Eddy White was born in the English coastal town of Eastbourne in 1986, relocating to Southampton at the age of three, where he has been based since. He took up music in 1996, originally starting with the piano. However, with a developing interest in rock music of the '70s such as Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple, he switched to guitar a year later. At this time, Eddy was influenced by guitarists such as Jimmy Page, Slash and Steve Vai. He was very keen and enthusiastic about playing, practising some six hours a day when he was in his early teens. Eddy ended up playing in many bands around the age of 15, notably the Hampshire Youth Jazz Orchestra. In 2002, he gained his Grade 8 on guitar and received The Morley-Scott 'Musician Of The Year' Award a few months later. Unfortunately, it has not always been an easy ride, as he got affected numerous times with repetitive strain injury, the first time at 17, lasting for two years. This limited his playing to little over half an hour a day for a year, with a gradual increase over the following year.
He then got affected again, in January 2006, but this time became more suspicious about the illogical nature of RSI. This lead to the discovery of The Mind/Body Prescription
by John Sarno, which freed him from all pain in August 2006. In 2009, Eddy graduated from the University of Southampton with a BA (Hons) degree in Music. From mid-August 2010 to early January 2011, Eddy was working primarily in the USA on board The Sapphire Princess cruise liner (Princess Cruises), which toured the US (including Alaska and Hawaii), Canada, French Polynesia, The Samoan Islands, Fiji, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand. As of late February until mid-June 2011, he worked on board the Emerald Princess touring the Caribbean and Europe. Previous international endeavours include a stint as a guitarist touring the Mediterranean and Baltic on the Aurora and Oriana cruise liners (P&O Cruises), along with performances at Vienne Jazz Festival in France (2009), North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland (2008) and Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland (2007); at the latter festival he got the opportunity to collaborate in a performance with John Legend's band.
When he is not performing on the high seas, Eddy provides musical entertainment in a variety of styles (jazz/funk/blues/soul/rock) for weddings/functions/pubs/clubs, and also teaches guitar anywhere in the south up to London. He leads in his own jazz ensemble by the name of The Eddy White Sextet, which features top musicians from the Southampton and London scene; this band has provided a vehicle for his own jazz compositions, along with famous tunes of the '60s Blue Note era. Previous teaching posts include Cadland Primary School in the New Forest, as well the Western Wards Adult Learning Centre in Sarisbury Green. He is also available for session work and other musical projects (composition, transcription, arranging etc).