Trixie Whitley, daughter of late guitarist Chris Whitley who has her father’s idiosyncratic way with a forlorn folk-blues number, should be savoring the moment. After several EPs and an unreleased album for Jive Records — for whom she recorded as vocalist for Daniel Lanois’ side group Black Dub — the smoky R&B stylist finally issued her debut disc “Fourth Corner” and is on a solo tour that brings her to The Chapel this weekend. Yet she already is planning her follow-up recording.
Born in Ghent- Belgium (June 24, 1987), in a family of artists, musicians and poets. She moved with her parents to New York when she was a year old. Since the tender age of 3 she grew up spending time in recording studio’s in NYC (Electric Lady Land etc..) and in New Orleans (with Daniel Lanois) with her father Chris Whitley. After she moved back to Belgium with her mother she started playing drums at age 11. Read more about Trixie Whitley on Last.fm.
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As the daughter of late blues-world icon Chris Whitley, Trixie Whitley grew up in an endless swirl of recording studios, tours, and musical giants (including Dave Matthews, Keith Richards, and Bruce Springsteen) with whom her father played and consorted—an enchanted childhood that no doubt influenced Whitley’s eventual path as a musician herself.
After the death of her father in 2005, she moved from New York to Belgium, where she’d grown up, and refocused, working with producers Me’shell Ndegeocello and Dougie, Whitley to create her first EP, which came out in 2008. Now 25, she has gone on to release two more EPs, served as the vocalist for Daniel Lanois’s Black Dub, and collaborated in various capacities with the likes of Robert Plant, Marianne Faithfull, and her most recent producer, Thomas Bartlett. Working with Bartlett, also known as Doveman, she released her first full album, Fourth Corner, earlier this year. The album includes a few standout singles, one of which, “Breathe You In My Dreams,” we are debuting here.
Having finished her debut album, “Fourth Corner,” more than a year ago, Trixie Whitley says she’s “really excited to move on to the next record.”
“I’m working on a lot of new stuff,” the daughter of the late singer-songwriter Chris Whitley and member of Daniel Lanois’ Black Dub tells Billboard. “This’ll be the first time I work on a second record, so it’s new for me. I have some more really distinct ideas, but I’ll need to go into a really concentrated writing period to get a real sense of what it’s going to be. I’m planning on taking a few breaks from (touring) to just go somewhere and sit in the south of France for a couple of weeks and take all the writing I’ve done and really collect it and look at it.”
Summer dates are shaping up with some very exciting appearances at some of our favorite festivals in Europe. The European tour starts with our first date at the Pinkpop Festival in the Netherlands on June 16th. We are also honored to be performing at the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival on July 6th as well as returning to Gent Jazz Festival on July 20th. See toursection for dates and check back as we add more summer dates.
Trixie Whitley’s first high-profile gig was in the heady company of her collaborators in Black Dub.
Super-producer Daniel Lanois (U2, Peter Gabriel, Bob Dylan) handpicked Whitley to be the group’s main voice on its entrancing self-titled 2010 release. Whitley, daughter of the late singer-songwriter Chris, is now out touring for her full-length debut album, “Fourth Corner,” which shows off her stunningly soulful vocals and multi-instrumental prowess. In honor of its title we asked Whitley to share five elements that were the cornerstones of the songwriting on “Fourth Corner.”