Fort St. James up-and-comer Jerusha White graced the entertainment stage of Prince George’s Festival of Trees for a second time at this years festival.
White, 20 years old, is a jazz, soul and rhythm and blues singer from Fort St. James who has found her way to success both locally and nationally.
White has already released a number of singles and an EP titled Gingerbread Boi which are all available for purchase on iTunes. She is currently working on a new, full length album with acclaimed Canadian producer Morry Stearns.
Stearns is a member of the David Foster Band and has worked with artists such as Bryan Adams, Celine Dion and more.
The 2014 festival is not White’s first go-round when it comes to the Festival of Trees. In 2012 White appeared on stage alongside Prince George local Curtis Abriel and former Michael Buble band member Bryant Olender to perform a few of her own songs on the outdoor stage during the festival.
At only 20 years old, jazz and soul are not the first genres one would expect to hear from a young singer, but White has a love for artists well above her age bracket.
In a 2014 interview with the Prince George Free Press White spoke on her influences as a singer saying,
“Celine Dion, Amy Winehouse, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin. Aretha Franklin was one of my favourites growing up.” Adding that while she loves contemporary music like hip hop, she always returns to jazz and R&B.
White’s album was initially recorded in between Vancouver and Edmonton and scheduled for a release in April of 2014, but upon teaming up with Stearns the release was delayed.
White is currently finishing her album in Victoria.