This Thursday, June 4, you can see Nashville rockstar Jack White be inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame. We felt it was only right to feature an entire post about the man who is about to be honored. So, read below and get pumped to see him Thursday.
Born the youngest of ten children, raised in Southwest Detroit, and a resident of Nashville since 2005, Jack White is one of the most prolific and renowned artists of the past two decades. He started the White Stripes in 1997 and the band’s self-titled debut and sophomore effort De Stijl amassed critical acclaim. Their 2001 release White Blood Cells captivated larger audiences, and their hit “Fell in Love With a Girl” served as the band’s breakthrough hit and its accompanying Michel Gondry LEGO clip was chosen by Pitchfork Media as the #1 music video of the 2000s. The following release of Elephant in 2003 offered the hit “Seven Nation Army,” which has become the most popular chant in sports stadiums around the world.
In 2004, White teamed up with Loretta Lynn to produce and perform on her Van Lear Rose album, an effort that won GRAMMY Awards for Best Country Album and Best Country Collaboration With Vocals for the single “Portland, Oregon.” To date, White has won 11 GRAMMYs in eight different categories with 29 career nominations.
In 2009, White opened the doors to his very own Nashville-based record label, Third Man Records, where he has since produced and released more than 300 records in just over six years. With a catalogue of releases from artists as varied as Jerry Lee Lewis, the Smoke Fairies, Wanda Jackson, Black Milk, and Stephen Colbert, and unimagined vinyl configurations, the label has rightfully earned its reputation as a leader in the vinyl record industry.
On April 24, 2012, White released his debut album Blunderbuss on Third Man Records/Columbia. Blunderbuss debuted at #1 on the U.S. albums chart – a career first for White – and was both the top selling vinyl album and the highest charting solo debut of 2012 in the U.S. Blunderbuss also hit #1 in the UK, Canada, and Switzerland, and received five GRAMMY nominations, including Album of the Year, Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song for “Freedom at 21,” and, the following year, Best Rock Performance and Best Music Video for “I’m Shakin’.”
White released Lazaretto (Third Man Records/Columbia), the follow-up to the gold-certified Blunderbuss, on June 10, 2014. Once again debuting at #1 on the U.S. albums chart and at #1 in Canada and Denmark, Lazaretto not only broke the record for first-week vinyl album sales, selling over 40,000 copies in the U.S., it was the biggest selling vinyl album of 2014 and any year of the SoundScan era with 86,707 copies sold in the U.S. To date, the Lazaretto vinyl ULTRA LP has sold over 185,000 copies worldwide. The album’s title track, “Lazaretto,” won a GRAMMY Award for Best Rock Performance. Lazaretto received two additional GRAMMY nominations for Best Alternative Music Album and Best Rock Song for the title track.