Peter White (musician)

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Peter White
Peter White, San Diego, 2009
Peter White, San Diego, 2009
Background information
Born (1954-09-20) 20 September 1954 (age 67)
Luton, England
GenresSmooth jazz
InstrumentsGuitar, accordion, piano, harmonica
LabelsColumbia, ARTizen, Peak, Heads Up
Associated acts

Peter White (born 20 September 1954) is an English musician and composer who plays guitar, piano, accordion and harmonica. He is known for his 20-year collaboration with Al Stewart. Peter's brother, Danny White, was one of the original members who formed the UK-based band Matt Bianco.[1]

Musical career[edit]

Early career with Al Stewart[edit]

Born in Luton, England,[2] White first gained fame with his distinctive guitar style as accompanist to singer/songwriter Al Stewart. He started in Stewart's band in 1975 at the age of 20, then relocated to Los Angeles in 1978. During a 20-year tenure with Stewart, he co-wrote many songs, including Stewart's 1978 top-ten hit "Time Passages" and “Midnight Rocks” (which reached #24 on the US charts) in 1980. That same year he formed Shot In The Dark, a band which backed Stewart and released an eponymous album in 1981.[3]


In 1984 White’s brother Danny White invited him to play on the Matt Bianco debut album Whose Side Are You On?. He played acoustic guitar (uncredited) on the song "Half A Minute" featuring vocalist Basia. This recording marked the first time that the two brothers had collaborated musically. In 1987 White continued his association with Basia by playing guitar on her Time and Tide album, co-produced by his brother Danny. He subsequently played on all of Basia’s following studio albums and joined her on two world tours, in 1990 and 1994. In 1996 Basia returned the favor by singing on White's album Caravan of Dreams, on the single "Just Another Day".[4]

Producing and Solo Work[edit]

In 1989 White co-produced the album “The Clock and the Moon” by singer Skipper Wise.[5] In return Wise co-produced White’s first two solo albums, Reveillez-Vous in 1990 and Excusez-Moi in 1992. Many other solo albums by Peter White followed which resulted in several songs reaching the top of the Billboard Smooth Jazz Songs chart. #1 hits include "Midnight in Manhattan", featuring Grover Washington, Jr. (1998), "What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)" featuring Sam Riney (2006), "Mister Magic" featuring Bob James (2007), "Bright" (2009), "Good Day (2010), "Here We Go" featuring Dave Sanborn (2012), "Head Over Heels" featuring Rick Braun (2014), and "Do I Do" (2017).[6]

Even after releasing three solo CDs, White continued to work with Al Stewart and Basia, eventually co-producing Stewart’s Famous Last Words CD in 1993. As a solo artist White has recorded and performed with many other instrumental artists including Boney James, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Grover Washington Jr., Gerald Albright, Dave Koz, and Brian Culbertson.[7]

In 1981, White met Creed Bratton, a founding member of The Grass Roots. Over the next decade, White used his home studio to record many of Bratton’s songs, playing guitar and keyboards. These songs were eventually compiled into 3 CDs: Coarsegold, Chasin’ the Ball, and The 80’s, released in 2001 and 2002. The CDs marked Bratton’s debut as a solo artist 30 years after he had left The Grass Roots.[citation needed]



Year Title US Jazz[8] US Con. Jazz[9] Label
1990 Réveillez-Vous Chase Music
1991 Excusez-Moi 14 Sindrome
1993 Promenade 36 8
1994 Reflections 16 13
1996 Caravan of Dreams 4 5 Columbia
1997 Songs of the Season 13 9
1998 Perfect Moment 3 3
2001 Glow 4 2
2004 Confidential 3 2
2006 Playin' Favourites 4 2
2007 Peter White Christmas 12 5 ARTizen
2009 Good Day 2 2 Peak
2013 Here We Go 3 1 Heads Up
2014 Smile 3 1
2016 Groovin' 2 1
2019 Music for STARLUX Airlines 14 3 Lobster Music


Year Title US Jazz[10] Label
2006 What Does It Take (To Win Your Love) 1 Columbia
2007 Mister Magic 1 ARTizen
2009 The Little Drummer Boy (with Rick Braun and Mindi Abair) 28 Peak
2009 Bright 1
2010 Good Day 7
2012 Here We Go 1 Heads Up
2013 Night after Night 14
2014 Head Over Heels 1
2015 Smile 5
2017 Do I Do 1
We Don't Talk Anymore (Rick Braun featuring Peter White) 3
Groovin 15
2019 Last Dance (Jackiem Joyner featuring Peter White) 15 Lobster Music
2020 Flying High 22


Peter White won the award for best Smooth Jazz Musician in the 2007 Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards. He was named the Best Guitarist at the National Smooth Jazz Awards for four consecutive years from 2000–2003.

In 2000, White won three Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards:

  • CD of the Year for Perfect Moment
  • Song of the Year for "Midnight in Manhattan" with Grover Washington, Jr.
  • Best Guitarist


  1. ^ Schendell, Bonnie (12 March 2004). "Peter White".
  2. ^ "Peter White Fan Club". Archived from the original on 15 July 2011. Retrieved 18 June 2010.
  3. ^ "Peter White Biography by Ed Hogan". Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  4. ^ "Peter White Biography". Peter Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  5. ^ "The Clock and the Moon". Skipper Wise.
  6. ^ Peter White Song Chart History.
  7. ^ "Peter White".
  8. ^ "Peter White: Top Jazz Albums". Billboard.
  9. ^ "Peter White: Top Contemporary Jazz Albums". Billboard.
  10. ^ "Peter White: Smooth Jazz Songs". Billboard.

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