‘Now I Know’ Singer Lari White Dead at 52
Country singer-songwriter Lari White, best known for a string of hits in the '90s, has died after a battle with cancer. She passed away on Tuesday, January 23, at the age of 52.
White first came to public attention in 1988 after winning a TV competition called You Can Be a Star. RCA released her debut album, Lead Me Not, in 1993, but it wasn't until her 1994 sophomore album, Wishes, that White broke through to the country music mainstream. She scored three Top 10 hits from that album with "That's My Baby," "Now I Know," and "That's How You Know (When You're in Love)." Wishes was also certified gold after selling more than 500,000 copies.
Her follow-up album, Don't Fence Me In, was less successful, and after a brief stint at Lyric Street Records White launched her own label, Skinny White Girl, releasing her own work beginning with Green Eyed Soul in 2004. She recorded sporadically over the next decade, releasing her most recent project, Old Friends, New Loves, in 2017. She took part in three Grammy Award-winning projects over the course of her career, which spanned mainstream country, bluegrass and gospel; two volumes of Amazing Grace: A Salute to Country Gospel and the soundtrack for the film The Apostle took home honors for Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album.
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White also pursued an acting career, appearing in films including Castaway in 2000 and Country Strong in 2010. She was an original cast member of the Broadway musical Ring of Fire in 2006 and debuted a cabaret production in 2007 called My First Affair.
Her career also encompassed working as a producer for other artists, including Billy Dean and Toby Keith. White made history as the first female producer to produce an album by a male country superstar when she co-produced Keith's White Trash With Money album in 2006.
Yvonne White praised her daughter as "wise and funny, intelligent and super-talented…so loving, kind and compassionate…with a heart as big as all of Heaven" in a post to Caring Bridge.
"I have never known a person who did not love her and respect her, as evidenced by the great outpouring of love and concern of so many people. Every role she has played in life has been superb, and most of all, her role as mother," she wrote. "We are blessed to be her family. Chuck and their three children are blessed to have her as wife and mother. Thank you, God, for Lari!"
Lari White married songwriter Chuck Cannon in 1994, and together they had three children; daughters M'Kenzy and Kyra Ciel and a son named Jaxon.
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