Allen White - Allen White was born and raised in Hayward, California and still lives in the Bay Area. He started playing Bass in the fourth grade by default. One day he came home from school to have his dad meet him and tell him he would not be learning to play the trumpet as he had hoped. His dad told him the school was giving him two other choices: violin and double bass….but Dad had already made the choice for Allen and it was double bass. Allen wasn’t sure what the double bass was at the time but he figured it had to be better than violin, since only the girls were learning violin! So he learned how to play the double bass, also known as an upright bass, playing the upright in orchestra and band and later picking up an electric to play in jazz band. He played all the way through school, with even a short stint in junior college.
Allen accepted Christ his freshman year in high school. “I felt like something was missing in my life and the only thing that has ever made any sense is yielding my life to the Creator of all that is and allowing Him to shape and direct my life in the way that would most glorify Him.” He started playing in Christian bands in high school. Then in 1983, he joined a band called One-Eighty where he met Ralph Otteson, Time Horizons’ keyboard player, and played with One-Eighty for the next 10 years. After One-Eighty split up, he put the bass down for several years and concentrated on raising his children and furthering his education so he could change professions and provide for his family. After a few years Allen felt God drawing him back to the bass, so he started playing at church in the worship band and played primarily in worship for about six years.
Allen and Ralph had always made an effort to keep in touch over the years and very soon after he had started playing again, Allen was asked to come down and jam with a band that Ralph was putting together with Bruce Gaetke. This band was to become Time Horizon. He jammed with them once, but at the time didn’t feel he was ready, having not played for about five years and just starting back up he was a bit rusty. After several years, Allen was asked again to come out and play with them because their bass player had left the band. This time he felt it was something that God was leading him to do, so he jumped in.
Name: Allen White
Musical influences: Chicago, Tower of Power, Kansas, Toto, Saga, Adam Nitti or any music with awesome bass
Favorite Book: Bible
Favorite Movies: Brave Heart and The Patriot
Favorite Food: Seafood, but if I hungry most any will do!
Favorite Quotes: “God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.” C.S Lewis
“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” C.S Lewis