Simone White is a singer and songwriter who performs deeply personal and engagingly idiosyncratic music informed by jazz, blues, folk, pop, and electronic influences. Born in Oahu, Hawaii on February 7, 1970, White had, to say the least, a colorful upbringing. Her father was an artist, her mother was a folk musician, her grandmother was a burlesque performer, her grandfather was a poet, her aunt wrote pop songs, and White spent much of her childhood in California living in a commune that was an offshoot of the religious group Fellowship of Friends. Inspired by the teachings of Georges Gurdjieff, the Fellowship shunned most contemporary music, favoring classical music instead, but as a teenager White became fascinated with jazz and it informed her melodic style when she began writing songs. White has told journalists she didn't begin playing guitar until she was 22 years old, and didn't take the instrument seriously until she was 30, but by 2004 she'd become confident enough in her abilities as a performer to record and self-release her first album, The Sincere Recording Co. Presents Simone White.