UK tour with Kip Moore
Mon Oct 2 Birmingham O2 Institute
Tues Oct 3 Manchester O2 Ritz
Wed Oct 4 Glasgow O2 ABC
Fri Oct 6 London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire – sold out (part of Country Music Week)
Drake White & The Big Fire (plus special guests)
Sat Oct 7 London The Borderline – sold out (part of Country Music Week)
CBS.com’s 2017 GRAMMY® Artist of Tomorrow
“Drake White was without a doubt the breakout artist of the entire C2C event” (Country Music)
“Drake White from Alabama picked up plenty of new fans for his rock-infused swagger and homespun wisdom” (Evening Standard C2C review)
“One of the country’s most energizing performers,” (Rolling Stone Country)
“Drake has a confident, energetic presence with a mix of gravel, soul and gospel in his voice.” (Billboard)
One of the breakthrough artists at C2C 2017, following a stand-out UK debut there in March, Drake White makes a much-anticipated return for Country Music Week in October and a tour with Kip Moore. His widely-praised debut album ‘Spark’ (Big Machine Label Group) is out now and new single ‘Livin’ The Dream’ will be out October 13.
Drake White’s debut album SPARK (Big Machine Label Group) immediately shot to No. 1 on the iTunes Top Country Albums chart upon its release last year and has earned praise from critics and fans alike. The 2016 Taste of Country Fan Choice Awards Album of the Year is a 12-track labour of love that showcases his exemplary songwriting with a rock-infused, organic Country sound and signature foot-stomp. It includes his first US hit single (and first UK single) “Livin’ The Dream”.
White, who was named CBS.com’s 2017 GRAMMY® Artist of Tomorrow, has stunned crowds with his incredible live show and soulful voice, not least upon his UK debut at the Country to Country Festival at The O2, London in March 2017. Backed by his band The Big Fire, Drake has previously toured with superstars including Willie Nelson, Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town, Eric Church, Toby Keith and the Zac Brown Band.
It is therefore no wonder that the Alabama native was featured in Rolling Stone’s 10 Country Artists You Need To Know as well as Billboard’s Hot New Country Artists to Watch and was chosen as one of the CRS New Faces for 2017.
The SPARK album cover tells the visual story of who Drake White is as an artist, husband and native-Alabamian. The images imprinted into his silhouette paint a narrative of White’s life, including his wife Alex, his hometown church where his grandfather served as preacher, his dog Writer and other mementos that inspired his first full length album.
The foot-stomping singer/songwriter and nature enthusiast says, “Since I began the journey making this album I knew I wanted the title to be SPARK. The idea of starting a fire from a tiny spark has always been so intriguing to me. That’s the way I have always lived my life; starting with a small plan and then it becomes this dream I didn’t even know to dream.”
Recorded in Nashville, the Ross Copperman and Jeremy Stover produced project contains 12 tracks, 11 of which White co-wrote.