On November 26, the 37-year-old country singer Jake Flint passed away unexpectedly. The upcoming musician from Oklahoma passed away in his sleep on Saturday, hours after being married. It is not yet known what caused the death.
Brenda Cline, who served as Jake’s former manager, also confirmed the death and posted a photo of the late singer on Facebook. She wrote a heartfelt note for him, expressing her affection for him was more like a son.
“With a broken heart and in deep grief, I must announce that Jake Flint has tragically passed away. I’ve tried several times to make a post, but you can’t comment on what you can’t process. The photo below is when Jake and I excitedly signed our artist management contract. That was the beginning of a wonderful friendship and partnership,” she penned.
Brenda Cline called Jake “the funniest, most entertaining, hardest working, most committed, an artist I have ever worked with in my career,” adding that “ this is going to be incredibly difficult for so many. We love you Jake and in our hearts forever.”
Cline pleaded for prayers, for his wife Brenda Wilson, his mother, sister, and the rest of his family.
Jake’s longtime publicist, Clif Doyal, said that “He was not only a client, he was a super dear friend and just a super nice guy. As you can see from the outpouring on social media, he was loved by everybody.”
“He was a people person, and he had an amazing sense of humor. He made everybody laugh, and he made everybody feel welcome. He was an ambassador of Oklahoma Red Dirt music.” he added.
In January of this year, Jake revealed the news of his engagement to Brenda Wilson. He posted a photo of himself and his fiancee wearing engagement rings on Instagram.
Brenda Flint, his new bride, posted a video from their wedding on Facebook and wrote, “I don’t understand.”
On Tuesday, Brenda wrote a heartbreaking post on her post, “We should be going through wedding photos instead I have to pick out clothes to bury my husband in. people aren’t meant to feel this much pain. My heart is gone and I just really need him to come back. I can’t take much more. I need him here.”
On Saturday, Jake and Brenda exchanged wedding vows at a remote homestead between Claremore and Owasso near Tulsa.
The shock and grief were apparent in the Oklahoma music community Monday as the news of Jake’s sudden tragic death spread.
Jake Flint was born and raised in the oilfield boom town of Holdenville in SouthEastern Oklahoma in 1985 as the son of a wildcat oilman and a hardworking mother of two.
He was always the outcast country kid in the city after Jake moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma.
He was raised on John Denver, James Tylor, and Dire Straits along with other various Texas singers and songwriters such as Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, John Prine, and others because his father was a music lover.
After learning that his father had ALS, Jake was first introduced to music. Flint’s father asked his lifelong friends to teach his kid how to play the guitar because he was unable to have physical interaction with him. Jake started going to local bluegrass festivals, which gave him the idea to start writing his music.
Because of his shortcomings as fitting as a city kid, Jake tagged along with his older sister’s crowd and got a hefty dose of 90s grunge rock from Nirvana, Pearl, Jam, and Foo fighters. Additionally, he was exposed to Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Guster, David Grey, and any other music he heard emanating from his sister’s room.
Between 2016 and 2021, Jake put out four albums including, I’m Not Okay, Live and Not Ok at Cain’s Ballroom, Jake Flint and Live and Socially Distanced at Mercury Lounge. He performed live shows quite often in Texas and Oklahoma.
In the 2018 We Are Tulsa Music Awards, he was awarded as the breakout artist of the year.