Laura White

Laura White
Background information
Birth name Laura Jane Amanda White
Born Atherton, Greater Manchester, England
Genres Singer/songwriter, soul, jazz
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, piano
Years active 2008–present
Associated acts The X Factor 2008 finalists

Laura Jane Amanda White (born 31 August)[1] is an English singer-songwriter from Atherton in the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan Greater Manchester.

She is also known for finishing in eighth place on the fifth series of The X Factor in 2008 and being the only singer to date raised in parliament on her exit of the show.


White has also written songs for other artists including Alicia Keys, Jess Glynne, Rita Ora and Stooshe.[2][3] White had her first number one with artist Gin Lee in 2012, also penned songs for many Danish artists and Winner Lisa Lois. White wrote 'New York Raining' for Rita Ora & Charles Hamilton. The song was also featured on US TV Show Empire and Soundtrack, also grammy nominated 2015. White also wrote and featured as a vocalist on Galantis single 'Love on Me.' In 2016 White also confirmed signing her publishing deal to Peer Publishing UK.

Early life

White has been singing and playing the piano since she was a young girl. Despite never having had a professional singing lesson, White began singing in jazz bars at the age of 15 and played many festivals. White went to Fred Longworth High School in Tyldesley, the same school as actors Anthony Quinlan, Leah Hackett and Oliver Lee. She also studied A-Level /EnglishDrama at Wigan and Leigh College. Before The X Factor, she was a creative writing student at The University of Bolton.

Music career

2008–09: The X Factor

White auditioned for the 2008 series of The X Factor and reached the final live stages in the "Girls" category, mentored by Cheryl Cole. After performing Fallin', by Alicia Keys, on the first live show, White sang You Are Not Alone as part of Michael Jackson week the following episode. She then performed God Bless the Child, originally recorded by Billie Holiday, as part of the third week's focus on big band music, and Somebody Else's Guy, written and performed by Jocelyn Brown, on the fourth live show as part of disco week. After performing Endless Love by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross in the fifth week, White was voted off the show on 8 November, after a sing-off against Ruth Lorenzo.[4]

After her elimination, fans of White circulated a petition for broadcasting watchdog Ofcom to investigate phone voting procedures on the show, complaining of a lack of transparency in the voting system and of difficulties in getting through to vote for Whiteallegations which were denied by a show spokesman.[5] The issue was even mentioned in the Houses of Parliament by her local MP Andy Burnham, who commented that White's exit had been "very harsh".[6]

2009–present: Post The X Factor

The Manchester Evening News reported on 11 November 2008 that White had been approached by an as-yet unnamed record company.[7] White was chosen by Peterborough City Council to perform and turn on the annual Christmas lights at Cathedral Square, Peterborough. A crowd of 6,000 attended and cheered as the lights were turned on. White then went on to switch on the lights in the county capital Cambridge on the Sunday night.[8] White was invited to the Brit Awards Launch Party as The X Factor contestant representing the "Hero" single. White was a judge in the 2009 Miss Manchester contest and sang at the Miss England contest. In early August 2009, White posted samples of four tracks onto her website. Fans were allowed to vote for one of the four to become her debut single. The candidates were: "You Should Have Known", "Touch You", "Got It Bad" and "Love Hurts". "You Should Have Known" was chosen as her debut single. The song was written by Ivor Novello-winning songwriter Michelle Escoffrey and produced by Ian Green, the man behind Madonna's autumn 2009 album Celebration. Speaking in October 2009 to noted UK R&B writer Pete Lewis of the award-winning Blues & Soul, White stated: "I'm really pleased to kick my whole album project off with 'You Should Have Known."[9]

She performed her track "You Should Have Known" on GMTV on 19 August 2009.[10] The video for the single "You Should Have Known" was shot in early September and was uploaded to White's official YouTube account. The single was released on 2 November 2009.[11] To promote the single, White embarked on a promo tour of the UK. "You Should Have Known" debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the UK Indie Singles Chart. White was also part of the alternative Haiti relief charity single "I Put A Spell On You".


Extended plays

Title Details Notes
What My Mother Taught Me[12]


As lead artist

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
UK UK Indie
2009 "You Should Have Known" 32 2 Non-album singles
2013 "What My Mother Taught Me"
2015 "Kind of Blue"[14]
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.
Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2008 "Hero"
(with The X Factor Finalists)
1 1 Non-album single
2010 "I Put a Spell on You"
(with Shane MacGowan and Friends)
Helping Haiti
2013 "Dalt Vila"
(Sister Bliss & Wally Lopez featuring Laura White)[15]
Non-album singles
2015 "Circles"
(Xploder featuring Laura White & Manga St Hilare)[16]
2016 "Love on Me"
(Galantis & Hook n Sling featuring Laura White)
16 21 TBA
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.


White toured on The X Factor live tour, with fellow series 5 finalists. White was also touring with Peter Andre with his Revelation Tour. She continues to perform in gigs/festivals.


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