Jack White (born John Anthony Gillis, July 9, 1975), often credited as Jack White III, is an American musician, songwriter, record producer and occasional actor. He was the guitarist, pianist and lead vocalist of The White Stripes until they split in February 2011, and currently is well as a member of The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather. White's popular and critical success with The White Stripes enabled him to collaborate as a solo artist with other renowned musicians, such as Beck, The Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck, Alicia Keys, Bob Dylan, Electric Six, Insane Clown Posse, and Loretta Lynn, whose 2004 album “Van Lear Rose” he produced and performed on. He was awarded the title of Nashville Music City Ambassador by the Nashville mayor Karl Dean in 2011. He founded Third Man Records in Detroit, Michigan, in 2001. Third Man established its first physical location, a combination record store, performance venue, and headquarters for the label, in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2009.
White formed The White Stripes in 1997, along with Meg White, and the pair were previously married to each other, but are now divorced. The White Stripes used a low-fidelity, do-it-yourself approach to writing and recording. Their music featured a melding of punk rock and blues influences and a raw simplicity of composition, arrangement, and performance. The duo was also noted for their fashion and design aesthetic which featured a simple color scheme of red, white, and black as well as the band's obsession with the number three.
After releasing several singles and three albums within the Detroit music scene, the White Stripes rose to prominence in 2002, as part of the garage rock revival scene. Their successful and critically acclaimed albums, 2001’s “White Blood Cells” and 2003’s “Elephant” drew attention from a large variety of media outlets in the United States and the United Kingdom. They released “Get Behind Me Satan” in 2005 and “Icky Thump” in 2007. Their last three albums each won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album. After a long hiatus, The White Stripes formally announced their professional split in February 2011.
In 2003 he appeared in the film “Cold Mountain” and performed five songs for the film’s soundtrack: “Sittin' On Top Of The World,” “Wayfaring Stranger,” “Never Far Away,” “Christmas Time Soon Will Be Over” and “Great High Mountain.”
White formed The Raconteurs in 2005 along with Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler. The origin of the band was the eventual #1 hit single, “Steady, As She Goes” which White wrote along with Benson. This inspired them to create a full band with the addition of Lawrence and Keeler. The band came together in Detroit during 2005 and, for the remainder of the year, recorded when time allowed. The band's debut album “Broken Boy Soldiers” was released in 2006. Their second album, “Consolers of the Lonely,” and its first single, “Salute Your Solution,” were simultaneously issued in 2008.
In early 2009, Jack White formed a new group called The Dead Weather with The Kills frontwoman Alison Mosshart. White takes drum and vocal duties, while The Raconteurs bassist Jack Lawrence and Queens of the Stone Age keyboardist and guitarist Dean Fertita round the four piece out. The group’s debut album “Horehound,” was released in July 2009 on White's Third Man Records label. Their sophomore album, “Sea of Cowards” was released in May 2010, again on White's Third Man Records.
In 2009, White was featured in “It Might Get Loud,” a documentary film in which he, Jimmy Page, and The Edge come together to discuss the electric guitar and each artist's different playing methods. White's first solo single, “Fly Farm Blues,” was written and recorded in ten minutes during the filming of the movie, in August 2009. The single went on sale as a 7-inch vinyl record from Third Man Records.
White provided vocals to three songs on the 2011 album, “Rome” which was a collaboration between producer Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi, along with Norah Jones. The song “You Know That I Know,” finished and performed by White, was featured on “The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams,” tribute album, released in October 2011.
In January 2012 Third Man Records issued White’s song, “Love Interruption,” the first single from his upcoming debut solo album, “Blunderbuss.”