Jimmy White is a five time New Music Award Winner (Hollywood, CA) including 2012 Best Male Artist, winning over fellow nominees Steven Tyler and Michael Buble. He has also won 10 IMN Independent Music Awards (Los Angeles, CA) since 2009, including the Best Male Artist award for an unprecedented 4 years in a row.
A self taught pianist, inspired early on by the harmonies and distinctive sound of the cutting edge music of Brian Wilson, White knew from his very first spin of “God Only Knows” that he was at last “Home” … The distinctive fusion of music and lyrics and their development in the recording process continue to be this talented singer and songwriter’s first love.
White grew up in Totowa, NJ and was composing music and lyrics in his head from his earliest memory. White’s career as a professional songwriter began while studying at Seton Hall University, when he had the first song he’d ever written published by MCA Music in New York City when he was only nineteen.
Since 2006, White has had four #1 STS Main AC Chart singles and 14 #1 Independent AC singles in a row. He has also charted six times in the Billboard AC Top 40 and six times in the FMQB AC Top 10.
White recorded his latest CD, “My Mom Joined The Circus”, with legendary producer, Gary Mallaber, famous for his work with Van Morrison, Steve Miller, Bruce Springsteen and many others. In addition, Jimmy had a number 1 AC hit in 2010 with his “Just What I Need”, a duet with the legendary Jonell Mosser and recently completed 5 songs with the Kenny Rogers Band. White also worked for years with the late Hall of Fame producer Dave Bellanca and the late guitarist Danny Gatton, considered by many to be the greatest rock guitarist of all time. One of his long time guitarists, Kenny Hawkins (Rick James, Stephanie Mills), was a featured guitarist on “Guitar Hero”.
September 2011 marked the release of White’s epic album, “Two Cities”, a double CD of 26 songs recorded in Nashville, TN and Buffalo, NY. “Two Cities” is the masterpiece of White’s 30 plus year music career and contains six of his AC #1 singles. Hard Rock Café reviewer John Shelton Ivany called Two Cities a “masterpiece” and “one of the best albums of 2011”. Of Jimmy’s singing, Ivany said “ Two Cities, a double album by multi-award winning Jimmy White, is a remarkable creation by a man with a pure voice. White is not a shouter, not a screamer, but a complete crooner within himself.”
Two of the videos from White’s “Two Cities” release, Katy Did and Forever and a Day, have achieved over 575,000 views apiece. “Good Friends Are Hard To Find”, from his Hidden Pictures CD, has garnered over 2,000,000 video views worldwide and has been a staple of support for the Bella Moss Foundation, which studies the devastating effects of MRSA infections in animals.
The single release of “Forever and a Day” spent 3 weeks tied with superstar Steven Tyler as the “Most Added” record in the country on FMQB AC. And “Katy Did”, after becoming White’s 4th national AC No.1, has become a karaoke classic.
White’s newest release, “My Mom Joined the Circus”. White shows an amazingly broad spectrum of musical tastes on this new 11 track CD: The tropical feel of “Michaela” and the Country flavored, “Two Beers Better” feel more commercial, while “Miserable Man” and “No Goodbyes” are very personal to the artist. On this CD, White also took a comedic look at life with the title track, “My Mom Joined the Circus” and “Daddy Looked Good”.
When asked about the eye catching title track, White offered, “There isn’t a story behind the title; it was a song that just came to me, as if from another place. It took on a life of its own and ended up being a song about a young man who ends up becoming inspired by his mother, a woman who began her life again, just when she seemed a little too old to do so. I have always greatly admired my own mom, and maybe somehow, it came from there.”
When asked to describe the feeling of his new CD, White said, “This CD is softer than my previous albums, very melodic, containing songs that are pure pop, others that are the most inspirational of my career, and others that are just plain funny, which is a big part of who I am as a person. “
“Circus is a culmination, of sorts, of the phase of my career where I had finally achieved the commercial and artistic success that I had always longed for. Circus is just me being me, laughing, crying, and always doing the very best I can.”
There are two musicians/groups playing on the record that are in the Rock Hall of Fame, Gary Mallaber (Steve Miller, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen among many others) and the members of the Kenny Rogers Band.
My Mom Joined the Circus is released on 828 Records and the full CD, singles and ringtones are now available on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/my-mom-joined-the-circus/id797198287 and Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IY28FVM/ref=dm_ws_ap_tlw_alb1
New for 2015 – White’s first national No. 1 record, “Change My Life”, has recently been included in the soundtrack for the Canadian independent film release, “Aurelie Laflamme”, which was released to a worldwide audience on April 24, 2015
This multi-award winning artist says modestly of his gifts: “I just do the best with what God gave me”.
**Read article about Jimmy in the Winchester Sun
Various press & interviews over the past couple of years:
Independent Music Network – “Award Season 2011 Special Issue” Newsletter
A wonderful interview with Jimmy in the “Award Season 2011 Special Issue” newsletter from Independent Music Network. Jimmy was nominated in 4 categories and WON the Best Male Artist Award for the 2010 IMN Awards.
Independent Music Network – “Best of 2010” Newsletter
A great interview with Jimmy in the “Best of 2010” newsletter from Independent Music Network. Jimmy has been nominated in 4 categories for the 2010 IMN Awards.
Independent Music Network – Summer Newsletter
A great interview with Jimmy in the “Summer” newsletter from Independent Music Network.
Independent Music Network – March Madness Newsletter
A great interview with Jimmy in the “March” newsletter from Independent
Music Network after Jimmy had recently won the IMN “Best Male Artist of the Year” for 2009.
Rachel Parsons’ wonderful interview with Jimmy for the
Winchester Sun, conducted during the filming of “I Wish You Peace.”
Tuesday July 15, 2008
JASON EPPERSON AND LARK WATTS HELP FILM MUSIC VIDEO
FOR RECORDING ARTIST JIMMY WHITE AT LEEDS
By Rachel Parsons
The quiet little theater on Main Street is alive and bustling with activity these days.
Now, rather than being the place where people come to see the stars perform, the Leeds Center for the Arts is the star. The hallmark of downtown Winchester has become the set for a music video by recording artist Jimmy White.
Although White is not exactly a household name, he’s been around the recording business for a long time.
“I always loved writing, ever since I was a little kid. I always had songs in my head. I’d be eight years old, mowing the lawn for my parents making up songs as I’d go,” said White.
White said writing lyrics is something that has come natural. Writing melodies and performing, on the other hand, were a little slower in coming. White confessed to battling extreme stage fright, and unlike most singers, he only began performing as a way to get his songs heard.
In college, White had to teach himself how to play the piano so he could write the melodies to accompany his lyrics.
“I started writing lyrics, and I couldn’t play the piano. I couldn’t find anybody to play for me, so I taught myself to play,” said White. “I started performing to get my songs out there.”
Stage fright is still a struggle, but White has learned to deal with it. Actually getting on stage is the hardest part, but once he starts singing, the fear usually subsides.
White has definitely reached a reflective stage in his career and his latest song, “Chasing The Wind,” is representative of some of the changes in his attitude, both toward music and toward life. The title “Chasing The Wind” is particularly significant for White, who was inspired by the book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible.
“It’s my idea of poking fun at myself,” said White. “I’ve had successes in life and experiences that people would love to have, but they weren’t quite it.” He compares the whole process of making an album and getting songs on the radio to chasing the wind.
White has also learned over the years not to take his writing too seriously, either. Nowadays, he’s more worried about having fun with his music and writing the kinds of songs that are meaningful to him than making sure he can be boxed into a particular genre. For a man who has spent many years chasing his dream of a musical career, learning to relax and trust the music has been truly liberating, and, White believes, it has allowed him to create some of his best songs.
“It’s by far the best thing I’ve done … . It’s just things I love,” White said. Talking about the latest phase in his career brings a big grin to his face, and he is reminiscent of a proud parent bragging about his child.
He also loves that his latest CD, “Two Cites”, has allowed him to explore his edgier, rock and roll side.
“It’s so cool!” White said, humming a few riffs and playing air guitar to emphasize his point. It is easy to imagine the 8-year-old boymaking up songs while mowing the yard is still a part of him.
White admitted that the songs on “Two Cites” like “Goddess” and “Tyrannosaurus Ex” are unlike anything he would have written in the past, but these days, he’s all about having fun with his music and being true to himself.
“I just do whatever I want to do,” White said of his approach to writing. “Things will work out if you stay true … I don’t edit myself too much anymore.”
White’s belief in staying true to oneself is one of the reasons why he’s having so much fun in Kentucky. For a boy raised in a small town in New Jersey, coming to Winchester is like a homecoming of sorts.The close-knit relationships and the friendly people are definitely near and dear to his heart.
“It’s warm and it’s friendly, and it’s exactly what makes life worth living,” said White. Despite all the joy that music brings him, at the end of the day, it’s a feeling of friendship and community that make him feel the most at peace.
“People that you love, in a place that’s home, that’s really the best thing in life. That’s really a gift from God.”