|Associated acts Great White|
Movies Great White: Live & Raw
|Name Jack Russell|
Music group Great White (1981 – 2000)
|Born December 5, 1960 (age 55) (1960-12-05) |
Origin Montebello, California, USA
Genres Hard rock, heavy metal, glam metal
Occupation(s) Lead singer, musician, songwriter, record producer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, percussion, harmonica
Similar People Mark Kendall, Michael Lardie, Audie Desbrow, Ty Longley, Sean McNabb
Jack Russell (born December 5, 1960), is an American rock vocalist. He is a founding member of the American hard rock band Great White.
Russell was born in Montebello, California. He grew up with influences such as Robert Plant and Steven Tyler, and became a vocalist for many bands in high school and later on. He met Mark Kendall in a concert and began plans to form a band called Dante Fox. Band manager Alan Nivel and Kendall decided to change the name of the band to Great White because "that was Mark Kendall’s nickname. He had very white hair and very light complexion. They called him The Great White". Russell has been in the band from 1981 to the present day, except for taking three years off from 1996 to 1999 to record and release a solo album, entitled Shelter Me. He also released a second solo album entitled For You in 2002. According to Great White's website, Russell's ancestry is English, Irish and Native American.
As of 2009, Jack has been on hiatus from Great White, due to a fall in his bathroom. Jack cracked two vertebrae and herniated a disc in the fall. Jack had multiple back surgeries and was using a plethora of pain medication. Along with alcoholism and pain killers, the death of good friend, Warrant singer Jani Lane, propelled him to get help and become sober. On March 25, 2011, Russell married his girlfriend Heather Ann Kramer. Now fully recovered, he formed his own faction of Great White with a brand-new lineup in December 2011. To avoid confusion, he named the band "Jack Russell's Great White."
In 2012 Russell guest starred on VH1 Classics "That Metal Show", where he revealed his side of the Great White story, and how he was feeling well and ready for more.
As of September 2012, Russell continues to tour with Jack Russell's Great White.
Once Bitten Twice Shy
Save Your Love
Somebody to Love
House of Broken Love
The Angel Song
Lady Red Light
Face The Day
Can't Shake It
Call It Rock 'n' Roll
We Will Rock You
Never Trust a Pretty Face
Love Is a Lie
Rock 'n' Roll
Down at the Doctors
Bitches & Other Women
Going to California
Heart the Hunter
Old Rose Motel