FLORENCE – John Paul White, Grammy Award winner and co-founder of Single Lock Records, will join UNA’s Department of Entertainment Industry faculty as a Visiting Artist of Practice for the Fall 2021 semester. Students will learn about the music industry from an insider who has toured the world as a solo artist who is also a UNA graduate.
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to give back to my alma mater and to share my experiences with students eager to tackle this vocation,” White said in a release.
White was born in Muscle Shoals, grew up in Loretto, and moved to Florence to attend UNA. For the last 20 years, he has honed his career, first as a songwriter and major publisher and then as half of The Civil Wars – a groundbreaking duo that won four Grammys before disbanding in 2012. White has since worked and toured as a solo artist, collaborating with other well-known names in the music industry, including Emmylou Harris, Roseanne Cash, Shoals native Jason Isbell. His most recent album, The Hurting Kind, was released in 2020.
White will be teaching alongside Dr. Bob Garfrerick, the Chair of the Department of Entertainment Industry.
“The privilege of adding a multiple Grammy winner to your team is a rare occurrence in higher education,” Garfrerick said. “I have particularly enjoyed watching John evolve over the past 20 years to the artist he is today. We are so grateful to be part of his legacy.”