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Lari White (1965 – 2018), country singer-songwriter

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“Now I Know” was a top 5 hit song

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 Song. 

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. 

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