Grant Entertainment has lost an important member of our family. Lari was a kind, beautiful soul who left a legacy of amazing music as a gift to us all. Please keep her family in your prayers.
Celebration of Life
Lari Michele White Cannon
Six o’clock p.m.
Monday, February 12, 2018
15354 Old Hickory Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37211
Lari White, country singer-songwriter and actress, has died from cancer at the age of 52, according to multiple news sources.
She had been diagnosed with advanced peritoneal cancer in September 2017. Last week, she entered hospice.
White’s second album “Wishes”” was released in 1994 and was a big success. She charted three top ten country singles from the album; “That’s My Baby,” “That’s How You Know (When You’re In Love),” and “Now I Know.” She was nominated for top new female vocalist by the Academy of Country Music.
White started singing at a young age with her family’s band, The White Family Singers. After college, she sang in Miami, Chicago, and Los Angeles and then moved to Nashville. She won first prize on the Nashville Network's talent show, “You Can Be a Star.”
She was signed to RCA Records and released her debut album “Lead Me Not” in 1993. The album achieved moderate success. She charted with the single “What a Woman Wants,” then broke out with her second album “Wishes.”
After White’s deal with RCA ended, she started her own record label called Skinny White Girl. Her most recent release was the 2017 double EP “Old Friends, New Loves.”
White was also a songwriter and a producer. She co-produced Toby Keith’s 2006 album “White Trash with Money.” She had her songs recorded by Travis Tritt and other top country artists.
White was also an actress. She appeared in a small memorable scene at the beginning of the Tom Hanks’ movie “Cast Away.” She had a role in the 2010 movie “Country Strong".
She told “The Tennessean” in 1994, "By the time I'd moved to Nashville, I'd been singing for so long, but I wasn't comfortable enough on the stage between songs, so I started taking acting lessons."
"Gutted by this news," Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the Broadway hit “Hamilton” wrote in a remembrance on Twitter. "Taught alongside (White) in the ASCAP Songwriters' program one summer – you've never met a kinder, more talented songwriter."
Travis Tritt also paid tribute on Twitter. “I’m extremely saddened by the passing of my friend Lari White. She was so talented and a joy to write and record with. My heart goes out to all of Lari’s family and friends during this extremely difficult time.”
She is survived by her husband, songwriter Chuck Cannon, and their three children.
LARI WHITE crosses all creative boundaries as an award-winning recording artist, hit songwriter and producer, indie record label owner, and actress. Her music has earned three Grammys (The Apostle Soundtrack and Amazing Grace 1 and 2: A Country Tribute), and RIAA Gold (Wishes/RCA Records). Although her Nashville-based recordings garnered country radio hits and fans, her Green Eyed Soul album on her indie label, Skinny WhiteGirl Records, was hailed by the London Times as the best soul album of the year. Her most recent project, Old Friends, New Loves, marks her 25th anniversary as a recording artist, and features luminary appearances by Delbert McClinton, Suzy Bogguss and Lee Roy Parnell.
Lari made music history as the first female producer of a male superstar, producing Toby Keith’s platinum album White Trash with Money. Her production of Shawn Mullins' My Stupid Heart album garnered universal praise. As a songwriter, her credits include Tammy Wynette, Toby Keith, Lonestar, Danny Gokey, and Pat Green. She appeared opposite Tom Hanks in the blockbuster movie Cast Away, and has starred in films for Lifetime TV and CMT. She made her critically-acclaimed Broadway debut originating the role of June in Ring Of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash. Lari has sung with the NY Pops, Boston Pops, and the Atlanta and Nashville Symphonies, and recently launched her popular online Vocal Course through Artistworks.com.
For more information and performance dates, please visit Lari's website at www.lariwhite.com.