Jack White told BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today’ show that as a teenager he considered becoming a Catholic priest:
"I was thinking at 14 that possibly I might have had the calling to be a priest. Blues singers and people who are singing on stage have the same feelings and emotions that someone who is called to be a priest might have.”
White grew up in a Catholic family and both his parents worked for the Archdiocese of Detroit. White, who was born John Gillis, was accepted at a seminary on his path to become a priest, although he ultimately focused on music. He told BBC Radio:
“At the time I thought I need to give myself a chance to play music while I'm a teenager."
His quest into music led to his pairing with now ex-wife Meg White (drums, vocals) and the legacy that is The White Stripes. The emotion-laden vocals of many of White’s tunes owe themselves to the bluesy swagger of the music he listened to as a teenager. Luckily for the fans, music also seemed like a noble calling for White.
Thanks to The Sun for the heads-up.