Emily Jane White

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Emily Jane White
Birth nameEmily Jane White
GenresIndie rock
Indie pop
Folk rock
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano
Years active2006–present
LabelsTalitres, Milan Records, Important Records, Double Negative Records, Saint Rose Records

Emily Jane White is an American singer and songwriter from Oakland, California[1] who has released six solo albums and toured internationally.[2]

Early life[edit]

White was raised in the seaside town of Fort Bragg, California.[3] White's father worked in the merchant marine, shipping in and out of Oakland, and her mother was a special education teacher for the Mendocino School District.[1]

White began to play music at age 5, but didn't enjoy the linear approach to piano lessons and preferred improvisation and playing by ear. At the age of 12 her father taught her chords on the guitar.[4] At the age of 16 she wrote her first songs.


In 2003, White graduated with a degree in American Studies from UC Santa Cruz.[5] White's first musical explorations came as a member of punk and metal bands in college.[6] She later branched off with her own group called Diamond Star Halos.[7]


After college and spending time in Bordeaux, France, White moved to San Francisco to perform.[8]

On November 2, 2007, White released her first album, Dark Undercoat, through Double Negative Records.[9] It was released on Talitres in Europe and as a vinyl LP in 2008 by Saint Rose Records.[10] It included the song "Wild Tigers I Have Known", the title track of the Cam Archer film of the same name.[7] Archer would later direct a number of videos for the album.[11] She later described the album as "really basic, it sounds like demos".[4] For live performances, White was supported by Jen Grady and Carey Lamprecht on strings.[12][13]

White's second album, entitled Victorian America, was released in October 2009 in Europe on Talitres, and on 27 April 2010 in the U.S. by Milan Records.[4][14] It was recorded in San Francisco and Oakland.[15] White had written a number of songs that she worked on with her band for "basically a year and a half before we went and recorded". Compared to her debut, she described it as "more of an ambitious record".[16] The song "Liza" appeared on digital streaming platforms prior to the US release.[17]

White's third album is entitled Ode to Sentience. The first single, "Requiem Waltz", first appeared on American Songwriter.[18]

White appears on the song "Seeds" on Lonely Drifter Karen's 2010 album Fall of Spring.[19]

In December 2013, White released Blood/Lines that included a contribution by Marissa Nadler.[20] It was described as "a new stylistic development in her repertoire" and having a "neo-gothic feel".[21]

In June 2016 the release of the new album was confirmed and preceded by the single "Frozen Garden".[22] In July 2016, White released her fifth album They Moved in Shadow All Together that was described as "bringing her concern for race and gender equality to the fore of her poetic folk-pop".[1] The album was recorded over a two-year period at the Tiny Telephone Studio in San Francisco.[22][23]


White explained her interest in "the shadow side of life" by stating that "you can unveil and sort of reveal…subtleties and nuances and undercurrents of things that are existing but no one wants to talk about".[21] The song "The Black Dove" was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. White noted that "As a white person, there are so many misconceptions to what racism is, but the fact that you can turn a blind eye to issues of racial brutality is a symptom of being white".[1] Her literary inspirations are often cited to be Cormac McCarthy, Emily Brontë, Edna St. Vincent Millay and Edgar Allan Poe.[24]



Year Album Peak positions Certification
2007 Dark Undercoat 143
2009 Victorian America 113
2010 Ode to Sentience 112
2013 Blood / Lines
2016 They Moved In Shadow All Together
2019 Immanent Fire


Year Single Peak positions Album
2013 "Keeley" 196


  1. ^ a b c d Elizabeth, Jordannah. "Emily Jane White Awakens with Her New Album". East Bay Express. Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  2. ^ "From Cormac McCarthy to Chan Marshall: Emily Jane White's evocative storytelling". SF Weekly. 16 May 2007. Retrieved 3 September 2008.
  3. ^ [1] Archived April 12, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b c Savage, Emily. "Emily Jane White evokes melancholy nostalgia". SF Weekly. Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  5. ^ Rappaport, Scott (August 14, 2012). "UCSC alum's third CD offers haunting 'optimistic melancholy'". UC Santa Cruz. Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  6. ^ Fischer, Seth (June 3, 2010). "An Interview with Emily Jane White". www.splintergeneration.com. Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  7. ^ a b Swiatecki, Chad (November 15, 2007). "Emily Jane White". Spin. Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  8. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Emily Jane White". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  9. ^ Emily Jane White at Double Negative Records
  10. ^ Cataldo, Jesse (April 27, 2008). "Emily Jane White Dark Undercoat". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  11. ^ Bouchard, Sean. "Dark Undercoat". Talitres (in French). Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  12. ^ "Emily Jane White Prepares for her Third Album Release This Spring". 2010-11-02. Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  13. ^ "Emily Jane White". La Blogothèque. 2010-02-02. Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  14. ^ "Emily Jane White". Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  15. ^ Cataldo, Jesse (April 25, 2010). "Emily Jane White Victorian America". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  16. ^ Harper, Beth (August 10, 2010). "Interview: Emily Jane White". Verbicide. Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  17. ^ Bosman, Chris (February 22, 2010). "Liza". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  18. ^ Schlansky, Evan (27 April 2012). "Song Premiere/Free Download: Emily Jane White, "Requiem Waltz"". American Songwriter. Retrieved 5 June 2012.
  19. ^ "Home". Strictly Confidential. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  20. ^ "Emily Jane White: Blood/Lines Album Review | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  21. ^ a b Kramer, Matt (2015-07-13). "Emily Jane White". City Scout Magazine. Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  22. ^ a b Simpson, Hailey (June 22, 2016). "Emily Jane White releases lushly dark "Frozen Garden" ahead of record release show". The Bay Bridged - San Francisco Bay Area Indie Music. Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  23. ^ "Emily Jane White : Le retour de la dame en noir – MusiK Please". musikplease.com. Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  24. ^ Eanet, Lindsay (June 16, 2010). "Best of What's Next: Emily Jane White". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  25. ^ a b "Ola discography". swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 May 2013.

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