Santi White (born September 25, 1976), better known by her stage name Santigold (formerly Santogold), is an American singer-songwriter and producer. Her debut album Santogold was released to positive reviews in 2008. Her second album Master of My Make-Believe was released in April 2012, also to critical acclaim. She is a mezzo-soprano.
She attended Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US and later attended college at Wesleyan University, where she double-majored in music and African-American studies.
She attained her pseudonym in the 1990s after a friend gave it to her as a nickname. She worked for Epic Records as an A&R representative but left the position to co-write and executive produce How I Do, the singer Res’s debut album.
She was the singer of Philadelphia-based punk rock band Stiffed, which released the albums Sex Sells (2003) and Burned Again (2005): Both were produced by Bad Brains bassist Darryl Jenifer. While in the band, White was offered a solo contract by Martin Heath of London-based independent label Lizard King Records.
Her first singles as a soloist “Creator” and “L.E.S. Artistes” received attention from Internet media outlets in 2007, and her debut album Santogold, conceived with fellow Stiffed member John Hill, was issued in April 2008. The record featured appearances and production work from Chuck Treece, Diplo, Switch, and Jonnie “Most” Davis, among others.