LARI WHITE is a must-see performer, an artist with the ability to connect intimately with an audience. Her absolute command as a vocalist lets her deliver powerful, raw emotional moments, and her musicality crosses all boundaries of style and genre, from country to soul to classic American songbook. She has forged a stunningly successful, wide-ranging career as an award-winning recording artist, hit songwriter and history-making producer, as well as 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 status (Wishes/RCA Records). The London Times hailed her album Green Eyed Soul as the “best soul album of the year.” Her newest project Old Friends, New Loves, features a number of “old friends,” guest artists including Suzy Bogguss, Delbert McClinton and Lee Roy Parnell, released on her own Skinny WhiteGirl Records.
Lari made music history producing Toby Keith’s platinum album White Trash with Money, becoming the first female producer of a male superstar. Her recent production of Shawn Mullins’ My Stupid Heart album received universal acclaim and hit the Billboard Americana and Rock Album charts. Her interest in producing began as a student at the University of Miami, in the cutting-edge Music Engineering program, where she graduated with honors, the only female in her class. She built her Nashville studio, The Holler, with her husband, hit songwriter and Americana artist Chuck Cannon. Her cuts as a songwriter include Tammy Wynette, Toby Keith, Lonestar and Danny Gokey.
Lari considers acting another important facet of her work as an artist. She starred opposite Tom Hanks in the block buster movie Cast Away, in the famous final scene at the crossroads. Other acting cred its include Country Strong with Gwynneth Paltrow, as well as starring roles on Lifetime TV and CMT. She made her Broadway debut originating the role of June in Ring Of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash and has performed with the NY, Boston, Florida and Pasadena Pops, and the Atlanta and Nashville Symphonies.
She made her debut as a short story author in The Shoe Burnin’ Anthology, a collection of short stories and music that also features her production of the spoken word and music companion CD.
Lari is currently recording in The Holler and playing shows around the country to support the release of Old Friends, New Loves. Follow her at www.lariwhite.com.