17 February 1974, Lawton, Oklahoma, USA. One of the most successful new country acts of the 90s, four of Whites first eight singles topped the US country charts. A major factor in his breakthrough was the songwriting of Skip Ewing, who provided the hits Rebecca Lynn, Im Not Supposed To Love You Anymore and Someone Elses Star for White. Although both Whites first two albums sold well, more interesting was his third effort, The Right Place. This saw him attempt to develop his own vision, rather than rely on a team of writers to frame his points of reference and image. As he told Billboard magazine in 1997, Obviously, I sang every song on the album, but I also got to do a lot of percussive and background vocal stuff that Ive never had time to do. This is the first time Ive been in town enough to really do the record the way I wanted to do it. Although Ewing was on hand to co-compose Leave My Heart Out Of This and Tree Of Hearts, new collaborators, including friend and guitarist Derek George, also provided material (A Bad Day To Let You Go and Never Get Around To It). Steve Wariner, a long-time idol of Whites, also provided one of the songs, One Small Miracle. With Asylum Records launching the biggest marketing campaign in the companys history to help push sales, The Right Place looked set to take White into the first rank of Nashville stars.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.