Vanessa White

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Vanessa White
Vanessa White, The Saturdays LA.jpg
Vanessa on stage in 2009
Background information
Birth name Vanessa Karen White
Born (1989-10-30) 30 October 1989 (age 25)
Yeovil, Somerset, England
Origin London, England
Genres R&B, pop, dance-pop
Occupation(s) Vocalist, songwriter, dancer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2006–present
Labels Polydor
Associated acts The Saturdays, Vince Kidd
Website The Saturdays

Vanessa Karen White (born 30 October 1989) is an English singer and songwriter. She rose to fame in 2008 as 1/5 of English-Irish girl group The Saturdays, signed to Fascination and Polydor Records. The group have achieved substantial success with numerous top-ten hits as well as a number one single. She is the youngest member of the group.[1]

Early life[edit]

Vanessa White was born in Yeovil, Somerset and is half-Filipina from her mother and half English from her father.[2][3] She was attracted to performing from a young age and attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School on Saturdays before being offered a full-time place and moving to Stratford, London with her family when she was five.[4] She applied for The Brit School, but was turned down. She appeared in several theatre productions, including the West End production of The Lion King as Young Nala and also played one of the King's daughters in The King And I from 2000-2002.[5] She has a brother, Ryan and sister, Celine.[6]

Career[edit]

2007–present: The Saturdays[edit]

Having already been signed as a solo artist, White auditioned for, and was accepted as, a member of a newly formed girl group in 2007. She gelled quickly with the four other members who now refer to her as "our Christina Aguilera" due to her extensive vocal range. Initially, White and band member Una Healy had the strongest relationship, as they discovered that they were very alike. However, she has grown to love the other members all the same.[7] She has also received comparison to American singers Alicia Keys, Beyoncé and Mariah Carey.[1][8]

During June and July 2009, White toured the UK with The Saturdays (The Work Tour). Before she was about to go on stage for the second show of the tour in Dundee, White tripped over a cable backstage and tore a ligament in her ankle and missed a large proportion of the show that night. Once paramedics had strapped up her foot, she was permitted to join the band on stage in a wheelchair. White spent the next few shows appearing on stage sitting on a bar stool and gradually began to stand for more and more songs as the tour progressed, before being able to perform her choreography again.

White is the only member of The Saturdays to have a solo in every song in their debut album, Chasing Lights.

Along with the other members of the group, White has co-written a track on their second album, Wordshaker, titled "Deeper". It was written in a two day studio session.

Solo releases and appearances[edit]

White provided additional vocals on Master Shortie's debut album A.D.H.D. on the track 'Swagger Chick'. The album was released on 27 July 2009. In January 2010, White participated in the first series of the ITV celebrity reality television programme Popstar to Operastar. She was the second contestant eliminated, on 22 January. White took part in and was compressed into a box so that it appears only her head, hands and feet are there on Stephen Mulhern's Magic Numbers.[9] In 2013 she featured on Vince Kidd's song The Zoo; the music video debuted on YouTube on 20 April 2013.

Personal life[edit]

As of February 2014, it was revealed that White had a drinking problem in 2010.[10]

Discography[edit]

As featured artist[edit]

Single Year Peak chart positions Album
UK
"The Zoo"
(Vince Kidd featuring Vanessa White)
2013 Oddball

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Saturday Fight Fever Daily Star. 2009-03-04. Retrieved 2012-01-01.
  2. ^ "Vanessa White - Bio at IMDb". IMDb.com. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Vanessa White — EthniCelebs". Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Wilson, Benji (30 January 2010). "The Saturdays: Pop music's new high-flyers". London: Daily Mail. Retrieved 2010-12-10. 
  5. ^ "Vanessa White". My Celebrity Fashion. Retrieved 2010-12-10. 
  6. ^ "Vanessa White". The Saturdays Central. Retrieved 2010-12-10. 
  7. ^ "Official Site". The Saturdays. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  8. ^ "The Saturdays - Any Day of the Week". Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  9. ^ "THE Saturdays’ Vanessa White to be flattened in live TV magic trick | The Sun |Showbiz|TV". The Sun. 2010-08-06. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  10. ^ "Vanessa White of The Saturdays reveals her battle with alcohol". hellomagazine.com. 2014-02-01. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 

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