Ronald Joseph Radke is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, musician, and record producer. Radke found success as vocalist and co-founder for the post-hardcore band, Escape the Fate, in his early twenties but his career stalled when he was served a 2 1⁄2-year prison sentence due to a probation violation. After his release, Radke subsequently became the lead singer of a new band, Falling in Reverse. As a solo musician, Radke released a rap mixtape, Watch Me, in 2014, which included collaborations with Deuce, b.LaY, Tyler Carter, Sy Ari Da Kid, Jacoby Shaddix, Danny Worsnop, Andy Biersack, and Craig Mabbitt.
Ronald Joseph Radke was born on December 15, 1983, in St. Rose Hospital, in Las Vegas, Nevada, one of three children born to Russell Radke, the others being his brothers, Anthony James Radke (1980-2013) and Matthew Radke. Radke’s mother abused drugs and was absent from his childhood, which he said caused him to have a general lack of respect towards women as an adult although he later forgave her when he posted a picture of her on Instagram after a Falling in Reverse show in 2014. Radke is part Blackfoot Indian and Portuguese
Radke learned to play piano and guitar in his first bands. He began by playing Blink-182 songs on guitar. The first song he could play was “Dammit”. He formed several bands while in high school. Radke ran away from home to play in his first band, with his friend Mitch, called 3.0. which according to Radke “sounded exactly like Blink 182”. He lived with Mitch and his mother for a time. They played a few shows at various venues such as Chain Reaction and the Huntridge in Las Vegas. After the band, Radke moved back in with his dad, re-entered school, and dropped out again. He stated in an Alternative Press interview, “I just couldn’t for some reason pay attention; I just daydreamed about everything else but what I’m supposed to be doing.” Radke stated that the second band that he was in was called Lefty. Radke met Max Green (from the band Almost Heroes) at a talent show. Radke’s microphone fell and Max picked it up for him while they were on stage and they became friends, forming the band True Story, which recorded a demo containing the track “This Is Not the End”. Radke started screaming in the band after being inspired by Thrice, then started to sing, slowly forming Escape the Fate.
“Listen Up!” was written by Radke in 1998 as well as “Besides the Issues” and “The Worst Time”. In 2001, Radke, with his friend, producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette, recorded the songs “Listen Up!”, “The Worst Time” and “The Departure”. Both recorded instruments together and also composed the themes for “As You’re Falling Down”, “Make Up” and “Not Good Enough for Truth in Cliche”, recorded in 2005, along with Escape the Fate.
With Escape the Fate
- Escape the Fate (Demo, 2005)
- There’s No Sympathy For The Dead (EP, 2006)
- Dying Is Your Latest Fashion (Studio album, 2006)
- Situations (EP, 2007)
With Falling in Reverse
- The Drug In Me Is You (Studio album, 2011)
- Fashionably Late (Studio Album, 2013)
- Just Like You (Studio Album, 2015)
- Coming Home (Studio Album, 2017)
Radke has one daughter from his relationship with model Crissy Henderson. At one point, he became engaged to Henderson but their relationship ended in 2013, due to infidelity on his part.
Radke has openly denounced religion due to its treatment of LGBT people, saying he felt bitter and found hypocrisy in that Christianity was initially discriminatory against gay people but became accepting of them later on.
Radke’s older brother, Anthony, died as the result of a traffic collision in 2013. By Anthony, Radke has one niece, Sabrina, and four nephews, Troy, Nathan, Joshua, and Dylan.
Since late 2018, Radke has been in a relationship with Saraya Bevis, better known as former WWE wrestler Paige.