White Town is a British musical act and is the work of one man, Jyoti Prakash Mishra. White Town is best known for his song "Your Woman", which reached number one in the UK Singles Chart in January 1997. "Your Woman" also peaked at number one in Spain, as well as number two in Australia, number four in Canada, Denmark and Finland and number 23 in the United States.
White Town is a techno-pop act from the United Kingdom, and is the work of one man, Jyoti Prakash Mishra.
Mishra was born in Rourkela, India, on 30 July 1966, and has lived in England since the age of three. White Town is often regarded as a one-hit wonder for its 1997 song "Your Woman", which reached #1 in the UK Singles Chart in January of that year, and #23 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
"Your Woman" is a reworking of the 1932 Bing Crosby song "My Woman", composed by Crosby (lyrics), and Irving Wallman and Max Wartell (music and lyrics). Al Bowlly, who was a vocalist in the Ray Noble Orchestra, recorded a version of "My Woman" on 29 November 1932 with the Lew Stone and the Monseigneur Band in London. The Bowlly version of was featured in the Pennies from Heaven film and soundtrack.
Mishra, a straight edger and ex-Marxist, often incorporates political concerns in his songs veiled in terms of personal relationships (as in his only hit). After a troubled working relationship with EMI, Mishra was dropped from the label in 1997. Since then, he has gone back to working with indie labels such as Parasol Records. His album, 2000's Peek & Poke, received moderately enthusiastic reviews but sold poorly compared to his major label work.
In 2005, White Town contributed the song "The Pnac Cabal" to the charity album, Voyces United for UNHCR.
The "A New Surprise" EP was released in September 2006 by the Swedish indie label Heavenly Pop Hits, and was followed up by the album Don't Mention the War, which launched Mishra's own Bzangy Records label. Mishra currently lives in Derby.