Artist Spotlight ~ Verity White

If Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac and Lzzy Hale of Halestorm had a love child, it would be Verity White.

Verity White is an award-winning singer (Akademia Awards : Best Alt-Rock Single (Too Much), Nominee Best Female Artist : Wigwam Online Radio Awards) with an exciting and powerful voice, who expresses a vast range of emotion in her music. She takes inspiration from various places – from 90’s rock bands to classic soul, industrial music through to electronica – her sound has been described as “Stevie Nicks turned up to 11, fronting Foo Fighters meets Royal Blood.”

Based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, Verity’s music focuses on the expression of true experiences and uses guitars, synths and strings to highlight these emotional memoirs. Her melodic rock singles “Too Much / Look Inside” (Feb 2017) are on the playlists of indie radio networks across the world. Stripped Bare – an acoustic EP, working with piano and acoustic guitars, was out in June and shows a softer side to Verity’s music. This was followed by “I Don’t Care” in August, the first single from the upcoming album (Breaking Out) which has had an amazing reception from critics and fans alike. Verity’s previously released EP – Parentheses was voted one of Koid9 Magazine’s best releases of 2016.

In 2016, Verity also joined the prog-rock band Pendragon as a backing vocalist, enjoyed a successful tour and continues to work with them today. She was the session vocalist for the soundtrack of the award-winning Robin of Sherwood reboot, Knights of the Apocalypse.

“I knew when I listened to (insert album name) for the first time” or “I knew when I saw The Beatles on Ed Sullivan.” Do you remember when you were bit by the music bug and knew this was your future?

Verity White: Apparently I was always singing and dancing when I was a child, so I don’t really know whether one moment made me decide to do it, or whether I just WAS it already, you know? I remember listening to their function band on the stairs when I should have been in bed and really loving it, but I don’t think I was conscious of it all until I was about 13 years old and I had a copy of Aretha Franklin’s Greatest Hits… and that voice, passion, soul and emotion just drove me and continues to influence me today. 

What’s been the toughest part of your musical journey so far?

Learning how to believe in myself and not take everything to heart. I’m still not great at it to be honest, but I’m getting better! Internal strength and self-belief are hard to grasp and harder to maintain in such an intense industry where everyone has an opinion. My vocal coach actually once told me something that helps – I think it’s a quote from somewhere but I can’t remember where –  “You’re never as bad as your worst review… but you’re never as good as your best review either” – I think that kinda sums up where your head needs to be in the music industry.

If you could bring back any musician who has passed away and perform with them, who would it be?

Kurt Cobain. He was amazing and such a fascinating person too. What he did for grunge music is immense and still reflected in music today. I recently watch Nirvana’s Reading Festival performance and it is just incredible. Even though Kurt’s vocals aren’t always in tune, it somehow doesn’t matter. Truly inspirational.

What’s been the strangest or most interesting job that you’ve ever had?

I can’t think of anything too strange so I’ll go for interesting! I also work as session vocalist for studios, and last year I had to emulate Enya’s vocals from Clannad for the soundtrack of a radio reboot of Robin of Sherwood, and you know what – Celtic singing is really hard, especially without rehearsal! I’d just turn up and be given a 4 part harmony to learn and then sing each of the parts through… I don’t know how to explain it but the harmony patterns don’t move in a ‘normal’ way and I found it a real struggle!

Are you a fan or rom-coms or horror movies? What are a few of your favorites?

I want to be cool and say horror as I do genuinely love Japanese horror films like Ju-On and the Ring… but to be honest I live for shitty rom-coms, I mean I KNOW THEY ARE AWFUL, but there’s something about the escapism that I truly enjoy. I personally don’t do serious very well, so I enjoy good comedy – like Bridesmaids, The Big Sick and Chasing Amy and even Breakfast at Tiffany’s (which makes me cry every time she leaves her cat – HOW COULD YOU DO THAT?!)

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