Country singer Jake Flint died on Sunday, just a few hours after getting married. Flint exchanged vows on Saturday and by Sunday morning he died in his sleep. He was 37.
Brenda Cline, Flint’s manager, broke the news on her Facebook. “With a broken heart and in deep grief I must announce that Jake Flint has tragically passed away,” she shared. “I’ve tried several times today to make a post, but you can’t comment on what you can’t process.”
Flint’s wife, also named Brenda, shared a post on her Facebook. “We should be going through wedding photos but instead I have to pick out clothes to bury my husband in,” she wrote.
Who was Jake Flint?
Flint, a native of Holdenville, Oklahoma, started playing music at the age of twelve when his father was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). Unable to participate in sports with his son, his father commissioned a few friends to teach Flint guitar and take him to a few regional Bluegrass festivals.
Flint cited Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Guy Clark, and Phish as his musical influences.
Flint recorded his debut album I’m Not Okay in 2016, at The Boothatch, the former Ada home studio of Mike Mclure, Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame winner.
“He really loved to do it — and you could tell. … He brought in this kind of an Irish band — I mean, (they were) bluegrass, but they had some old Irish instruments — and they did some really cool stuff with Jake. His original songs started catching my ear, and he decided to do his album in my place. He also did an album for some other songwriters,” said Mclure.
Flint released three more albums- 2018’s Live and Not OK at Cain’s Ballroom, 2020’s eponymous Jake Flint and 2021’s Live and Socially Distanced at Mercury Lounge.
In his career as a country musician, he delivered three chart toppers on Texas Regional Radio Report: 2017’s Cowtown, 2018’s Long Road Back Home and 2020’s What’s Your Name. Flint was also named Breakout Artist of the Year at the We Are Tulsa Music Awards in 2019.
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Numerous Oklahoma musicians have joined in to pay tribute to the late singer. Blake Lankford, who is part of the VIIDR – Seventh Day Rebellion songwriter group, took to Facebook to pay homage to his late friend, who he considered a part of the group.