This American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer was born John Anthony White. He also has a nickname, Jack White. He is an American by birth, according to his birthplace. His hometown is Detroit, Michigan, in the United States. More information is provided in the table below.
On July 9, 1975, Jack White was born John Anthony Gillis in Detroit, Michigan. He is the youngest of Teresa and Gorman Gillis’ ten children. His parents both worked for the Catholic Church in Detroit. His father was the Building Maintenance Superintendent.
His mother worked as a secretary in the Cardinal of the Archdiocese of Detroit’s office. When he was younger, White worked as an altar boy. As a young lad, White was highly devout. He wanted to be a priest and got admitted into a seminary in Wisconsin. He altered his mind when he discovered he couldn’t carry his instruments with him.
After opting against attending seminary, White enrolled in Cass Technical High School, where he played the trombone and drums in the school band. He began an upholstery apprenticeship at the age of 15 with a family friend, Brian Muldoon. White has long credited Muldoon with introducing him to punk rock. Muldoon was the one who persuaded White to start a band. White and Muldoon founded the Upholsterers and released the CD “Makers of High-Grade Suites.” When Jack was a senior in high school, he met Meg White. They instantly clicked and became inseparable.
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A Career with The White Stripes
Meg White went out to study the drums in 1997, and the two founded The White Stripes. Jack and Meg’s band began in Detroit’s underground garage rock music scene. In 1998, they signed to the independent garage punk label Italy Records.
The band released their debut album “White Stripes” in 1999 and their second album “De Stijl” in 2000. “White Blood Cells” was published by Jack and Meg in 2001. The album was a critical and financial triumph, and The White Stripes were among the pioneers of the garage band sound resurgence of the time. The fourth album “Elephant” (2003) was promoted by the single “Seven Nation Army,” which soon became the band’s hallmark tune.
The song spent three weeks at the top of the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and received the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song in 2004. The band’s fifth album, “Get Behind Me Satan,” was recorded in White’s home. “Icky Thump,” the sixth album, was recorded at Nashville’s Blackbird Studio and published in 2007. The White Stripes announced their disbandment on their official website on February 2, 2011.
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Jack White Engaged
During his homecoming gig at the Masonic Temple in Detroit last night, Jack White proposed to and married Olivia Jean, his longtime lover, and Black Belles singer-songwriter. White persuaded Jean to join him for a cover of the White Stripes’ “Hotel Yorba,” and after singing the phrase “Let’s get married,” he proposed to her with a ring. At the start of the encore, Third Man co-founder Ben Swank went on stage to officiate the event. A video of the event may be found here.
According to the Detroit Free Press, White and Jean’s respective bass players served as best man and maids of honor. Their relatives were present, including White’s mother, Teresa Gillis. White dedicated “Ball and Biscuit” to Meg White, his former bandmate in the White Stripes and his first wife, just before performing “Hotel Yorba.”
On Friday, White released his new album, Fear of the Dawn. That same day, he sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” live at the Detroit Tigers home opener.
“If the day had taken some left turns, it might not have been the right day, but the day kept going so wonderfully.” “I figured it was a good moment to do it,” he explained. “She was taken aback.” Fortunately, Ben Swanker works for Third Man Records and is also a minister of some internet church… When he was backstage, and I asked her, ‘Do you want to get married now or wait?’ and she answered. ‘No, right now, this is a fantastic day!'”
The discussion then shifted to the 12-time Grammy winner’s vinyl adventures. Colbert questioned Third Man Records’ release of Prince’s Camille (which does not yet have an official release date), and White outlined the album’s premise in his own words, giving an anecdote about meeting the icon, who died six years ago.
“[The album] is called Camille, and it was recorded under a feminine guise. He had sped up his voice on a tape machine and planned to release an entire album under the name of Camille.