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Country Singer Lari White, Veteran of Broadway's Ring of Fire, Dies at 52

White was a regular on the New York cabaret scene.

Grammy winner Lari White has died at the age of 52.
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Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Lari White has died at the age of 52. White had been diagnosed with advanced peritoneal cancer last September.

As a country singer, White recorded the Top 10 singles "That's My Baby," "Now I Know," and "That's How You Know (When You're in Love)." She won Grammys for her albums Amazing Grace: A Country Salute to Gospel (1996), its 1998 follow-up Amazing Grace 2, and the 1999 soundtrack to the film The Apostle. Wishes, one of the nine albums released over the course of her career, was certified gold.

White made her Broadway debut in the short-lived 2006 Johnny Cash musical Ring of Fire. A regular on the New York cabaret scene, White appeared in numerous concerts at Birdland and Town Hall, including several editions of the Broadway by the Year series. At the Algonquin Hotel's famed Oak Room, she performed her concerts Love Letters and My First Affair, which was later released as an album.

On-screen, White appeared opposite Tom Hanks in the film Cast Away, as well as opposite Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw in the 2010 film Country Strong. White made her first national appearance on the Nashville Network's You Can Be a Star series in 1988, winning first prize, which included a Capitol Records recording contract.

White is survived by her mother, Yvonne White, husband, Chuck Cannon, and their children.


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