JACK WHITE: ‘I MIGHT HAVE BEEN A PRIEST’
White Stripes singer/guitarist Jack White told England’s BBC Radio that he considered becoming a Catholic priest when he was a teenager, a decision that could have impacted the last decade of rock history. Speaking on BBC 4’s Today program, White explained, “I was thinking at 14 that possibly I might have had the calling to be a priest. Blues singers and people who are singing on stage have the same feelings and emotions that someone who is called to be a priest might have.”
White, whose real name is John Gillis, was brought up in a religious household, with his parents working for the Archdiocese of Detroit.
Although he was even accepted into a seminary, White eventually decided to stick with music, saying, “At the time I thought I need to give myself a chance to play music while I’m a teenager.”
Had White gone into the priesthood, he would never have married drummer Meg White and formed the White Stripes, one of a handful of bands who fueled the low-fi “garage rock” sound of the last 10 years.
Jack White also performs with the Raconteurs and the Dead Weather, although he and Meg, who divorced years ago, are said to be focusing on a new White Stripes record this year.
Jack White produced and played lead guitar on The Party Ain’t Over, the new album from rockabilly queen and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Wanda Jackson. The disc comes out Tuesday (January 25th) through his Third Man record label.