When Jack White formed The White Stripes with his big sister Meg in 1997 no one could have predicted the journey they would take. A love of early delta blues inspired him to take a minimalist approach to the music, one which included a simple drumming style by Meg as well as a red, white and black color scheme for everything from their stage clothing to their record sleeves. As lead singer, guitarist and songwriter, Jack has steered the duo to international success. The White Stripes have released 6 critically acclaimed albums and picked up 5 Grammy Awards, including 3 for Best Alternative Album: Elephant (2004), Get Behind Me Satan (2006) & Icky Thump (2008). To date they have also won 4 MTV Video Music Awards and 2 Brit Awards. Their international hit singles include Fell In Love with A Girl (2001), Seven Nation Army (2003), and Icky Thump (2007). The band are hugely popular all over the world and 2007 saw
them perform at arenas across the US and Europe, including a stop at New York City's famed Madison Square Garden.
In 2005 White formed a second band, The Raconteurs, with Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler. Described as a new band of old friends, The Raconteurs first single, Steady, As She Goes was an immediate success and their debut album Broken Boy Soldiers went on to debut at #7 in the Billboard Album Charts. The band toured the world and wound up their 2006 touring schedule playing dates across the US with Bob Dylan. White and Dylan's mutual appreciation has resulted in several guest performances together. Broken Boy Soldiers was nominated for 2 Grammy Awards. The Raconteurs' sophomore album Consolers Of The Lonely (2008) also debuted at #7 and spawned the hit single Salute Your Solution. White has managed to work with both of his bands simultaneously since 2005, currently working with each on an annual rotation.
While renowned around the globe as a rock performer and songwriter, White is also an award winning record producer. He has produced all of The White Stripes and Raconteurs recordings to date (the latter with Brendan Benson) and, in 2004, helmed Loretta Lynn's Van Lear Rose album. As well as producing the album White put together Lynn's band for the recording (which included the rhythm section of The Raconteurs) and appeared himself on guitar and vocals, including the duet Portland, Oregon which won the 2005 Grammy for Best Country Collaboration With Vocals. Van Lear Rose was awarded the Grammy for Best Country Album.
White has appeared in a handful of movie roles, including the Academy Award winning 2003 film Cold Mountain. Director Anthony Minghella cast White as Georgia Thewes on the advice of musical director T Bone Burnett. White's role was a musical one and he performed several of the movie's Appalachian songs. In the same year both members of The White Stripes appeared in director Jim Jarmusch's Coffee & Cigarettes. Jack and Meg White played themselves in the vignette titled Jack Shows Meg His Testla Coil. In 2006 the duo appeared on screen again in an episode of The Simpsons titled Jazzy And The Pussycats. In 2007 White made a cameo as Elvis Presley in the Judd Apatow produced comedy Walk Hard and in 2008 he performed on stage in New York City with The Rolling Stones for a scene in Martin Scorceses' documentary Shine A Light. White joins Jimmy Page and The Edge in Davis Guggenheim's electric guitar documentary It Might Get Loud, due for release later this year.
Jack White runs Third Man Records, which releases both The White Stripes and The Raconteurs around the globe.
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Jack White Facts
|Band||The White Stripes|
|Birthday||July 9, 1975 (45)|
|Birthplace||Detroit, Michigan, USA|