Matthew E. White

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Matthew E. White
Photo by Kim Matthäi Leland
Photo by Kim Matthäi Leland
Background information
Born (1982-08-14) August 14, 1982 (age 38)
Virginia Beach, Virginia
OriginRichmond, Virginia
GenresRock, jazz
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
LabelsSpacebomb, Hometapes, Domino
Associated actsThe Great White Jenkins
Fight the Big Bull

Matthew E. White (born August 14, 1982) is an American singer-songwriter, producer, arranger, and founder of Spacebomb Records in Richmond, Virginia.


In 2011 White created the record label, Spacebomb Records, which aimed to make available a house band and record a wide variety of music.[1]

White released his debut album as a leader, Big Inner, in August 2012, the first from Spacebomb Records and co-released by Hometapes, which the New York Times called "a dramatic pop-gospel record that hits extremes of the mood spectrum."[2] Big Inner debuted at #19 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart,[3] and by the end of 2012, White had been named eMusic's Breakthrough Artist of 2012,[4] Paste magazine's Best New Act of 2012,[5] and a Consequence of Sound Rookie of the Year,[6] and Big Inner had appeared on multiple best of 2012 lists.[7][8] Domino released the album worldwide in January 2013,[9] and it received five stars from The Guardian[10] and was called "One of the great albums of modern Americana" by Uncut magazine.[11]

In addition to his solo work, White is also the leader of the avant-garde jazz big band Fight the Big Bull, for which he composes and arranges all music, and a former member of rock band The Great White Jenkins. He has collaborated with artists like Megafaun, Flo Morrissey, Justin Vernon, Hiss Golden Messenger, Sharon Van Etten, Steven Bernstein, Ken Vandermark, David Karsten Daniels, Foxygen and the Mountain Goats.



as Matthew E. White
Year Album Peak Certification
2012 Big Inner 85 12 143 25 85
2015 Fresh Blood 95 41
with The Great White Jenkins
  • 2007: Where Is Thy Sting?
  • 2008: Mussel Souls
with Fight the Big Bull
  • 2008: Dying Will Be Easy
  • 2010: All Is Gladness in the Kingdom
  • 2010: I Mean to Live Here Still (with David Karsten Daniels)

with Flo Morrissey


  1. ^ McElhinney, Peter (9 February 2011). "From the Attic to the Moon". Style Weekly. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  2. ^ Ratliff, Ben (17 August 2012). "Merging Textures Across the Decades". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Big Inner - Matthew E. White". Billboard. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  4. ^ Keyes, J. Edward. "2012 Breakthrough: Matthew E. White". eMusic. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  5. ^ "The Best Music of 2012 Issue". Paste mPlayer. Paste Magazine. Archived from the original on 16 February 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Readers' Poll 2012: The Results". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  7. ^ "Top 50 Albums of 2012". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  8. ^ "Albums of the Year: Honorable Mention". Pitchfork. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  9. ^ Minsker, Evan. "Watch Matthew E. White's "Will You Love Me" Video". Pitchfork. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  10. ^ Empire, Kitty (20 January 2013). "Matthew E White: Big Inner – review". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 26 January 2013.
  11. ^ Mulholland, Garry. "Matthew E. White - Big Inner". Uncut. Retrieved 26 January 2013.
  12. ^ Matthew E. White discography
  13. ^ Matthew E. White discography
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