Coming from a rural childhood and a love of music from an early age, Burlington, Ontario based Billy J White is blazing his own trail in the Canadian country music scene with the release of his new EP, “DAMN FOOL THING TO DO.” White is a 2013 CMAO Nominee for Male Artist of the Year, has captured the attention of radio nationwide and has lit up fair and festivals stages with his high energy “keep rockin’ it country style” performances.
His quick wit, charm and approachability make him an audience favourite.White was juried in and performed at the CAFÉ National Convention (2012), OAAS Provincial Convention (2013), and represented at MIDEM in Cannes, France (2013). He has opened for The Stella’s, Deric Ruttan, Gil Grand, Tim Taylor, Diane Chase and has performed on several high profile stages including the Burlington Sound of Music Festival, Manitoulin Country Fest, Country in the Woods, NSAI Tin Pan North, during Canadian Music Week (2011) and left his mark with many Ontario based fairs, stunning audiences with his deft guitar playing, velvety rich vocals and lyrics that had attendees bellowing for more.
With musical influences ranging from Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Craig Morgan, and Tracy Byrd, White also resonates with the vocal prowess and extraordinary songwriting and piano perfection skills of Elton John. Asked, what comes first the melody or the lyrics, the scales tip toward the lyrics as “songs are always in my head.” Building on the drive of his first EP, “Country Drag Strip” (Steve Ashley, Heritage Studios, Burlington), Billy J White’s second EP, “DAMN FOOL THING TO DO”, was recorded and produced by multi-award winning and highly sought after producer, Tom McKillip (Downe Under Studios, Vancouver, BC), engineered by Soren Lonnqvist and mixed and mastered by Kane Churko, delivering a combined end result that is high-octane, heartfelt and sometimes hilarious, much like White himself.
DAMN FOOL THING TO DO consists of seven tracks, with two currently at radio nationwide. With tracking by Anya Wilson of Anya Wilson Publicity and Promotion, “Saturday Night” was released in October 2013.
The co-written, hook laden song resonates a pleasure that we’ve all lived and loved at least one time in our life; the night that bars and clubs are filled with people letting their hair down, hitting the dance floor and forgetting their troubles. “Saturday Night” caught the attention of radio and the momentum escalated when White drove solo across Canada on his first Western radio tour in support of the single in November 2013. Adding 13,000 km to his vehicle and establishing new relationships with various radio executives, White also performed an acoustic version of “Keep Them Kisses Comin’,” his second single at radio (December 2013) resulting in steady rotation on reporting and media based stations.
White will hit the Canadian highways for his second radio tour commencing in March. While his fan base consistently grows, White is also an avid supporter of local fundraisers, and has given performance and appearance time to charities ranging from Heart and Stroke to the dog rescue endeavours of the Ontario Boxers Association.
Whether commanding his audiences acoustically of with a full band, in the true country tradition of great male vocalists such as George Strait, Alan Jackson and even a little Travis Tritt, White encompasses the brilliance of today’s best, always gracing the stage with boundless energy and passion. With the CD launch sponsored through Oakville Volkswagen and a new stylized image by Toronto based BUSTLE Clothing, Billy J White walks the confident and cool country road knowing DAMN FOOL THING TO DO is the next chapter of his continuing, successful journey as a singer, songwriter and entertainer.