Santi White (born September 25, 1976), better known by her stage name Santigold (formerly Santogold), is an American songwriter, producer, and singer. Her debut album Santogold was released to positive reviews in 2008. Her new album Master of My Make-Believe is announced for spring 2012.
Her initial singles “Creator” and “L.E.S. Artistes” received attention from Internet media in 2007.
Her debut album, Santogold, was issued in April 2008. It was conceived with fellow Stiffed member John Hill. The record featured appearances and production work from Chuck Treece, Diplo and Switch amongst others. Santogold was hailed by both Entertainment Weekly and Spin. ”L.E.S. Artistes” was placed at number two on Rolling Stone ’s Singles of the Year, while Santogold was sixth on their albums of the year list. “Creator”, along with “Lights Out”, appeared in commercials in the United States and in the United Kingdom.
During the summer, the singer released on CD a mixtape called Top Ranking: A Diplo Dub which was well received by Pitchfork and NME.
Santigold at Eurockéennes, July 5, 2008
To promote her debut album, Santigold toured with M.I.A. and Björk. In June 2008, Coldplay invited her to be their opening act in the U.S. Santi’s own US tour was called Goldrush Tour. After the tour’s completion, she supported Jay-Z and Kanye West on a number of their shows and then The Streets at BBC’s Electric Proms. She finished the tour opening for Beastie Boys for a few concerts.
In February 2009, White announced that she changed her initial stage name to Santigold for reasons related to a possible lawsuit from director Santo Victor Rigatuso, who produced the movie Santo Gold’s Blood Circus.
The second leg of the tour finished in August 2009 at the Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago. Billboard noted that she “delivered a bright set and drew a headliner-sized audience” for a late afternoon concert. Before leaving the stage, she announced she was preparing to compose for another album.