31 March 1988 |
|Genres||R&B, pop, soul|
|Labels||Warner Bros., KiKi Entertainment|
Life and career
Keisha White attended Enfield County School for girls, then pursued a career in music whilst attending Susi Earnshaw Theatre School in Barnet North London, alongside Jay Asforis who found fame in S Club 8. When she was 14, White was invited to perform in front of music executives at Warner Bros. Records. She sang "If You Should Lose a Good Thing" by Aretha Franklin a cappella and the record company were so impressed that they signed her. "If You Should Lose a Good Thing" became the first song White performed live for an audience. At the age of 15 she collaborated with Paul Oakenfold and Desert Eagle Discs.
She has toured countries in Africa, Europe, and the United States. White was involved with production, vocals and mastering working with Keith Harris, Theron Feemster, Phantom Boyz, Robin Miller. On 15 March 2004, at the age of 17, three years after signing her record deal, White released her debut single, "Watcha Gonna Do", following a support slot on R&B group Mis-Teeq's tour in late 2003. She also sang the theme tune for CBBC's The Story of Tracy Beaker television series and the track was included as the B-side to her debut single.
After the release of "Watcha Gonna Do", White returned in 2005 with her second single, "Don't Care Who Knows". The track featured U.S. rapper Cassidy and peaked No. 29 in the UK Singles Chart. Following the release of this single, on 7 March 2005, White's debut album Seventeen was released. Her third single, "Don't Fool a Woman in Love" was released on 23 May 2005. After the limited success of both her album and third single, White went on another hiatus, following a support slot for Beverley Knight at Rochester Castle. A third single from her debut album "The Weakness in Me", a double A-side with "Open Like So" was not released.
White then returned in 2006 with a single, the choice was apparently influenced by her friend Alicia Keys. The single was a remake of Joan Armatrading's "The Weakness In Me", the originally intended third single from her debut album. The single was released on 27 February 2006, gaining strong support from UK music channels and BBC Radio 2, enabling it to become White's biggest hit to date, peaking at no. 17 in the UK Singles Chart. Because a re-packaged and re-titled version of the album Seventeen was due in 2006, her record label decided to delete the first album, making it a rarity.
2006–07: Out of My Hands
On the 19 June 2006, White released the second single from her second album, entitled "Don't Mistake Me", written by Absolute and Tracy Ackerman. The song peaked at No. 16 in the UK airplay chart, but reached only No. 48 in the UK Singles Chart. In 2006, the song featured in episode 5 of season 3 called "Oh, the Guilt!" of Grey's Anatomy. White's second album, Out of My Hands was released on 3 July 2006, and was half made up of tracks from Seventeen and the other half newly recorded songs. The album also included the third single from Seventeen, "The Weakness in Me". The album peaked at No. 55 in the UK Albums Chart.
The third single from the album, "I Choose Life", was a version of the Celine Dion song, "Ain't Gonna Look the Other Way". This was released on the 18 September 2006, reaching No. 63 in the UK chart.
White is also working with ByteNight, a charity event to raise money for the NCH to help stop youth homelessness. She, along with other celebrities, has designed a pillow-case which is now on auction at the ByteNight website. White was nominated for best UK female at the 2006 MOBO Awards, but lost out to Corinne Bailey Rae.
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