In early 2018, Blake began working on solo music that tied back to his roots of 70's and 80's rock & roll! Soon after, he released his debut single, THE BALLAD OF BLAZE BARRETT. It was met with a great online reception, with thousands of streams in the songs opening week. Shortly after, he released his follow-up single, LOVAN, was an even bigger accomplishment, receiving over 10,000 streams in it's opening week!
Blake suffers from anxiety and depression, and these 2 songs provided an outlet for him to express himself, as well as raising the issues of mental health to the audience he has built. When talking about 'Lovan', Blake stated "...this song contains the most important lyrics that I have ever written, as I dove into a deep part of myself that I wanted to pretend didn't exist. This is who I am as a human being, and it's not always happy."