“Without passion man is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth its spark." - Henri-Frédéric Amiel, Journal, 17 December 1856
With a quote like this being someone's motto, one must truly have a passion for what they do. J.E White, is just that. This hard- working woman of God has many accomplishments such as singing classical music at Carnegie Hall, background vocals for Mali Music and Jessica Reedy, sharing a stage with Tye Tribbett and Kirk Franklin, and most proud moment to date being asked to travel to Italy as a featured soloist at St.Peters Basilica and other well known places across Italy.
J.E. White started singing when she was three years old and began learning instruments at the age of six. "At three I was too young to join the church choir but it's all I thought about until I was old enough. I knew all of the songs and I wanted nothing more than to be able to sing". As time went on, her love for music increased tremendously. Inspired by music legends such as Donny Hathaway, Mahalia Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Julie London, Nat King Cole, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Cole Porter, The Clark Sisters, Donald Lawrence, Ricky Dillard, Hezekiah Walker, John Coltrane, John P Kee, Richard Smallwood, Sarah Vauhan and the list goes on.
However, her true inspiration and love of music came from her oldest brother. Being extremely close, she picked up his love of music and never stopped. Not only her brother, but her father as well. When she was young, J E White would do just about everything with her father. He was a percussionist and of course... he loved music. Having two people in her life so close to her, it would seem unfair and a reason to lose passion in her gift when they passed away six weeks apart from each other. (Father ~December 14, 2008 & Brother~February 7, 2009). This was indeed very hard to overcome, but her faith in God was all she had left. In all this, feeling alone and taken out of her comfort zone, she overcame the loss of two people very dear to her by finding her own way and back into the heart of her music. Her brother and father were her biggest fans. The first song Ms. White ever recorded, she was about 12 or 13. Her god-brother received some tracks from a producer in Miami. In her mom's living room , with a computer mic and a really old music recording program, she free styled on her first record.
J.E White, from a musical beginning to a hardship and now an overcomer is currently working with grant writers to get funding for her first organization called Composition Virtue. Through this organization, she wants to have programs for young girls and young women alike to teach them about the arts and the different outlets that the arts provide. She hopes to incorporate workshops, master classes, and seminars, teaching girls and young women that there is nothing wrong with being themselves.
Aside from giving back what God has given to her, she released her first single "Thats Love" in August 2012 which debuted at number 22 on the Itunes charts, and her debut EP From The Heart of Me: Vol 1 The Introduction hit the charts in its debut week at number 4. The now Owner of J E White Music Group, is working hard! Her new single War is out toping the charts at number 10 in its first week of release July 2016!!! Stay on the look out for her next single 'Change Me' slated for release February of 2017! J E is currently working on her first full album, slated for completion Fall '16, and release in the Summer of 2017!
What else does the Tampa, Florida resident have in store? One can only sit back and watch God elevate her into higher heights