Eg White

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Francis Anthony "Eg" White (born 22 November 1966) is a British musician, songwriter and producer. White is primarily known for his work with successful commercial pop acts such as Adele, Florence and the Machine, Tom Odell, Sam Smith, Will Young, James Morrison, Pink, Maverick Sabre and Rebecca Ferguson.

Biography[edit]

White started his career in the band Yip Yip Coyote[1] and then formed Brother Beyond[1] with his brother, David, in the late 1980s, leaving the latter when they became involved with the songwriting team of Stock, Aitken and Waterman, just prior to their chart successes.

In 1990 White collaborated with London model and BMX champion Alice Temple to record the critically acclaimed pop album 24 Years of Hunger, which was released in 1991 under the name Eg and Alice and failed to chart.[2] Lack of commercial success did not deter the taste-makers, however, and 24 Years of Hunger was described by Allmusic as "one of the finest, most refined and fully realized recordings of the era, employing a much more sophisticated and romantic style than anything else out of England at the time".[3] Eg's capacity for intricate songwriting and well-tuned ear would be they key to the commercial success that was to come, along with a propensity for producing songs outside the boundaries of the popular mode.

In 1992 White produced the debut, self-titled album by Kinky Machine,[4] then disappeared from the music industry until 1996 when he released his debut solo album Turn Me On, I'm a Rocket Man,[5] which was unsuccessful.[5]

He turned to songwriting in 1997, providing instrumentation for the sessions of Suggs' solo album The Three Pyramids Club, but it was in 1999 that his career began to take off as he became a songwriter, musician and producer in hot demand. His collaborative relationship with Alice Temple continued, the results of which can be heard on her solo debut album Hang Over. He also worked with Icelandic-Italian singer Emiliana Torrini on her debut album Love in the Time of Science and produced British singer-songwriter Mark Abis' album Changing Inside, for which Eg is still awaiting payment 16 years later.[citation needed]

White's song "Leave Right Now" was recorded by Will Young in 2003, and reached number 1 in the UK Singles Chart. In recognition, White won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically in 2004. He has since enjoyed enduring chart success - with acts such as Duffy, James Morrison, Joss Stone and Will Young – and had cuts with numerous other artists including Pink, Kylie Minogue, Natalie Imbruglia and Florence + the Machine. In 2008 White worked with Adele on three tracks which appeared on her first album 19, including the second single "Chasing Pavements". White is known in the industry for his pace of work and ability to reach the core of the intent of the artist he is working with, saying "Sometimes I get two hours. Someone comes over at three, we have a cup of tea, chew the cud for a bit, go: 'All right, shall we write a song?' And by six, they've gone home and we've...done it. Chasing Pavements, that took two or three hours."[6]\

In 2009 White was awarded his second Ivor Novello Award for 'Songwriter of the Year',[7] and in 2010 he had a second UK number 1 with the Diana Vickers single "Once", a song he wrote with Cathy Dennis.[8] Also in 2010, White reprised his collaborative role with Adele, and with her wrote "Take It All", which appears on her number one album 21.

White started his own record label imprint, Spilt Milk Records, in 2009 – making Lauren Pritchard its first signing, and then signing an exclusive license deal with Island Records to release the album Wasted in Jackson in 2010. The album features collaborations with White, Ed Harcourt and Marcus Mumford (of the band Mumford & Sons).

Though White is first and foremost a songwriter–producer, he signed a recording contract with Parlophone Records and released a second album entitled Adventure Man on 18 May 2009. The instrumental version of the lead single, "Broken" was used as the incidental music to the BMW PGA Championship 2009 and played during the closing credits of BBC's coverage of England's final game in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. He is an accomplished player of many instruments, playing all instruments on his album and also on many of his productions of other people's work.

Songwriting - selected discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Album tracks[edit]

Production[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Institution Award
Winner
2009 Ivor Novello Awards Songwriter of the Year[1]
2004 Ivor Novello Awards Best Song Musically and Lyrically ("Leave Right Now")[14]
Year Institution Award
Nominated
2009 Grammy Awards Song of the Year & Record of the Year ("Chasing Pavements")[15]

Eg and Alice - discography[edit]

Singles
  • "Indian" c/w "Crosstown and Bobby and Holly" (WEA Records 1991) - did not chart
  • "Doesn't Mean That Much to Me" (WEA Records 1991) - did not chart
Album

Solo discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Stay Home" (Andy Sturmer) / "A Little More Now"
  • "Made My Baby Cry"
  • "Broken" (Released 18 May 2009)

Albums[edit]

  • Turn Me On, I'm a Rocket Man (WEA Records, 1996)
Track listing
  1. "Nothing Comes Easy"
  2. "Made My Baby Cry"
  3. "What Can I Do"
  4. "Stay Home"
  5. "Mr Cool"
  6. "Do It for Myself"
  7. "Sister Blue"
  8. "Holding It In"
  9. "I Wish You Could Be Happy Too"
  10. "Angel"
  11. "My Lovely Valentine"
  • Adventure Man (Spilt Milk Records 2009)
Track Listing
  1. "But California" (Eg White)
  2. "Weird Friendless Kid" (Eg White, Louis Eliot)
  3. "My People" (Eg White)
  4. "'Til The End" (Eg White, Aret Komlosy)
  5. "Pay Later" (Eg White, Neil Hannon)
  6. "Broken" (Eg White, Ricky Ross)
  7. "There's Going To Be Someone" (Eg White, Matt Marston)
  8. "Whatever Makes You Sick" (Eg White)
  9. "Time To Fall" (Eg White)
  10. "If You Run" (Eg White, Neil Hannon)
  11. "Pull Me Through" (Eg White, Alice Temple)
  12. "Our Turn Will Come" (Eg White, Jack Hues)

First review found at Daily Music Guide.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c McCormick, Neil (21 May 2009). "Francis 'Eg' White interview: the craftsman behind pop's perfect songs". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Allen, Liam (22 May 2009). "Songwriter White craves stage". BBC News. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Swihart, Stanton. "Eg & Alice - biography". allmusic.com. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Kinky Machine - Kinky Machine : Credits". allmusic.com. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "CAN EG WHITE FINALLY CRACK THE CHARTS?". Daily Express. 17 May 2009. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Write me a hit by teatime: the world of professional songwriters". www.theguardian.com. 21 May 2009. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "2009 Ivor Novello awards: The winners". news.bbc.co.uk. 21 May 2009. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  8. ^ Sexton, Paul (17 May 2011). "AC/DC's 'Iron Man 2' Powers To U.K. No. 1". billboard.com. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "CHART LOG UK: NEW ENTRIES UPDATE". zobbel.de. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "FLORENCE & THE MACHINE". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "2011-12-03 2011 Top 40 Official UK Singles Archive". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "Duffy - Warwick Avenue". acharts.us. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  13. ^ "Adele". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  14. ^ Burrows, Robin. "Eg White - Adventure Man Album Review". contactmusic.com. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  15. ^ "Grammy Scorecard". Los Angeles Times. 3 December 2008. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  16. ^ Spencer, David (26 April 2009). "Eg White - Adventure Man (Parlophone)". dailymusicguide.com. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 

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