Jack White is a singer-songwriter and musician best known for being the former frontman of The White Stripes. He has also worked with bands including The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs and has released two solo albums.
Born John Anthony Gillis on July 9, 1975, White formed The White Stripes with his ex-wife Meg White in 1997: initially, however, the pair presented themselves as a brother-and-sister duo. The White Stripes released their self-titled debut LP in 1999 and the follow-up, ‘De Stijl’, in 2001. However, it was their 2001 album ‘White Blood Cells’ which brought them crossover success and they released a further three albums in the following years: ‘Elephant’ (2003), ‘Get Behind Me Satan’ (2005) and ‘Icky Thump’ (2007). In 2011, however, the band announced that they had split and would not perform or record material together anymore.
In 2005, White formed The Raconteurs with Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler. They released their debut album ‘Broken Boy Soldier’, including the single ‘Steady, As She Goes’, in 2006 and then released the follow-up ‘Consolers Of The Lonely’ in 2008.
He also formed another new group, The Dead Weather, in 2009: White played drums in the band, with The Kills’ Alison Mosshart on vocal duties. The line-up also included The Raconteurs’ Jack Lawrence and Queens Of The Stone Age’s Dean Fertita. To date, the band have released two studio albums: 2009 debut ‘Horehound’ and 2011’s ‘Sea Of Cowards’.
In 2011, White released his first ever solo album, ‘Blunderbuss’. The LP debuted at Number One on the UK Albums Chart and received an 8/10 review in NME. His second studio album, ‘Lazaretto’, was released in June 2014.
Other projects White has been involved in include featuring as a vocalist for fellow Detroit group Electric Six on their track ‘Danger! High Voltage!’ in 2006; recording the theme ‘Another Way To Die’ with Alicia Keys for the James Bond film ‘Quantum Of Solace’ in 2008; and his 2011 collaboration ‘Rome’, inspired by spaghetti westerns and recorded with producer Danger Mouse.