Kevin Davy White
Blues and soul run through his blood, whilst rock and funk have a special place in his heart. All of these genres have inspired the 30-year old Parisian, Kevin Davy White, throughout his life and have led him to where he is now – on the cusp of something special.
Starting his music career in a band called The JFK’s, Kevin put his multiple musical talents to good use, where he wrote and produced their own songs. Kevin is a multi-faceted musical machine. He writes, produces, sings, plays guitar, keys and is currently learning to play the drums. The JFK’s soon made their mark on the music scene in Paris and quickly decided to take their talents overseas. In London, they played prestigious venues such as Fly Bar, Dublin Castle and Bar Music Hall. After 7 years of collaboration, the band separated and Kevin began his solo career, determined never to give up on his dream of sharing his passion for music.
Back in 2015, Kevin started to make waves in the UK, in addition to continuing his success back in his home town of Paris. He was selected to open for various artists including Martin Barre (long-term guitarist for legendary rock band, Jethro Tull), Keziah Jones (funk artist) and Ana Popovic (blues guitarist from Serbia). He was then hand-picked to collaborate with Ashley Iona on her song ‘Taking Me Under’. Following this, he released his own debut EP, ‘Mr Feeling’, which really showed off his range skills and channelled his love of multiple genres.
In 2016, Kevin’s success only continued to grow when he won the highly acclaimed Festival Generation Reservoir in France and Archer Streets Got Talent in London. Later that year, Kevin featured on The Voice France before moving to London and deciding to apply for The X Factor UK 2017.
This is where we meet Kevin now, after he’s won the hearts of the nation. From his heart-wrenching rendition of Whitney Houston’s, ‘I Will Always Love You’, to his passionate performance of Jimi Hendrix’s, ‘Gold’ where he really got to show off his guitar skills. Kevin also performed one of his own songs, ‘Puzzle of Love’, which won him a place in the live shows. Mentored by Nicole Scherzinger, Kevin was the last in the ‘Overs’ category to remain, finishing an incredible 3rd place in the competition.
Following on from X Factor, Kevin has been playing shows up and down the country before he settles into the studio to focus on recording. He has already collaborated with highly established producers such as Steve Booker (John Newman) and Matthew Marston (Emeli Sande). With his warming personality, exceptional music abilities and a passion for great songs, Kevin really is the whole package and 2018 will be an extremely exciting year in his career.