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“White's inspiration comes from the 1970's and 1990's bands such as Van Morrison, Nirvana, Counting Crows, and Pearl Jam. While White is influenced by these bands from his past, his lyrics are inspired by his surroundings. "A lot of my lyrics come from the environment I am in especially if it's somewhere new to me. Also, from the people that I see that I know personally, and I put my own spin on it."”
“For the singer-songwriter whose work transcends the candy-coated immediacy of a three-minute pop song and attempts to dig deeper into the soul, the act of transferring that introspection on the stage too often becomes a necessary evil - a prison sentence far removed from the quiet of writing words on a notepad. Witness the famous reclusive moodiness of White's heroes as examples: Jackson Browne, Van Morrison and Adam Duritz of the Counting Crows. When White began writing songs in 1999, he quickly realized that in order for his dream to work, he would eventually have to get up on stage. He did. "At first, singing in front of 50 or 100 people was difficult," he said. "Eventually what began to happen was that I felt like two different people, and when I'm on stage, I feel like someone else, a person who's more accessible to others. It's almost like a split. It seems to be a running theme with songwriters, to go from being introspective and observant to being a performer."”
“White, who started singing and playing at open mic nights in college, has been playing music up and down the east coast for six years. He opened for national acts such as Third Eye Blind, Vertical Horizon, Katherine McPhee and Bowling For Soup. Taking most of his inspiration from the alternative 90's movement, White's song titles include "Walking Clean", "September", "Before I Go Out", and "Maybe, Amy".”
"Writing songs is like telling stories," White said. "I had always been a very observant guy, sort of introspective. I was not the kid who went to all the high school dances, but I didn't care. I knew who I was then, and I knew what I wanted to do later in life. Being in a band wasn't some fad I fell into in high school because I thought people would think I was cool. It was a part of me."
“His greatest songwriting inspiration is drawn from the confessional singer-songwriters of the 1970s such as Jackson Browne, Van Morrison, Billy Joel and James Taylor.”
“His greatest songwriting accomplishments have been his hits "September" and "Days With Diamonds." White finds new inspiration for his lyrics and unique melodies often when he is in a fresh or new environment or observing unfamiliar people and their interactions with each other.”
“Songs from the forthcoming indie CD you might hear at the concert include "Bloodshot;" "Maybe Amy," a longing tune about a relationship that didn't quite pan out; and a new composition titled "Before I Go Out." That last song, White said, is about people who "felt like they were on the borderline and never fit in."”
“Not only is Jordan a talented writer of emotionally driven lyrics, he also has a BA and MS in psychology. When asked why not pursue a career in that field, he answered at the time he just wasn’t playing out much. “[Music] wasn’t happening for me at the time.” But through that education White learned more about human emotion and interaction allowing his songs to develop and challenge himself more. “It wasn’t easy, but I love the field,” he says, “how you interpret the world and relationships, that is what a lot of my music is all about.””
“In September, White will perform at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem as part of the Rev It Up concert headlined by "American Idol" runner-up Crystal Bowersox and Hawthorne Heights to raise money for juvenile diabetes.”
“Inspired by 1970s artists like Jackson Browne, Van Morrison and Billy Joel, White also credits 1990s bands Counting Crows, The Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana for helping him find himself as a musician.”
“There’s an enormous element of faith and hope in the songs I write. Kind of saying “well I really made a mess of things this time, but I can’t wait to see what happens.” I’m extremely inspired and moved by the environment I’m in."”
“Right now, he does about 100 shows a year. That’s great for an artist building a career, but not so hot for White’s social life, since most of those performances are on Friday and Saturday nights. “I get invitations to parties, but I can’t go because I have a show. It’s rare to have a Friday or Saturday night off,” he said. “I feel my friends think I’m ditching them.” So, for White, performing is not just his livelihood, it’s his lifestyle.”
“Petersen: That’s really cool that you write your own songs…where do the ideas for your song lyrics come from? White: The songs are really inspired from the life that I lead and the lives that I see around me. They are about wounded people. People who are flawed and the flaws I find in myself. The way it feels to drive down the highway late on a summer night with the top down. The burning we feel when we pass someone who was once very important to us, but now neither person even acknowledges it. Being caught in that terrible grey area between what you want and what you can’t have. That’s not to say I can’t write about positive things. There’s an enormous element of faith and hope in the songs I write. I see both beauty and heartache in people. That inspires me.”
“Best moment: Proving people wrong who doubted me simply by never giving up and succeeding because of that determination. Do you know how many people, this includes other so-called musicians, ex-girlfriends, told me I should just give up? Not to mention some of the other bands that I've worked with. They want the fame and glory without any of the hard work and sacrifice. And if success doesn't come pounding on their doors within a few weeks they move onto something else. But I realized you need to work very hard to be successful at this. And I never gave up, and great things are starting to happen. How many other musicians have a song that was released nationally in this area, let alone on a major label? That's because I believed, and I scoffed at their criticisms.”
“He’s so obsessed with writing lyrics that he’ll sometimes pull over while driving to scribble down lines that enter his head. That results in fragments that he’ll put together. “I have pages and pages of these, basically they’re like orphan lyrics that need the music, which eventually comes but can take a while,” he says. Some orphan lyrics turn into songs with titles like “September,” “Where to Begin” and “Quarter Life Crisis,” which he says is a play on midlife crises for younger people.”
“White and KineticBlu have opened for acts such as Third Eye Blind and Vertical Horizon and White recently performed at the Millenium Music Conference, a music showcase that drew more than 300 national bands in Harrisburg, PA.”
“White said he always wanted to be a musician ever since his parents bought him a Casio keyboard when he was in second grade. Eventually, he learned how to play guitar and piano and began writing songs about six or seven years ago. “September" was included on a digital-only album from Sony Music (and still available from iTunes, Amazon and other MP3 retailers), after receiving more than 2 million plays on MySpace.”
“His songwriting has come so far he was nominated for two Lehigh Valley Music Awards in 2010, one for Best Songwriter and the other for Best Lyricist. At the ceremony in December, White debuted a new song called “Quarter-Life Crisis” in a solo acoustic performance. He also will play a showcase in February during the 15th annual Millennium Music Conference and Showcase in Harrisburg.”
“He's opened for big name artists like Third Eye Blind, Vertical Horizon, Katherine McPhee and, most recently, he helped us kick off another "Music Monday!" Singer/songwriter Jordan White, from Nazareth, stopped by 69 News at Sunrise to tell us how he's gained so many fans and so much recognition in just six years of performing in and around the Lehigh Valley.”
“Technically, KineticBlu has been in existence for a lot longer than the current line-up. The last attempt at a full band consisted of the three guys plus a bassist, but after a falling out, KineticBlu took a hiatus to work on other projects. Tara was discovered singing karaoke and asked to complete an acoustic trio with Kibler and White. Seeing how well the three worked together, they decided it was time to up their game, and brought back original member Lilly, who is now our drummer. Everything just clicked, and here we are.”
“I want it to be something which people can relate to and that listeners connect with it. I've had fans tell me how much they've been able to relate to the lyrics and that really makes it worthwhile. That's what I'm trying to accomplish, to transform an idea into music." I asked White if songs with more specific lyrics are more difficult for his audience to relate to. "Actually it seems that the more specific they are the stronger responses I get back from people." He looked away for a moment to think then returned to the conversation with a smile, "You know, sitting there writing some words that someone could be going over in the future. A relationship with someone I may have never met through the music."”
““I wrote the song about September because that’s when summer comes to an end,” band member Jordan White, 28, recalls. “And even though chances are we’ll get to see another summer, there’s the possibility that we won’t. We need to cherish everything in all moments.””
“This weekend's Rock The Fall festival at Blue Mountain Ski Area near Palmerton won't feature top national touring musical acts for its third annual run. But there's a lot that's new — a Rock 'n' Rib Fest, with four cooking contests, public chili judging and more. And it's all free this time. Regional music will perform on two stages. Among Saturday's acts are Meadowland, a New Jersey 'tween pop band that played at New Jersey's Bamboozle East festival, has been on the same bill as Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, and opened for the Jonas Brothers; Lansdowne, a Boston-based hard rock band that's been on a USO tour to Afghanistan. And regional rock bands UUU and The Job. Sunday will feature KineticBlu, Jesse Wade Gang, Becky and the Beasts and Under the Wire.”
“Morning Call columnist Bill White showed U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent's true colors regarding the controversial but never-to-be performance by the band Poker Face at Jake Towne's Freedom Concert. Unfortunately for Dent, he had already attempted to bar Towne from the debates a week before this controversy even began, then jumped on the Poker Face bandwagon. Bill White wrote: "Suddenly, Dent wasn't just a snooty establishment politician blocking the little guy from his debate. He was a crusader against bigotry." More like a snide opportunist. I am the lead singer for KineticBlu, the "other band" performing at Towne's Freedom Concert, so I feel quite close to this issue and have been appalled by Dent's actions.”
“There's a great respect and friendship that's come from working with each other in Kinetic Blue, and get getting to share our passion with others is a wonderful gift, and we're thankful for the opportunity.”
““I am the singer for KineticBlu, one of the bands performing at Jake Towne’s “Freedom Concert” on Friday to raise funds for his campaign. In Saturday’s Express-Times article, a spokesman for the Anti-Defamation League implied that Poker Face, a band also performing at the event, is anti-Semitic and xenophobic. My band and I would never agree to perform at any function where the notion of such hate exists, nor would we support any cause of that nature. I have known Towne since the seventh grade. He is of excellent character and a true gentleman. I know he will do a fantastic job when elected.””
"White’s emotional and melancholy songs have often left listeners with both a sense of relation, and a curiosity as to the inspiration for the song. “Much of what I write about deals with people leaving or me leaving, and dealing with the fact that leaving is very ambiguous. Leaving someone, leaving from somewhere, leaving something behind - caught between things we want and things we can't have. So if you're watching me sing these songs, you're also watching me trying to figure it all out.”
"In 'Where To Begin' there's this internal struggle to accept the difference between what you want and what you can never have. There's also a theme of isolation and trying to pick yourself up from it. Man, I can still remember the exact place I wrote it too. You see every summer we would rent a beach house down the shore in Wildwood, New Jersey, and one time in the middle of the night I was sitting out on the front patio alone, strumming my acoustic guitar, looking up at the sky and the song just came together right there. I knew I had something special after I played it through for the first time. It was totally silent outside, except you could hear the waves hitting the shore if you listened really hard. At that point I was feeling pretty low because of things that were happening in my life, so I sort of went out there to escape from it, and although I think that can help you, at least for a little while, soon the vacation will be over and you'll be going home."
“Foreplay featuring local acclaimed Musican Jordan White. White has played in nearly every venue in the Lehigh Valley as well as playing solo on WFMZ Channel 69’s Morning Show. Total Celeb.”
““The harmonies are the last thing and the hardest thing to nail. … I think we really nail the harmonies. Since we are three vocalists, it makes it interesting.””
“Singer Jordan White got to perform a nice solo set”
"In terms of this band, we view music as an amazing outlet and have discovered that it's all about how you choose to deal with what you're handed. We want to share the talent we were given, and give it back in a way that makes everyone believe in something - anything - better. "You see, music saved me when I was a kid. When I was 14 years old, I really didn't think I had much to live for. Now, let me preface this by saying we had a beautiful house and food and clothing and everything, so I know there are millions who had it worse and I feel bad saying this, but I was terribly unhappy and no one seemed to care. Despite this, all I had to do was listen to my favorite band at the time and I was all right for awhile. Music saved me from being another statistic. "I had always been musically inclined as a child and I decided that I would work the rest of my life to repay the debt I owe to it as a craft and as an art; to help someone else who may be in my situation."
“This track has to be one of my favorite ones from Jordan White. It's about realizing that you shouldn't give up hope for the one thing you want the most because unbeknown to you, it could be right in front of you the whole time but you just need to open your eyes and see it standing in front of you and hope that the chance to be "found" doesn't pass you by. If I had to grade this song with the highest being a 10 it would be higher than that. It's well sung as well as put together musically. The tones and rhythem get stuck in your head and before you know it you're singing it every where you go.”
““I really like lyrics that are personal. I know that they have to make them broader for some people to make it applicable to other people’s lives, but there’s a fine line between doing that and making it obvious.””
“•How band came together: Jordan White & Brian Kibler played together in the band KineticBlu, after that band went on a hiatus we picked up Tara Crowe for our acoustic shows. •Our music in four words: Heart, melody, feeling, memories. •Influences: Jackson Browne, Jewel, Guns 'N Roses, The Church, Counting Crows, John Mayer •You'll enjoy us if you like: Counting Crows, Third Eye Blind, and any good bands.”
“Influences: White notes a diversity of influences -- from singer-songwriters like Jackson Browne and Van Morrison to bands like Led Zeppelin, The Clash, The Church and Butch Walker.”
“Singer/songwriter Jordan White has been playing his mainly acoustic-based rock songs across the Lehigh Valley for the past four years. He received warm responses from audiences and played shows on 90.3 WXLV FM including the "Phil Stahl Radio Show" recently. He has performed as far west as Chicago and as far south as Florida, and has been featured in various media outlets such as TV, magazine, and DVD. He is also part of a group of musicians from across the United States who came together to play benefit shows to aid those in need, such as the victims of the December 2004 Tsunami in Asia, Hurricane Katrina, and those suffering from Leukemia and other illnesses. White's original song "Baby's Breath" was chosen by Bamboo Bird Records and landed on the compilation CD entitled "Care Package" for the victims.”
“The campaign will be holding a Freedom Concert on Friday, July 30th to celebrate the campaign’s progress so far!! You won’t want to miss this event!! We will be celebrating filing for ballot access!”
“Each year, First Night Bethlehem provides cultural entertainment in venues throughout the city. This alcohol-free celebration of the New Year features folk, choral and instrumental music; swing, blues and rock bands; magicians, clowns and much more.”
“White's tenor vocals have been compared to a young "Billy Joel", Dicky Betts of the Allman Brother's Band, even a determined duplication of Axel Rose”
“Tunes at Twilight: KineticBlu”
“I've always been into music and defined myself with music. I don't feel I'm the best communicator, so I write songs. Around 12 years old, I started to listen to Nirvana and Guns N Roses and liked the way they tackled their demons through music.”
“It's a collective effort. Many of our songs are ideas or melodies that I have and I bring them to the band in a raw, acoustic form. My thing is lyrics; I work really hard on them and they're very important to me. Our fans are very intelligent and sensitive people, and they can spot a fake. So I spend weeks and weeks changing and tinkering with the lyrics to one single song. Sometimes I'll even change the lyrics in the middle of performing the song.”
“SU grad student Jordan White is making not only a name for himself on campus, but in the music world as well. Returning to work on his psychology degree from East Strourdsburg University, the budding singer/songwriter and musician has already opened for bands such as Third Eye Blind, Bowling for Soup and Katherine McPhee. While there are many bands that White cites as inspiration, including Jackson Browne and Counting Crowes, he holds many bands as personal favorites. But, what does a fellow artist look for in a band? “I like a lot of the confessional singer/songwriter movement. There was Jeff Buckley in the ’90s and today, there are John Mayer and James Blunt. “I really like lyrics that are personal. I know that they have to make them broader for some people to make it applicable to other people’s lives, but there’s a fine line between doing that and making it obvious.” ...”
"White's tenor voice mixes beauty with vulnerability and a sense of dramatic tension. It is well suited to bring out the many facets of his often complicated songs."
"For White, dealing with change and fighting a relentless obsession with the past are what influences his songwriting."
"A diversity of influences - from singer-songwriters like Jackson Browne and Van Morriison to bands like Led Zepplin and The Clash."
"From playing the piano at age 6 to choir at 11 and playing guitar at 13, Jordan White's musical roots run deep."
"His main story may be of course just at the beginning, but it remains a source of inspiration to all those who witness it and all those who ever imagined getting a little bit closer to their dream."