David White grew up the youngest of four children in Plano, Texas. He fell in love with the acoustic guitar at age 12 after his parents brought home a nylon-string classical guitar. As a teen, David worked at the local Schwinn shop, earning gas money for his El Camino and to buy guitar effect pedals.
David taught himself both guitar and piano. He was heavily influenced on guitar by James Taylor, Michael Hedges and Leo Kottke. He also found musical inspiration in Steely Dan, The Dregs, Kenny Loggins and Bonnie Raitt.
While attending college at Texas A&M, he spent weekends playing blues electric guitar in Dallas with "The Freddies" (his older brother played bass). During this time he also started performing as an acoustic soloist. He eventually found his way into songwriting, inspired by great lyricists such as Wayne Kirkpatrick, David Wilcox and Marcus Hummon. David also is profoundly influenced by virtuosos such as mandolinist Chris Thile and violinist Mark O'Connor.
David attended medical school at The University of Texas School of Medicine in San Antonio, followed by a pediatrics residency at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville. He continues to work as a pediatrician to this day.
He has performed frequently at sold-out shows at the legendary Bluebird Cafe. In 2014, he released his first full-length record project "Long Roots", to critical acclaim. The album featured an astounding lineup of musicians including Jerry Douglas (Alison Krauss & Union Station), Chris Thile (Punch Brothers), Bryan Sutton (Hot Rize), Stuart Duncan (everything), and many others. David has quipped that the collective number of Grammys that have been won by the musicians on his record are "TNTC", a microbiology acronym for "Too Numerous to Count".
In 2015, after deciding he needed a hiatus and some time in the mountains, he moved to Montana. In 2020, he moved back to the Nashville area, where he now lives with his wife and four children.