Karyn White was born in 1965 in Los Angeles, California. The youngest of five children, she sang in the church choir as a child.
During college, White worked as a backing singer and sang on Jeff Lorber's 'Facts of Love.' Upon graduating from Howard University, she released her self-titled debut album in 1988 on Warner Brothers Records.
The album was produced by Babyface and was a big success, going platinum. It featured several big singles including 'The Way You Love Me,' 'Superwoman,' 'Secret Rendezvous,' and 'Love Saw It,' which featured Babyface. 'The Way You Love Me' went gold, topping the R&B charts and reaching #7 on the Hot 100. Similarly, 'Superwoman' had comparable performance, except it reached #8 on the Hot 100. The album's other two singles 'Secret Rendezvous' and 'Love Saw It' both did well, with the former reaching #6 on the Hot 100 and the latter topping the R&B charts.
In 1991, White released her second album, Ritual of Love. The album had production by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and went gold. The single 'Romantic' was her first and only song to top the Hot 100. The rest of the album's singles didn't fair as well as her first album, with 'The Way I Feel About You,' reaching #12 on the Hot 100 and 'Do Unto Me' reaching #24 on the R&B charts.
1992 saw Whie getting married to Terry Lewis. The two had one daughter, Ashley Nicole, before they divorced. White later married Bobby G, a producer/musician who played in White's band and has worked with Mariah Carey and Lionel Richie.
White's last album, Make Him Do Right was released in 1994. It didn't do as well as her early work and only produced one top-ten hit on the R&B charts. The single, 'Can I Stay With You' was produced by Babyface and reached #10 on the R&B charts.
In 1995, White left Warner and disappeared from public eye. Living in Sacremento, California, White is only now starting to come back into the industry. She is recording her first album in 12 years and the album, Action Fighter, is slated for release in late 2006.