John Anthony Gillis, famously known as Jack White, was born on July 9, 1975, in Detroit. He is an American musician, singer, actor, songwriter and record producer. He was the lead singer and guitarist of The White Stripes rock duo but has also had success as a solo artist. Among the genres he specializes in are; rock, blues rock, folk rock, blues, country.
Having taught himself the drums and the guitar, by nineteen years of age Jack White started his professional career as a drummer for the band Goober & the Peas and was still in that position when the band broke up in 1996. And it was in 1997 that he met Meg White and they formed the band -The White Stripes with their first show at the Gold Dollar in Detroit.
It is interesting to note that the couple presented themselves as siblings even though they were married, and it was he who had taken on her name – White. Having taken part in many local bands in Detroit, it was not until 1999 that duo released their debut album "The White Stripes" which was followed by the cult classic "De Stijl". This album brought Jack White to recognition since it peaked at number 38 in Billboard's Independent Albums Chart.
The White Stripes released their third album "White Blood Cells" in 2001 which made it one of the more acclaimed bands of 2002. This was followed in 2003 with their fourth album "Elephant", as equally dark and successful as their previous album. It was in this album that the “Seven Nation Army” became the band’s signature song, and it reached number one on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart for three continuous weeks, winning the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Rock Song, and becoming an international sporting and protest anthem.
The band’s fifth album "Get Behind Me Satan" was recorded in Jack White’s home. This album marked a change in the musical direction of the band with more piano and guitar playing by Jack White. This was followed by sixth album the "Icky Thump" in 2007. This album was recorded in Nashville at Blackbird Studio and was a return to the blues and garage-rock. It debuted at number two in US Billboard 200 chart as well as entering the UK albums chart at number one.
It was in the year 2011, the duo officially announced their decision to stop recording and performing music under the band The White Stripes stating different reasons contributed to the decision.
White has also proved his success as a solo artist and the most prominent is the album "Lazaretto" – and it earned him three Grammy Awards 2014 preceded by "Blunderbuss" in 2012.
In 2015 Jack White announced he would take a break from live music performances and has only taken part slightly with other artists while concentrating his efforts on self-recording and producing through his own recording house – Third Man Records.
Lately, he released his third solo album "Boarding House Reach" on March 23, 2018. The album managed positive reviews and hence became commercially successful. Upon release, the album topped US Billboard 200 to become his third album to top the chart.