White signing autographs outside a gig in Kilmarnock, Scotland, November 2011
|Birth name||Laura Jane Amanda White|
31 August 1987 |
Atherton, Greater Manchester, England
|Genres||Pop, soul, jazz|
|Associated acts||The X Factor 2008 finalists|
|Website||www.Laurawhiteoffic.com/ www.twitter.com/laurawhiteoffic/ www.facebook.com/laurawhiteofficial|
Laura Jane Amanda White (born 31 August 1987) is an English singer/songwriter from Atherton in Bolton, Greater Manchester. She is best known for finishing in eighth place on the fifth series of The X Factor in 2008.
White has been singing and playing the piano since she was a young girl. Despite never having had a professional singing lesson, White began singing in jazz bars at the age of 15 and played many festivals. White went to Fred Longworth High School in Tyldesley, the same school as actors Anthony Quinlan, Leah Hackett and Oliver Lee. She also studied A-Level /EnglishDrama at Wigan and Leigh College. Before The X Factor, Laura was a creative writing student at The University of Bolton.
2008–09: The X Factor
White auditioned for the 2008 series of The X Factor and reached the final live stages in the "Girls" category, mentored by Cheryl Cole. After performing Fallin', by Alicia Keys, on the first live show, White sang You Are Not Alone as part of Michael Jackson week the following episode. She then performed God Bless the Child, originally recorded by Billie Holliday, as part of the third week's focus on big band music, and Somebody Else's Guy, written and performed by Jocelyn Brown, on the fourth live show as part of disco week. After performing Endless Love by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross in the fifth week, White was voted off the show on 8 November, after a sing-off against Ruth Lorenzo.
After her elimination, fans of White circulated a petition for broadcasting watchdog Ofcom to investigate phone voting procedures on the show, complaining of a lack of transparency in the voting system and of difficulties in getting through to vote for White—allegations which were denied by a show spokesman. The issue was even mentioned in the Houses of Parliament by her local MP Andrew Burnham, who commented that White's exit had been "very harsh".
2009–present: Post The X Factor
The Manchester Evening News reported on 11 November 2008 that White had been approached by an as-yet unnamed record company. White was chosen by Peterborough City Council to perform and turn on the annual Christmas lights at Cathedral Square, Peterborough. A crowd of 6,000 attended and cheered as the lights were turned on. White then went on to switch on the lights in the county capital Cambridge on the Sunday night. White was invited to the Brit Awards Launch Party as The X Factor contestant representing the "Hero" single. White was a judge in the 2009 Miss Manchester contest and sang at the Miss England contest. In early August 2009, White posted samples of four tracks onto her website. Fans were allowed to vote for one of the four to become her debut single. The candidates were: "You Should Have Known", "Touch You", "Got It Bad" and "Love Hurts". "You Should Have Known" was chosen as her debut single. The song was written by Ivor Novello-winning songwriter Michelle Escoffrey and produced by Ian Green, the man behind Madonna's autumn 2009 album Celebration. Speaking in October 2009 to noted UK R&B writer Pete Lewis of the award-winning Blues & Soul, White stated: "I'm really pleased to kick my whole album project off with 'You Should Have Known'. Because it's such a strong song, as well as being very different from the kind of straight-jazz thing everybody THOUGHT I was gonna do."
She performed her track "You Should Have Known" on GMTV on 19 August 2009. The video for the single "You Should Have Known" was shot in early September and was uploaded to White's official YouTube account. The single was released on 2 November 2009. To promote the single, White embarked on a promo tour of the UK. "You Should Have Known" debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the UK Indie Singles Chart. White was also part of the alternative Haiti relief charity single "I Put A Spell On You". The track, which was released at the end of February 2010, includes other artists such as Shane MacGowan, Paloma Faith, The Stereophonics, Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie, Nick Cave and Johnny Depp. Laura was due to release a song titled "Radio" and told fans on the Peter Andre tour it would be her new single in the summer although she later revealed on her Twitter account that the single had been scrapped due to her not being passionate enough about the song. She has stated recently she had been in the studio recording for the album, working with the likes of Ben Cullum (Jamie Cullum's brother), Professor Green and Ian Dench, allowing White to develop her sound profoundly for her album. White also is renowned for her celebrity following including artists Pixie Lott, Cheryl Cole and James Morrison appearing at her gigs for support to her music. White lives in Covent Garden, London.
In November 2013, White released her critically acclaimed debut EP which reached number 22 on the Official Albums Chart and number one in the Singer/Songwriter charts.
White has also written songs for other artists including Rihanna, Eliza Doolittle, Cher Lloyd and Leona Lewis. White had her first number one with artist Gin Lee in 2012, also penned songs for many Danish artists and Winner Lisa Lois.
- Upcoming debut album (2013)
- What My Mother Taught Me (2013)
Track 1 - Come On Josephine
Track 2 - Jimi Hendrix - (Explicit Lyrics)
Track 3 - Rush Hour
Track 4 - To Be Loved
As main artist
|Year||Single||Peak Chart Positions||Album|
|2009||"You Should Have Known"||32||2||–||–||70||Debut Album|
As featured artist
|Year||Single||Peak Chart Positions||Album|
|2008||"Hero" (with The X Factor Finalists)||1||–||1||8||–||Non-Album Single|
|2010||"I Put a Spell on You" (with Shane MacGowan and Friends)||–||–||–||–||–||Helping Haiti|
- "X-Factor Horoscopes". Russell Grant. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
- "Laura White is voted off X Factor". BBC News. 8 November 2008. Retrieved 10 November 2008.
- "X Factor fans urge phone votes probe". Metro. 14 November 2008. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
- "Fans angry over X Factor results". BBC News. 10 November 2008. Retrieved 10 November 2008.
- Osuh, Chris (11 November 2008). "Campaign for X Factor Laura". Manchester Evening News (M.E.N. Media).
- Peterborough Today Evening Telegraph – Laura White to turn on Christmas lights
- Laura White interview by Pete Lewis, 'Blues & Soul' November 2009
- X Factor star Laura White performs 'You Should Have Known' on GMTV YouTube
- Laura White – You Should Have Known – Official Video YouTube
- "I’ll do it my way, says singer Laura (From The Bolton News)". Theboltonnews.co.uk. 7 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
- "Whats on Laura white plans of future". http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
- Laura White - YouTube
- iTunes - Music - What My Mother Taught Me - EP by Laura White