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    Peter White

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    Genre:Jazz
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    Albums:11
    Songs:27

    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Play Your Guitar for Me lyrics
    2Everyday lyrics
    3I Can't Wait For Christmas lyrics
    4Life Story lyrics
    5Song for Robin lyrics
    6O Little Town Of Bethlehem lyrics
    7Reveillez-Vous lyrics
    8Danny Bianco lyrics
    9Crazy Feeling lyrics
    10Reason To Live lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Songs Of Season [2001]
    2Excusez-Moi [1992]
    3Trios [2009]
    4By Candlelight: Collection 2 [2000]
    5Glow [2001]
    6Peter White Christmas With Mindi Abair And Rick Braun [2009]
    7Reveillez-Vous [1990]
    8Confidential [2004]
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    Perfect Moment [2007]
    10Good Day [2009]

    Biography

    Over the years, Peter White has maintained a reputation as one of the most versatile and prolific acoustic guitarists on the contemporary jazz landscape. Armed with an unparalleled combination of lyricism and energy, he combines elements of jazz, pop and classical guitar to create a sound that is singular and at the same time accessible to a broad audience.

    Born in 1954 in Luton, a small town north of London, White and his family moved to nearby Letchworth shortly after he was born. As a child, he learned to play several musical instruments, including the clarinet, trombone, violin and piano. And of course, like so many youngsters growing up during the heyday of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, he gravitated to the guitar.

    He learned his first chords on an acoustic guitar, then bought his first electric guitar in his early teens and studied the recordings of the reigning guitar gods of the day – Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. But his musical aspirations ultimately veered back in an acoustic direction following an accident that doomed his beloved electric guitar. The axe was destroyed in a fire, one that White's younger brother Danny – an aspiring pianist – accidentally started.

    "The funny thing is that Danny didn't actually admit to setting that fire for at least twenty-five years," says White. "I had been kind of obsessed with the electric guitar at that point in my life, so that episode kind of forced me to go back to playing the acoustic. In retrospect, that's a good thing."

    Indeed, White's interests after the accident shifted more toward the music of acoustic artists like Crosby, Stills and Nash, James Taylor, and Joni Mitchell. Plugged or unplugged, he had decided by his late teens that music was his calling, and his first professional gig was at a holiday resort in England when he was 19 years old.

    Barely a year later, he was invited to join Al Stewart's band as a keyboardist for a tour of England, Scotland, and the U.S. in 1975. In addition to opening for artists like Linda Ronstadt, Billy Joel and Queen, White worked with Stewart in the studio in the making of Year of the Cat, which became a huge hit for Stewart in 1976. The tour and the album marked the beginning of a twenty-year association with Stewart. In that time, the two musicians co-wrote numerous songs, including Stewart's 1978 hit, "Time Passages."

    After fifteen years as a backup musician and a session player, White launched his solo recording career with the 1990 release of Reveillez-Vous (French for "Wake up," a title chosen by White in honor of his French mother). The album included several unused songs that White had written for Stewart, and it became a favorite among contemporary jazz radio stations.

    With a career that spans nearly four decades, over a dozen solo recordings and countless performances, White insists that it's the faces in the crowd and the fans that keep the experience fresh. "I'll play a live show, and someone will come to me afterward and say, 'Oh, I loved this CD,' or 'This song helped me through a bad time,'" he explains. "Or I get emails from people saying, 'Oh, I love the way you covered one of my favorite songs on your record back in 1994.' The idea that someone can write me an email and tell me about something I did on a record that was released fifteen years ago – you can't buy that. That's priceless. That's what keeps me going – the idea that people out there really care about what I do, the idea that I've made a difference for someone."


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