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Grammy-winner John Paul White joins UNA Faculty as Visiting Artist of Practice

Jun. 03, 2021

Michelle Eubanks, UNA, at media@una.edu, 256.765.4392 or 256.606.2033

CONTACT: Michelle Eubanks, UNA, at meubanks@una.edu, 256-606-2033 or 256-765-4392 June 3, 2021

FLORENCE, AL - John Paul White, Grammy Award winner and co-founder of Single Lock Records, will join the Department of Entertainment Industry faculty as a Visiting Artist of Practice for the Fall 2021 semester. As part of his seminars, students will learn about the music industry from an insider who has toured the world as a solo artist who is also a graduate of the University of North Alabama.

"I am very excited to announce that I am fulfilling another dream," White said. "I will be joining the University of North Alabama as a visiting faculty member this fall semester. 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 was born in Muscle Shoals, but he grew up in Loretto, Tenn., He 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. Since then, White has worked and toured as a solo artist, often 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.

"The College of Arts and Sciences is thrilled to announce that we have engaged John Paul White as Visiting Artist of Practice," said Dr. Sara Lynn Baird, Dean of the College. "He will teach in the Department of Entertainment Industry and offer seminars on varied relevant topics to students in business and the arts. We are proud of his accomplishments in the music industry and his career as an alumnus of UNA and very excited to welcome him back to campus now as a member of our excellent faculty."

White will be teaching alongside Dr. Bob Garfrerick, the Chair of the Department of Entertainment Industry. Dr. Garfrerick was not among White's professors when White was a student; however, he said, "I have the utmost respect for him, and he has given back as a guest speaker to classes many times. I have particularly enjoyed watching him evolve as a creator over the past 20 years to the artist he is today."

"Getting to add a multiple Grammy winner to your team is a rare occurrence in higher education," Garfrerick added. "We are beyond excited to have our alum John working with us, and our students will get incredible value from this. We are so grateful to be part of, and benefit from, John's legacy."

About The University of North Alabama

The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs through the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Sciences, and the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions. Occupying a 130-acre campus in a residential section of Florence, Alabama, UNA is located within a four-city area that also includes Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, and Tuscumbia. UNA Athletics, a renowned collegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I's ASUN Big South Conference. The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age, or national origin. For more: www.una.edu and www.una.edu/unaworks/