Nashville’s country music community is rallying around a beloved member and is asking fans to lend their support to Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and actress Lari White.
In a post on her website in November, Lari shared the heartbreaking news that, after a persistent upset stomach, she had been diagnosed with peritoneal cancer in September. She also shared that since her diagnosis, she had suffered a series of complications that include pneumonia and emergency surgery to relieve an obstructed bowel.
After Lari was able to share that information with her voice students on her website, a Caring Bridge page was established in order to keep friends, fans and family up-to-date with her treatment and progress, and her family, who is maintaining the page, is optimistic, full of hope and inspiring.
The petite brunette who broke through with the fun-loving 1994 Top 10 hit, “That’s My Baby,” was able to spend the holidays with her family, including her singer-songwriter husband, Chuck Cannon, and their children, M’Kenzy, Kyra and Jaxon. However, just before Christmas, she did have to undergo another surgery to receive discomfort.
Since then, Lari has received additional chemotherapy treatments and all updates are encouraging and full of hope.
In fact, the family shares the touching story of an Emily Dickinson poem that Lari’s sister sent her. The poem includes the lines, “Hope is the thing with feathers… That perches in the soul… And sings the tune without the words… And never stops… at all…”
Lari released her first album, “Lead Me Not,” in 1993 and was immediately recognized as a vocal force to be reckoned with through her gutsy, but honeyed tone. She followed up “That’s My Baby” with the empowering “Now I Know” and earned her first Top 5 single.
In addition to her songwriting and recording, Lari also took the producer’s reins on projects for Toby Keith and Billy Dean. She also honed her acting skills in local theater before taking roles in the Tom Hanks hit movie “Cast Away” and “Country Strong,” starring Gwyneth Paltrow and fellow country star Tim McGraw.
Lari earned her Grammy awards in 1996 and 1998 for her contribution to the “Amazing Grace” compilations albums and in 1999 for the soundtrack to the Robert Duvall and Farrah Fawcett movie, “The Apostle,” that also featured June Carter Cash and Billy Joe Shaver.
Although Lari’s family is requesting privacy as they focus their energy on Lari’s healing, they are also encouraging caring fans and friends to pray for minimal side effects from the treatments for her cancer and for her full recovery.
The Rare Country staff adds their well wishes and healing thoughts to all of those who support this treasure of Nashville’s music community.