Barry White, born on September 12th, 1941, was an inspiring soul singer and record producer with a passionate zodiac sign: Virgo. The Virgo sign is often seen as earnest and analytical, and many attribute these traits to the great singer, a staple of ‘70s and ‘80s soul and disco music.
Born in Galveston, Texas, Barry White experienced a difficult childhood. After being abandoned by his father early in life, the young Barry and his four siblings were raised by his mother in a poor South Central Los Angeles neighborhood, with the family often struggling to make ends meet. White fortunate to find an escape through music, which allowed him to absorb himself fully in its infectious and powerful melodies. He was surrounded by the soul genre in his hometown Los Angeles, and often attended choir meetings and amateur “do-wop” concerts with his mother and siblings.
It was only in high school, however, that Barry White was naturally drawn to the classic soul genre of the 1950s and ’60s, which had such a great influence on him and his musical development. He drew inspiration from the sounds of other popular artists such as Ray Charles, James Brown, and Jackie Wilson. A strong belief that it was his destiny to become an R&B musician heavily motivated him and acted as a bridge to his successful career. He started up his band ‘The Upfronts’ with school friends and started taking music more seriously. After facing more hardship than ever before, his family could be proud of the youngest member of the house. He even declared himself the King of Soul, an apt title for one born under the zodiac sign of Virgo.
Astrologers see Virgo as the sign of a perfectionist, which is very fitting when describing the rise of Barry White’s career. His musical catalog eventually led him to win a Grammy Award, producing over twenty studio albums, and obtaining seven Top 10 hits in the Billboard Hot 100. He was particularly admired for his passionate love songs, composed with the perfect balance of old-school soul and disco-funk. His songs such as “Can’t Get Enough,” “Let the Music Play,” and “I’m Gonna Love You” have been making waves ever since his career peak in the 70s.
Barry White’s unwavering passion and determined nature was heavily instilled by his Virgo sign, greatly influencing his career and paving the path for his greatness. He was the example of a star who started from nothing and accomplished so much more than anyone ever thought possible. His true rise to fame was that even with all the hardship and negatives in his life, he had the courage to take a leap of faith and follow his dreams, which was phenomenal. His legacy lives on through his music and life story, inspiring many up and coming artists to follow suit and never give up on their dreams.