Wakulla County Historical Society

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Lari White, Florida Native Returns To Wakulla County

Lari WhiteFlorida native Lari White enjoys a uniquely multi-faceted career as a Gold and Grammy recording artist, hit songwriter and producer, and versatile actress.  Lari grew up in a musical family, performing with parents Larry and Yvonne White and two younger siblings, entertaining with pop, gospel and folk favorites across the state of Florida. At the University of Miami Lari earned a degree in Music Engineering, preparing herself to become one of the few women in music production.

Lari moved to Nashville as soon as she graduated and won the Nashville Network’s talent show “You Can Be A Star.” She started her illustrious career as a songwriter and recording artist with Ronnie Milsap’s publishing company and RCA Records. Lari’s music has earned three Grammys (The Apostle Soundtrack and Amazing Grace 1 and 2: A Country Tribute), and RIAA Gold status (Wishes/RCA Records). Her most recent studio albums include the R&B flavored “Green Eyed Soul,” hailed by the London Times as “the best soul album this year,” and “Piano Bar,” music from her live appearances on the Delbert McClinton music cruise.

As the first female producer of a male superstar, Lari made music history by producing Toby Keith’s platinum album “White Trash with Money.” Her songwriting credits include Tammy Wynette, Toby Keith, Lonestar, and most recently Danny Gokey, and Pat Green.

Lari turned heads around the world with her role opposite Tom Hanks in the blockbuster movie Cast Away (as the “Angel at the Crossroads” in the final scene). Most recently she hit the silver screen in “Country Strong,” with Gwynneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw. She’s also starred in films for Lifetime TV and CMT. Lari made her critically-acclaimed Broadway debut in the Johnny Cash musical “Ring Of Fire” (2006), and received rave reviews for her performances in the Marilyn and Alan Bergman Tribute with Michael Feinstein at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. She’s been a featured artist with Marvin Hamlisch and the NY Pops, and has won critics and audiences alike with her appearances at Lincoln Center and Town Hall in New York City.

Most recently Lari has shown her Southern roots as producer of The Shoe Burnin’ Anthology companion music CD available at http://www.lariwhite.com.

See Lari White “live” on April 25, 2015 in Wakulla Homecoming: A Heritage Event. Visit https://wakullahistoricalsociety.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/1252/ for more information.


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