Infobox musical artist
Name = Bryan White
Background = solo_singer
Born = Birth date and age|1974|02|17cite web |url=http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:gxfuxqr5ldje~T1 |title=Bryan White biogrpahy |accessdate=2008-10-02 |last=Erlewine |first=Stephen Thomas |authorlink=Stephen Thomas Erlewine |work=
Lawton, Oklahoma, USA
Instrument = Vocals, drums
Genre = Country
Years_active = 1994-2000
Label = Asylum, Warner Bros.
Associated_acts = Pearl River
URL = http://www.bryanwhite.com/
Bryan White (born February 17, 1974 in
Lawton, Oklahoma) is an American country musicartist. Signed to Asylum Recordsin 1994 at age 20, White released his self-titled debut album that year. Both it and its follow-up, 1996's "Between Now and Forever", were certified platinum by the RIAA, and 1997's "The Right Place" was certified gold. His fourth album, 1999's "How Lucky I Am", failed to produce any major singles, and he was dropped from the label's roster.
White has charted seventeen singles on the "Billboard" country charts, of which four reached Number One: "Someone Else's Star" in 1995, "Rebecca Lynn" in 1996, and "Sittin' on Go" and "So Much for Pretending" in 1997. He was also a duet partner on the album version of
Shania Twain's 1998 single "From This Moment On", which peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Overall, he has recorded four studio albums, a Greatest Hits package, and three EPs.
White was born in Lawton,
Oklahoma. White is married to former soap opera actress Erika Pageof " One Life to Live" and is the father of Justin, born in October 2003 and Jackson, born in July 2005.
Before signing to
Asylum Recordsin 1994, White worked as a t-shirtvendor for the band Pearl River, a band which was signed to Liberty Recordsin the early 1990s. After the band broke up, several of its members joined his backing band.cite web |url=http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/090597/fea_ramblin.html |title=There will be lots of picking at Macon's Bluegrass Jam |accessdate=2008-10-01 |last=Rhodes |first=Don |date=1997-09-05 |work=The Augusta Chronicle] White released his debut single "Eugene You Genius" in late 1994. Although it failed to reach Top 40, his debut album was released. The next single, "Look at Me Now", peaked at #24, followed by the consecutive Number One hits " Someone Else's Star" (which Davis Danielhad previously recorded) and " Rebecca Lynn". The success of these latter two singles helped "Bryan White" achieve platinum status from the RIAA. Also in 1995, Sawyer Browncharted in the Top Five with "I Don't Believe in Goodbye", a song which White co-wrote with Scotty Emerickand Sawyer Brown lead singer Mark Miller. In 1996, he earned the Country Music Association's Horizon Award and the Academy of Country Music's Top Male Vocalist award.
White's second album, "
Between Now and Forever", was released in early 1996. Its lead-off, "I'm Not Supposed to Love You Anymore", reached #4 on the country charts, followed by the #1 " So Much for Pretending" (his longest-lasting Number One, at two weeks), the #15 "That's Another Song", and his fourth and final Number One hit, 1997's " Sittin' on Go". Like his debut album, "Between Now and Forever" was certified platinum. That same year, Diamond Riocharted with "Imagine That", which White co-wrote with former Pearl River member Derek George and Neil Thrasher, who was then recording on Asylum as one half of the duo Thrasher Shiver.
The Right Place" followed in 1997. Its title track, "Love Is the Right Place", was a Top 5 hit, although later singles proved less successful. "One Small Miracle" only reached Top 20, and "Bad Day to Let You Go" peaked in the thirties in 1998. Nonetheless, "The Right Place" was certified gold. Also in 1998, White made a guest appearance on Shania Twain's Top Ten country and pop hit "From This Moment On". The final single from "The Right Place", "Tree of Hearts", failed to make Top 40. White followed up the album with a Christmas EP. He also co-wrote and sang background vocals Lila McCann's late 1998 single "You're Gone".
A fourth album for Asylum, "
How Lucky I Am", followed in 1999. None of its singles reached higher than #38, and Asylum closed its Nashville division soon afterward. The label's parent company, Warner Music Group, issued a "Greatest Hits" album in 2000 on the Warner Bros. Recordslabel before dropping White from their roster. The same year, he sang several of the songs featured in the animation " Quest for Camelot" including "I Stand Alone" and the duet " Looking Through Your Eyes".
Being so young and then thrust into stardom so fast ended up taking its toll on White. As White has stated, "My identity was formed by the music industry...", and his career and success began defining who he was to himself. [cite web|url=http://bryanwhite.musiccitynetworks.com/index.htm?inc=59&blog_id=211&page_id=2902|title=Bryan's Testimony - Review|publisher=Bryan White.com|accessdate=2007-07-08] With his fourth album being less than successful, he started doubting himself and his talent which landed him in a deep depression, forcing him to take some time off until 2005, when he began work on another album. A second Christmas EP followed in 2006.
In 2007, Bryan White sang the song "God of Wonders" on Time Life's Songs 4 Worship Country CD and joined a cast of other popular artists for the collaborative project "Major Rising" to benefit The Melodical Hearts Foundation, the Oklahoma Children's Research Hospital, and many other artist-supported charitable organizations. The song was released on April 5, 2008, and 3 months later, the song peaked at #1 and stayed there for six weeks on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart. [cite web|url=http://www.melodicalhearts.org|title=The Melodical Hearts Foundation|publisher=MelodicalHearts.org|accessdate=2008-09-07]
A new album, "Dustbowl Dreams", was slated for a mid-2008 release date [cite web|url=http://www.bwadvocates.com|title=Career Updates & Promo|publisher=BWAdvocates.com / BryanWhiteFans.com|accessdate=2008-01-04] , but only a five-song EP entitled"Out of the Storm", containing five of the twelve songs from that album, was released. [cite web|url=http://bryanwhite.musiccitynetworks.com/index.htm?id=2702&loc=4|title=Out of the Storm - Review|publisher=Bryan White.com|accessdate=2007-05-11]
* [http://www.bryanwhite.com/ Official Bryan White Site]
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