Vanessa White

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Vanessa White
Vanessa White 2014.jpg
White at the Royal Albert Hall in 2014
Background information
Birth name Vanessa Karen White
Born (1989-10-30) 30 October 1989 (age 27)
Yeovil,[1] Somerset, England
Origin London, England
Genres R&B, pop, dance-pop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, dancer, actress
Instruments Vocals, keyboard, guitar, piano
Years active 2004–present
Labels Polydor, Interscope
Associated acts The Saturdays, Olly Alexander, Vince Kidd
Website The Saturdays

Vanessa Karen White (born 30 October 1989) is an English singer-songwriter, dancer and actress. She rose to fame in 2008 as a member of British-Irish girl group The Saturdays, signed to Fascination and Polydor Records. The group have achieved substantial success with numerous top-ten hits as well as a number one single. She is the youngest member of the group.[2]

Early life[edit]

Vanessa White was attracted to performing from a young age and attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School on Saturdays before being offered a full-time place and moving to Stratford, London with her family when she was five.[3] She applied for The Brit School, but was turned down. She appeared in several theatre productions, including the West End production of The Lion King as Young Nala and also played one of the King's daughters in The King And I from 2000–2002.[4] She has a brother, Ryan and sister, Celine.[5]


2007–14: The Saturdays[edit]

White in 2011

Members refer to her as "our Christina Aguilera" due to her extensive vocal range. Initially, White and band member Una Healy had the strongest relationship, as they discovered that they were very alike. However, she has grown to love the other members all the same.[6] She has also received comparison to American singers Alicia Keys, Beyoncé and Mariah Carey.[2][7]

During June and July 2009, White toured the UK with The Saturdays (The Work Tour). Before she was about to go on stage for the second show of the tour in Dundee, White tripped over a cable backstage and tore a ligament in her ankle and missed a large proportion of the show that night. Once paramedics had strapped up her foot, she was permitted to join the band on stage in a wheelchair. White spent the next few shows appearing on stage sitting on a bar stool and gradually began to stand for more and more songs as the tour progressed, before being able to perform her choreography again.

White is the only member of The Saturdays to have a solo in every song in their debut album, Chasing Lights.

Along with the other members of the group, White has co-written a track on their second album, Wordshaker, titled "Deeper". It was written in a two-day studio session.

White provided additional vocals on Master Shortie's debut album ADHD on the track 'Swagger Chick'. The album was released on 27 July 2009. In January 2010, White participated in the first series of the ITV celebrity reality television programme Popstar to Operastar. She was the second contestant eliminated, on 22 January. In 2013 she featured on Vince Kidd's song "The Zoo"; the music video debuted on YouTube on 20 April 2013.

2015-present: Chapter One, debut solo album and Chapter Two[edit]

On 21 September 2015, she released her first solo track entitled "Relationship Goals." The song is intended as a preview of her solo album which is to follow in 2016.[8] On 13 November 2015, she released her official debut single, "Don't Want to Be Your Lover", with the music video for the song was also released on the same day. On January 7, 2016 she released the single "Nostalgia," and announced that it, alongside her two previously released tracks, would be included on her debut EP, Chapter One. The EP was released on February 19, 2016 and was followed by another promotional single, "Lipstick Kisses". On 8 September 2016 she released a new single, "Low Key", which will be included her on her second EP Chapter Two.

Personal life[edit]

Vanessa has been dating menswear stylist Gary Salter since 2012.[9]


Extended Plays[edit]

List of extended plays
Title Album details
Chapter One
  • Released: February 19, 2016
  • Label: Karma Artist Recordings
  • Formats: Digital download
Chapter Two[10]

As lead artist[edit]

Single Year Peak chart positions Album
"Don't Wanna Be Your Lover" 2015 Chapter One
"Nostalgia" 2016
"Low Key"
(featuring Illa J)
Chapter Two

Promotional singles[edit]

Single Year Peak chart positions Album
"Relationship Goals"
(featuring Chloe Martini)
2015 Chapter One
"Lipstick Kisses"
(featuring Wretch 32)

As featured artist[edit]

Single Year Peak chart positions Album
"Swagger Chick"
(Master Shortie featuring Vanessa White)
2009 A.D.H.D
"The Zoo"
(Vince Kidd featuring Vanessa White)
2013 Oddball

Music videos[edit]

Single Year Featured Director
"The Zoo" 2013 Vince Kidd Katia Ganfield
"Relationship Goals" 2015 Aaron Renfree
"Don't Want to Be Your Lover" -
"Nostalgia" 2016 -
"Lipstick Kisses" Wretch 32 -


  1. ^ "Vanessa White Biography". IMDB. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Saturday Fight Fever Daily Star. 4 March 2009. Retrieved 2012-01-01.
  3. ^ Wilson, Benji (30 January 2010). "The Saturdays: Pop music's new high-flyers". London: Daily Mail. Retrieved 10 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Vanessa White". My Celebrity Fashion. Retrieved 10 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Vanessa White". The Saturdays Central. Retrieved 10 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "Official Site". The Saturdays. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "The Saturdays – Any Day of the Week". Retrieved 30 April 2009. 
  8. ^
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  10. ^ "SRNO keeps Vanessa White's track "Low Key"". Retrieved 28 October 2016. 

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