhood in Perryton, Texas (which he calls ‘home’), Blake lived in 13 different houses and 4 different states while growing up. “I would not change anything,” Blake says, “I have great memories.” Each place has its own special meaning for Blake: Shepherd, MI is where Blake gave his heart to the Lord and asked Jesus to save him; Mount Pleasant, MI was the time of family bike rides to Big Boy (a favorite restaurant of the family’s) and “great family picnics.” Colorado Springs, CO is where the Lord “rescued me from a pit of despair and where my life was changed forever—where I finally started to understand God’s love for me and experience victory over the most powerful stronghold on my life: depression.” And finally, Blake attributes Perryton, Texas as the place where he became more grounded in his faith and found a church that really took him in and discipled him. Blake is passionate about singing and also has interests in songwriting, video editing, woodworking, painting, and studying soteriology.
Jenna grew up in Carrollton, TX where she pursued many interests, including theater, band, and choir. Jenna loves animals and books and especially enjoys sipping a good cup of coffee in front of a beautiful sunrise. Unlike Blake, Jenna never moved at all until going off to college at Oklahoma Baptist University. She continued to pursue her love of fine arts there by participating in choir and performing in the theater. Jenna earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English, which Jenna says enabled her to be a certified bookworm. She especially loves reading historical fiction, classic literature and the Bible; the books of Psalms, Romans, and John are among her favorites. God got a hold of Jenna at a very young age when she gave her heart to Jesus and the story of faithfulness He has woven through Jenna’s life is one she adamantly says has continued through every step of her cancer journey. Jenna admits the journey was and still is hard but she is thankful for the constant reminder of her need for Jesus. “Just one day, one day at a time” she muses, “that approach helped me so much for my cancer journey and is a mindset I think is helpful for everyone.” Jenna has always liked to sing but never imagined she’d be singing with her husband. She reflects, “When we got married and started traveling, I’d run Blake’s sound equipment while he sang and I’d maybe join him for a song or two during the concerts. I was content with that! Never did I imagine God would invite me to the platform full-time to get to share in that form of ministry and artistry.”
Blake & Jenna currently make their home in Oklahoma City, OK where they like to try hole-in-the-wall restaurants, compare the best coffee and tea spots, and spend time with family and friends.