Tribute to Jack White – Is there anything he can’t do?

John Anthony Gillis, better know to the world as Jack White, seems to have tackled every corner of the music industry. The American musician, of Scottish and Polish descent,  is a backup and lead vocalist, a guitarist, a pianist, and a record producer. He has been the backbone of many projects and has even taken on acting roles, not to mention he is now married to a supermodel.

In the 1990s, while working during the day as an upholsterer, Jack White was a part-time musician in various underground bands. The White Stripes was formed by him seven years later with his ex-wife Meg White.

In 2005 he formed The Raconteurs with Brendon Benson, Jack Lawrence, and Patrick Keeler. It was a good year for White because he also met his wife, British model Karen Elson, when she appeared in The White Strips music video for “Blue Orchid”. They got married later that same year.

In 2007 Jack White played Elvis Presley in the comedy Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story with John C. Reilly.

He collaborated with Alicia Keys to create the theme song for the James Bond film Quantum of Solace called “Another Way to Die” in 2008.

He formed the group The Dead Weather in 2009 with the front woman of The Kills. The band consists of Jack Lawrence from The Raconteurs on base, Dean Fertita from Queens of the Stone Age on keyboard, Jack White as backup vocals and drums, and Alison Mosshart from The Kills as lead vocals.

In 2009, he was featured in the film It Might Get Loud where he discusses electric guitars with Jimmy Page and The Edge. The same year, during the filming of the movie, he wrote and recorded his first solo single called “Fly Farm Blues”.

I was inipired to arrange this tribute to Jack White because I read recently that he and Jay-Z have just done a record together. If that isn’t amazing, I don’t know what is. They were recently working on a song together and White explained:

“It was incredible. I played him something that I’ve been kicking around for a while and he immediately came out with words for it. It’s unbelievable sounding.”

He confirmed that the pair had hooked up for the collaboration, but unfortunately wouldn’t reveal when, or if, it would be released.


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