William White
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William White

Bern, Bern, Switzerland | Established. Jan 01, 2005 | INDIE

Bern, Bern, Switzerland | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2005
Band World Reggae




"William White, séducteur du château"

Les escaliers sont humides, le ciel fait encore grise mine. B-Connected, groupe acid-jazz, a eu la lourde tâche de capter et de réchauffer un public refroidi par le vent. Une de ces entrées en scène que l’on n’envie pas. Quelques spectateurs éparpillés ont applaudi timidement une musique maîtrisée mais peut-être trop difficile d’accès, en ce vendredi soir au ciel menaçant. Pendant ce temps, William White, le vrai héros de la soirée, se promène décontracté entre stands de gaufres et de bières. Il prendra possession des lieux à peine deux heures plus tard, devant une place du Château pleine à craquer.

Voix chaude, sourire ravageur, favoris fournis, T-shirt moulant, bouclettes et bronzage juste comme il faut: voilà l’homme de la situation pour faire réchauffer l’atmosphère de la Cité! Sweet Love, Can’t Stop Loving You, Try a Little Love, Take it Or Leave it: autant de morceaux sensuels, efficaces et groovy que son public connaît par cœur. Excepté pour un instrumental endiablé au tambourin, le chanteur helvético-barbadien sera resté assis durant tout le concert, en fusion avec sa guitare sèche. Les sept musiciens du groupe qui l’accompagne, The Emergency, forment une magnifique cohésion de cuivres, percussions et djembé (à fleur), batterie, basse, guitare et claviers. Des arrangements tout en finesse pour une musique naviguant entre reggae, soul pop et funk. Un régal.
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"William White"

A rather non-descript young man with tousled hair and wearing a pink tee shirt seats himself on an isolated stool on the stage which Ben Harper will soon occupy with all his musical entourage. The first plucked strings cause the crowd to stop and pay attention, the first lines sung give rise to surprise and admiration and transport us into a carefree reverie. We knew about William White a long time before this concert, but it was on this evening that I really felt the breadth of his charisma for the first time - 7sky Magazine


Other Albums: EVOLUTION (2008) / UNDONE (2005)



WIlliam White is an Independent Musician from Barbados currently living in Switzerland.
He was born on the 15th of June 1972 on a small farm in the hills overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, on the Island of Barbados. Mom loved Beethoven ... Dad loved quiet ...
William loved to sing. It was the time when a ride through the country roads would be filled with music;
Bob Marley and the Wailers booming at the rum shop on the corner, Marvin Gaye out of the window of the house a little further on, Sam Cooke, then Curtis Mayfield. The old folks were listening to Nat King Cole, Harry Belafonte, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, and a Church Congregation could get louder than anybody’s HiFi. Music was everywhere and although he didn’t quite understand what it meant yet, William was hooked … Now the name William White is well known on the biggest stages in Switzerland.

His songs carry a message of love for music, and a yearning for peace.

His own mix of reggae, funk, soul and folk has won him many fans and a solid radio status nationwide.
The eight piece band „William White and The Emergency“ have played stages in Switzerland as well as Germany, Austria, France, Holland and Italy.

FREEDOM (2011)
On the 3 of June 2011, William White's 3rd Album FREEDOM was successfully released in Switzerland, independently and entered at N07 the Top10 Swiss Album Charts. This 3rd Opus was entirely written, produced and recorded by William White in "The Wagon". A 100 year old Circus Wagon, which was completely restored by William White in 2009/2010. (See photos on website). The singles "How can I be Free", "Soul Rider" and "Sailing" enjoyed nationwide radio airplay...
Info: Summer 2011, William White and his 8tet performed at the well-known Paléo Fesitival, MAINSTAGE, Rock Oz'Arènes (Mainstage), Star of Sounds and many others...

Other Highlights: William White's solo appearances as supporting act for Ben Harper in Geneva and Basel, Xavier Rudd in Zurich, Gabriel Rios in Paris and Amsterdam, Archive in Winterthur, John Butler Trio in Zurich, Shivaree in Zurich and recently Simple Minds BEA Expo Bern, or opening with his 8tet for Ziggy Marley in Lugano, Tessin. (We had to turn down a few opening Act because of our own tours: Tracy Chapman, Bob Dylan and Counting Crows!)

PRESS: "William White is considered an important and established Act in the Swiss music scene. With his melodious songs filled with strong messages - it's about love, freedom, justice and respect. As once Bob Dylan, Neil Young or Bob Marley, William White strives to make the content of his music his priority, without sacrificing any quality. William White and his band are one of the best live acts in the country!"(Various Press 2012)