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“American Idol” 2023 golden ticket recipient from Season 21, Nate Peck, has officially joined FIREHOUSE as the band’s new singer

Peck is stepping into the position left vacant by late FIREHOUSE frontman CJ Snare, who passed away on April 5 at the age of 64 following a battle with cancer.

Peck absolutely “wowed” judges on American Idol, with Luke BryanKaty Perry and Lionel Richie all praising the singer’s abilities. Richie said of the vocalist’s performance: “That was brilliant… The best rock singer EVER that we’ve had. You’ve got it!” Perry said: “Actually, he’s SO good!” The massive amount of praise from all three judges got him unanimous consent to move onto the next level of the competition. Peck however decided to leave the show to pursue his career in music on his own terms: playing gigs within Nashville’s live music scene and guest singing with such notable acts as JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE.

Peck first met FIREHOUSE guitarist Bill Leverty through JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE guitarist Robbie LochnerLeverty says: “When I first heard Nate‘s vocal range, tone and control, I immediately knew that he’d be the perfect fit, filling in for CJ who was recovering from surgery. I advocated hard to get Nate out to play at New England Rockfest in October of 2023. He learned our songs very quickly and absolutely crushed it at the show. I then sent some video to CJ, and he agreed, saying, ‘THAT’S the guy’!”

CJ and Nate immediately hit it off says Peck: “CJ and I would talk regularly, a few times a week. He would give me vocal coaching, advice on touring and life in general. He was definitely a great mentor for me.”

Peck has been filling the vocalist position within FIREHOUSE since October of 2023.

“I am honored to be working with these guys and singing these great songs,” Nate said.

CJ Snare was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in 2020 and took a hiatus from the band in 2023 to undergo abdominal surgery. However, his daughter is reported to have stated the official cause of death was cardiac arrest.

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CJ had actually planned to join FIREHOUSE on the road for their 2024 summer tour.

In a statement on FIREHOUSE‘s social media, the band said he died “unexpectedly” despite his long illness.

They shared their “great sorrow” at losing their “brother… the rock and roll warrior.

“We are all in complete shock with CJ‘s untimely passing,” they wrote.

CJ was was arguably one of the best vocal talents of a generation, touring the world with FIREHOUSE non stop the past 34 years.

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the entire Snare family, Katherine Little, friends, and all our beloved fans all over the world.”

It’s been a while since FIREHOUSE released a brand new studio album of fresh material. Their most recent album, “Full Circle“, came out in 2011, but it featured re-recordings of their classic songs. We have to go back to 2003 for their last collection of all-new songs, titled “Prime Time.”

Of course, FIREHOUSE soared to fame in the early 90s with hits like “Reach For The Sky“, “Don’t Treat Me Bad“, and “All She Wrote“. They also brought us unforgettable power ballads like “I Live My Life For You“, “Love Of A Lifetime“, and “When I Look Into Your Eyes“.

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