| Emily Jane White|
She's The Queen
| Singer-songwriter, musician|
Milan Records, Talitres Records, Important Records, Double Negative Records, Saint Rose Records
Singer-songwriter · emilyjanewhite.com
University of California, Santa Cruz
Ode to Sentience, Blood / Lines, Dark Undercoat
Indie rock, Indie pop, Folk rock, Post-rock, Sadcore, Neofolk
Frank Fairfield, Alela Diane, A‑WAX, Mariee Sioux, Rachel Sermanni
Vocals, guitar, piano
Emily Jane White Wikipedia
Emily Jane White is an American singer and songwriter from Oakland, California who has released five solo albums and toured internationally.
White was raised in the seaside town of Fort Bragg,. Her father worked in the merchant marine, shipping in and out of Oakland, and her mother was a special education teacher for the Mendocino School District. She first began to play music at age 5, but didn't enjoy the linear approach to piano lessons and preferred improvisation and playing by ear. At the age of 12 her father taught her chords on the guitar. At the age of 16 she wrote her first songs. She moved to Santa Cruz where she graduated in American Studies at UC Santa Cruz in 2003. White's first musical explorations came as a member of punk and metal bands in college. She later branched off with her own group called Diamond Star Halos. After college and spending time in Bordeaux, France, she moved to San Francisco to perform.
On 2 November 2007, White released her first album, Dark Undercoat, through Double Negative Records. It was released on Talitres in Europe and as a vinyl LP in 2008 by Saint Rose Records. It included the song "Wild Tigers I Have Known", the title track of the Cam Archer film of the same name. Archer would later direct a number of videos for the album. She later described the album as "really basic, it sounds like demos". For live performances, White was supported by Jen Grady and Carey Lamprecht on strings.
Her second album, entitled Victorian America, was released in October 2009 in Europe on Talitres, and on 27 April 2010 in the U.S. by Milan Records. It was recorded in San Francisco and Oakland. White had written a number of songs that she worked on with her band for "basically a year and a half before we went and recorded". Compared to her debut, she described it as "more of an ambitious record". The song "Liza" appeared on digital streaming platforms prior to the US release.
Her third album is entitled Ode to Sentience. The first single, "Requiem Waltz", first appeared on American Songwriter.
White appears on the song "Seeds" on Lonely Drifter Karen's 2010 album Fall of Spring.
In December 2013, White released Blood/Lines that included a contribution by Marissa Nadler. It was described as "a new stylistic development in her repertoire" and having a "neo-gothic feel".
In June 2016 the release of the new album was confirmed and preceded by the single "Frozen Garden". In July 2016, White released her fifth album They Moved in Shadow All Together that was described as "bringing her concern for race and gender equality to the fore of her poetic folk-pop". The album was recorded over a two-year period at the Tiny Telephone Studio in San Francisco.
White explained her interest in "the shadow side of life" by stating that "you can unveil and sort of reveal…subtleties and nuances and undercurrents of things that are existing but no one wants to talk about". The song "The Black Dove" was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. White noted that "As a white person, there are so many misconceptions to what racism is, but the fact that you can turn a blind eye to issues of racial brutality is a symptom of being white". Her literary inspirations are often cited to be Cormac McCarthy, Emily Brontë, Edna St. Vincent Millay and Edgar Allan Poe.