Eg White

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Eg White
Birth nameFrancis Anthony White
Born (1966-11-22) 22 November 1966 (age 54)
GenresPop, rock
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, producer

Francis Anthony "Eg" White (born 22 November 1966) is a British musician, songwriter and producer. He started his career in the cowpunk band Yip Yip Coyote in the 1980s and then formed Brother Beyond with his brother, David White, in the late 1980s. In 1990, Eg White recorded the pop album 24 Years of Hunger, and then in 1992 he produced the debut, self-titled album by Kinky Machine. He turned to songwriting in 1997, winning the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically in 2004. In 2008 White worked with Adele on three tracks. In 2009 White was awarded his second Ivor Novello Award for 'Songwriter of the Year'[1] and in 2010 he had a second UK number 1 with the Diana Vickers single "Once", a song he wrote with Cathy Dennis.[2] White started his own record label in 2009.


Eg White started his career in the band Yip Yip Coyote and then formed Brother Beyond[3] with his brother, David White, 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, Eg 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.[4] 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".[5]

In 1992, White produced the debut, self-titled album by Kinky Machine,[6] then disappeared from the music industry until 1996 when he released his debut solo album Turn Me On, I'm a Rocket Man,[7] which was unsuccessful.[7]

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.

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 including Duffy, James Morrison and Joss Stone.

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."[8]

In 2009, White was awarded his second Ivor Novello Award for 'Songwriter of the Year',[9] and in 2010 he had a second UK number 1 with the Diana Vickers single "Once", a song he wrote with Cathy Dennis.[2] 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). 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.[citation needed]

White has worked with Adele, Kylie Minogue, Lennon Stella, Natalie Imbruglia, Florence and the Machine, Dua Lipa, Tom Odell, Sam Smith, Will Young, James Morrison, Linkin Park, Pink, Joss Stone, Matt Cardle, Maverick Sabre and Rebecca Ferguson.

Songwriting and production[edit]

Title Year Artist Album Songwriter Producer
Primary Secondary Additional Vocal
"Last Train" 1984 Yip Yip Coyote Non-album single checkY
"I Should Have Lied" 1986 Brother Beyond Get Even checkY
"Say Hello" 1990 Breathe Peace of Mind checkY
"I Hear You're Doing Fine" checkY
"Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" checkY
"Got to Get By" checkY
"Shockaholic" 1993 Kinky Machine Kinky Machine checkY
"Candy Deceit" checkY
"Monkey on a String" checkY
"Glitter Bullets" checkY
"Clever?" checkY
"Sister Magpie" checkY
"Blue Polythene" checkY
"10 Second Bionic Man" 1994 Bent checkY
"Cut It Down" checkY
"Gooseberry Fool" checkY
"Dolly Mixture Kid" checkY
"Nosebleed" checkY
"Lounge Dummy" checkY
"Pissing in the Snow" checkY
"Alsatians" checkY
"Wet Cigarettes" checkY
"Christopher" checkY
"Chemical Lobby" checkY
"Last Song" checkY
"Chained" 1998 Richie Sambora Undiscovered Soul checkY
"Same Again" Suggs Non-album single checkY
"Dead Things" 1999 Emiliana Torrini Love in the Time of Science checkY
"To Be Free" checkY
"Unemployed in Summertime" checkY
"Easy" checkY
"Fingertips" checkY
"Tuna Fish" checkY
"Sea People" checkY checkY
"Nothing Else on Her Mind" 2001 Slippry Feet Freak Time Viewing checkY
"You Might Be Wrong" Nicole Russo Through Your Eyes checkY checkY
"Slowly Walk Away" checkY
"Better Day" checkY checkY
"How D'ya Think She'd Feel About It" checkY checkY
"Through My Eyes" checkY checkY
"Stride On" checkY
"Don't Wanna Let You Go" checkY
"Phoney" checkY
"Stop Trying To" checkY checkY
"Nice n' Easy" checkY checkY
"Say It" 2002 Alison Moyet Hometime checkY
"Sugarhigh" Jade Anderson Non-album single checkY
"Promises" 2003 Baz Psychedelic Love checkY
"Surrender (Your Love)" Javine Surrender checkY checkY
"Leave Right Now" Will Young Friday's Child checkY
"Going My Way" checkY checkY
"Out of My Mind" checkY
"Legend" 2004 Tamyra Gray The Dreamer checkY
"U've Only Got 1" checkY
"Promise" Javine Surrender checkY checkY
"Millions" checkY checkY
"Think Twice" checkY checkY
"Messin'" checkY checkY
"Missing You" checkY checkY
"How Do You Think" The Brand New Heavies Allabouthefunk checkY
"Fisherman's Woman" 2005 Emiliana Torrini Fisherman's Woman checkY
"Shiver" Natalie Imbruglia Counting Down the Days checkY
"Slow Down" checkY checkY
"The Message" Nate James Set the Tone checkY checkY
"Universal" checkY checkY
"Call My Name" Charlotte Church Tissues and Issues checkY checkY
"Crazy Stranger"
(with Harel Shachal)
Nicklodemus Non-album single checkY
"Baby I'm a Fool" Jo O'Meara Relentless checkY checkY
"Keep On" Will Young Keep On checkY
"Who Am I" checkY
"Save Yourself" checkY checkY
"Think About It" checkY
"Give In" 2006 Tina Dico In the Red checkY
"Use Me" checkY
"What Are We Waiting For?" Duncan James Future Past checkY checkY
"You Can" checkY checkY
"You Give Me Something" James Morrison Undiscovered checkY checkY
"Wonderful World" checkY
"Call the Police" checkY
"Go" Jamelia Walk with Me checkY
"Mancunian Way" Take That Beautiful World checkY
"No Man's Land" 2007 Beverley Knight Music City Soul checkY checkY
"Just a Little Bit" Mutya Buena Real Girl checkY checkY
"Choke" Nate James Kingdom Falls checkY checkY
"The Sun is Always Behind Me" Darren Hayes This Delicate Thing We've Made checkY checkY
"I'll Take Everything" James Blunt All the Lost Souls checkY
"Friday Night" Craig David Trust Me checkY
"Cosmic" Kylie Minogue X checkY checkY
"Chasing Pavements" 2008 Adele 19 checkY checkY
"Tomorrow" Duffy Non-album single checkY
"Je realise"
(featuring James Blunt)
Sinik Le Tiot Du Monde checkY
"Warwick Avenue" Duffy Rockferry checkY
"Hanging on Too Long" checkY
"Delayed Devotion" checkY
"Melt My Heart to Stone" Adele 19 checkY checkY
"Tired" checkY checkY
"Jones" Brian McFadden Set in Stone checkY
"Alice in Wonderland" checkY checkY
"Waiting for Time" Sam Sparro Sam Sparro checkY checkY
"Hot Mess" checkY checkY
"Sad, Sad World" Amy Studt My Paper Made Men checkY
"One Last Cigarette" checkY
"You Think I Don't Care" Jack McManus Either Side of Midnight checkY checkY
"Rising Up" Amanda Jenssen Killing My Darlings checkY
"Begger's Prayer" Emiliana Torrini Me and Armini checkY checkY
"What You Look For" Sam Beeton No Definite Answer checkY
"Changes" Will Young Let It Go checkY checkY
"Tell Me the Worst" checkY
"I Won't Give Up" checkY checkY
"Let It Go" checkY checkY
"Everything" Murs Murs for President checkY
"One Foot Wrong" P!nk Funhouse checkY checkY
"Could've Had Everything" checkY checkY
"Love, Love, Love" James Blunt All the Lost Souls checkY checkY
"Water and a Flame"
(featuring Adele)
2009 Daniel Merriweather Love & War checkY checkY
"Giving Everything Away for Free" checkY checkY
"Not Now" Little Boots Illuminations EP checkY
"Hurricane Drunk" Florence and the Machine Lungs checkY checkY
"Dream on Hayley" James Morrison Songs for You, Truths for Me checkY checkY
"Bring it Back" Kris Allen Kris Allen checkY checkY
"Once" 2010 Diana Vickers Songs from the Tainted Cherry Tree checkY
"You Don't Know Me" Alan Pownall True Love Stories checkY
"Not the Drinking" Lauren Pritchard Wasted in Jackson checkY checkY
"if Time is All I Have" James Blunt Some Kind of Trouble checkY
"Turn Me On" checkY checkY
"Recover" Natasha Bedingfield Strip Me checkY
"Yeah Right"
(featuring Diggy Simmons)
2011 Dionne Bromfield Good for the Soul checkY
"Two" Lenka Two checkY checkY
"Here to Stay" checkY checkY
"This Love Again" James Blunt Non-album single checkY checkY
"Treading Water" Alex Clare The Lateless of the Hour checkY
(featuring Lil Twist)
Dionne Bromfield Good for the Soul checkY
"Hands Are Clever" Alex Clare The Lateless of the Hour checkY checkY
"Sadness is Coming" Alice Gold Seven Rainbows checkY
"End of the World" checkY
"Forever" James Morrison The Awakening checkY
"All for Nothing" Matt Cardle Letters checkY checkY
"Slowly" checkY checkY
"What the Water Gave Me" Florence and the Machine Ceremonials checkY
"Nothing's Real but Love" Rebecca Ferguson Heaven checkY checkY
"Shoulder to Shoulder" checkY checkY
"Fairytale (Let Me Live My Life This Way)" checkY checkY
"Fighting Suspicions" checkY checkY
"Too Good to Lose" checkY checkY
"I Used to Have It All" 2012 Maverick Sabre Lonely Are the Brave checkY checkY
"Black & Blue" Paloma Faith Fall to Grace checkY
"Beauty of the End" checkY
"Chaos & Piss" P!nk The Truth About Love checkY checkY
"The Fire" Matt Cardle The Fire checkY
"Habit" Tulisa The Female Boss checkY checkY
"Worth Your While" 2013 Jamie N Commons Rumble and Sway EP checkY checkY
"No Strings" Chloe Howl Chloe Howl checkY checkY
"Hold Me" Tom Odell Long Way Down checkY checkY
"Nothing" Josh Krajcik Blindly, Lonely, Lovely checkY
"When You Go" checkY
"Don't Make Me Hopeful" checkY
"No Man's Land" Leanne Mitchell Leanne Mitchell checkY
"Sense" Tom Odell Long Way Down checkY checkY
"You My Everything" Ellie Goulding Halcyon Days checkY checkY
"Water and a Flame" Celine Dion Loved Me Back to Life checkY checkY
"Didn't Know Love" checkY checkY
"Fake Smile" Rebecca Ferguson Freedom checkY checkY
"My Freedom" checkY checkY
"Girls and Boys" 2014 Chloe Howl Chloe Howl checkY checkY
"Good Thing" Sam Smith In the Lonely Hour checkY checkY
"I've Told You Now" checkY checkY
"Disappointed" Chloe Howl Chloe Howl checkY checkY
"Sugar Lies"
(featuring Ben Weinman)
Kimbra The Golden Echo checkY
"The Magic Hour" checkY
"Baby, Happy Birthday" Train Bulletproof Picasso checkY checkY
"Therapy" Mary J Blige The London Sessions checkY checkY
"Takes Me a Long Time" Chloe Howl Chloe Howl checkY checkY
"When You're Gone" Mary J Blige The London Sessions checkY
"See You Again" 2015 Elle King Love Stuff checkY checkY
"No More You (Interlude)" Alexandra Burke Renegade EP checkY
"Fight for Love" Kwabs Love + War checkY
"I Am" Leona Lewis I Am checkY checkY
"You Knew Me When" checkY
"Stay Like This" James Morrison Higher Than Here checkY
"We Can" checkY
"Easy Love" checkY
"Purple Hearts (Soldier of Love)" CeeLo Green Heart Blanche checkY checkY
"Only Water" 2016 Lawson Perspective checkY
"For Julian" Dua Lipa Non-album single checkY checkY
"Pay for It" Rebecca Ferguson Superwoman checkY
"How Can I Blame You" John Legend Darkness and Light checkY
"Blindside" 2017 Aquilo Silhouettes checkY checkY
"Words with Friends" Fountaineer Greater City, Greater Love checkY
"Choice" Charlotte OC Careless People checkY
"The Cricketers" Fountaineer Greater City, Greater Love checkY
"One More Light" Linkin Park One More Light checkY
"Deserve to Be Loved" Zak Abel Only When We're Naked checkY checkY
"Blind Eye" Sam Smith The Thrill of It All checkY checkY
"Lost and Lonely" Paloma Faith The Architect checkY checkY
"Tonight's Not the Only Night" checkY checkY
"Not That Special" 2018 Lily Moore Not That Special EP checkY
"Raining Glitter" Kylie Minogue Golden checkY checkY
"Sepia" Plan B Heaven Before All Hell Breaks Loose checkY
"Brake Lights"
(featuring Nao)
Cosha R.I.P. Bonzai checkY
"Fast Forward" You Me at Six VI checkY checkY
"Aboard" Tom Grennan Lighting Matches checkY checkY
"Solid Gold" Alex Hepburn If You Stay checkY checkY
"I Will Never Be" Lily Moore I Will Never Be EP checkY checkY
"Like Everybody Else" Lennon Stella Non-album single checkY
"It's the Weekend" Kovacs Cheap Smell checkY checkY
"Midnight Medicine" checkY checkY
"Do This for Me" Lily Moore I Will Never Be EP checkY checkY
"Losing You" You Me at Six VI checkY checkY
"Got My Own" Ray BLK Empress checkY
"A Life Like This" Nao Saturn checkY
"Between the Words"
(with Matt Maeson)
Devault Stay EP checkY
"Loyal" 2019 Jasmine Thompson Colour EP checkY checkY
"Take Care" checkY checkY
"Power" James Morrison You're Stronger Than You Know checkY checkY
"Slowly" checkY
"Cross the Line" checkY
"Into Hope" Maverick Sabre When I Wake Up checkY checkY
"More" Jasmine Thompson Colour EP checkY checkY
"Hurt Me Once" Ben Platt Sing to Me Instead checkY checkY
"Some People" Jasmine Thompson Colour EP checkY checkY
"Colour (Amen)" checkY checkY
"This is What We Wanted" Izzy Bizu Glita EP checkY checkY
"I Will Be Stronger" Céline Dion Courage checkY checkY
"Better Than I Am" 2020 Keith Urban The Speed of Now Part 1 checkY checkY checkY

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Institution Award
2009 Ivor Novello Awards Songwriter of the Year[3]
2004 Ivor Novello Awards Best Song Musically and Lyrically ("Leave Right Now")[10]
Year Institution Award
2009 Grammy Awards Song of the Year & Record of the Year ("Chasing Pavements")[11]

Eg and Alice - discography[edit]

  • "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

Solo discography[edit]


  • 1996: "Stay Home" (Andy Sturmer)
  • 1997: "Made My Baby Cry" (Warner Elektra Atlantic)
  • 2006: "Broken" (Ricky Ross) (Parlophone Records Ltd.)
  • 2015: "You Fooled Me" (Lakeshore Records)


  • 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.[12]


  1. ^ "2009 Ivor Novello awards: The winners". 21 May 2009. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
  2. ^ a b Sexton, Paul (17 May 2011). "AC/DC's 'Iron Man 2' Powers To U.K. No. 1". Billboard. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
  3. ^ a b McCormick, Neil (21 May 2009). "Francis 'Eg' White interview: the craftsman behind pop's perfect songs". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
  4. ^ Allen, Liam (22 May 2009). "Songwriter White craves stage". BBC News. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
  5. ^ Swihart, Stanton. "Eg & Alice - biography". Retrieved 25 October 2012.
  6. ^ "Kinky Machine - Kinky Machine : Credits". Retrieved 25 October 2012.
  7. ^ a b "CAN EG WHITE FINALLY CRACK THE CHARTS?". Daily Express. 17 May 2009. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
  8. ^ "Write me a hit by teatime: the world of professional songwriters". The Guardian. 21 May 2009. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  9. ^ "2009 Ivor Novello awards: The winners". 21 May 2009. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
  10. ^ Burrows, Robin. "Eg White - Adventure Man Album Review". Retrieved 25 October 2012.
  11. ^ "Grammy Scorecard". Los Angeles Times. 3 December 2008. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
  12. ^ Spencer, David (26 April 2009). "Eg White - Adventure Man (Parlophone)". Archived from the original on 26 February 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2012.

External links[edit]

  • Spilt Milk Management [1]