John Paul White

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John Paul White
The Civil Wars.jpg
White with Joy Williams in 2012
Background information
Birth nameJohn Paul White
BornAugust 4, 1972 (age 46)
OriginLoretto, Tennessee, United States
GenresFolk music, Country music
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active2008–present
LabelsSingle Lock Records
Associated actsThe Civil Wars

John Paul White is an American singer-songwriter, and was a member of the Grammy Award-winning duo The Civil Wars.[1] He restarted his solo career with his 2016 release, "Beulah".[2]

Early life[edit]

White was born in Muscle Shoals, Alabama[3] and grew up in Loretto, Tennessee, on a chicken farm.[citation needed] He attended Catholic school as a child.[citation needed] He is the oldest of four children.[4]


White, along with friends from high school, released his first album independently as the band Nuthin' Fancy. The album was recorded with Jeff Quillen at Rock N Roll Dawg Sound/Studio in his hometown of Loretto, Tennessee.

White released the album The Long Goodbye in 2008. The following year White joined Joy Williams to form The Civil Wars. The duo won the 2012 Grammy Awards for best Folk Album, and Country Performance by a Duo or Group.[5]

In 2015 he contributed the song "Kyrie", a duet with Emmylou Harris, to the album "Mercyland: Hymns for the Rest of Us, Vol. II."[6] Then in 2016, White released a solo "Simple Song" for the album "Southern Family" by Dave Cobb.[7]

White is a co-owner of Single Lock Records, which he founded in his hometown of Florence, Alabama, together with Ben Tanner (of the Alabama Shakes) and Florence financial consultant, Will Trapp. The label has signed multiple artists from the Muscle Shoals area, including the legendary "Funky" Donnie Fritts, along with indie standouts like Lera Lynn. White often collaborates with the artists on the Single Lock label.

His new album, "Beulah", was released on August 19, 2016.[8]

In 2017, White guested on the song "It Ain't Over Yet" with Rodney Crowell and Rosanne Cash. The track will appear on Crowell's album Close Ties.

Personal life[edit]

White lives in Florence, Alabama with his wife Jenny and their three children, John Paul Jr., Jack, and Julianna.



  • The Long Goodbye (2008)
  • Beulah (2016)

The Civil Wars[edit]


  1. ^ The Civil Wars Biography Great American Country, retrieved March 2, 2012
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  4. ^ "The Civil Wars: Billboard Cover Story". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  5. ^ "Joy Williams and John Paul White of Civil Wars win Grammys for 'Barton Hollow'" Archived 2012-05-03 at the Wayback Machine retrieved Dec 2, 2012
  6. ^ "Hear Emmylou Harris and John Paul White's Spiritual 'Kyrie'" Rolling Stone, retrieved Apr 2, 2016
  7. ^ "Hear A New Solo Song By John Paul White, Formerly Of The Civil Wars". NPR Music. Retrieved 2012-12-17.
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  9. ^ "The Civil Wars". The Civil Wars. Retrieved 2011-10-09.