Fully Funded.

Fully Funded.

I’m blown away.

After a nearly ten-year hiatus, I start my first venture back into life as a recording artist and this is what I get: Fans and friends from a dozen countries reconnecting through the Brave New World of Social Media, press and radio support from all over, star pals like Suzy Bogguss and Lee Roy Parnell and Delbert McClinton coming over to sing and play music with me, and a fully funded album project!

Suzy Bogguss in The Holler with Lari recording vocals for "Wishes."

Suzy Bogguss in The Holler with Lari recording vocals for "Wishes."

Thank you. As backers of this effort, you have all shown great generosity and EXCELLENT taste, and my highest goal is to give you a music experience that moves and entertains you, and above all makes you glad to be human. Some of you will be starring in a YouTube live video with me, some staying in my Nashville bungalow and going backstage at the Grand Ol’ Opry, and all of you will be receiving hot off the press the Old Friends, New Loves Kickstarter Exclusive Double EP package before the dog days of summer are over!

Lee Roy Parnell cuts some slide guitar on "Lead Me Not."

Lee Roy Parnell cuts some slide guitar on "Lead Me Not."

I’m thrilled to be able to share this process with you, and I look forward to hearing from you throughout the making of the music. I leave this Sunday to go on a two-week camping trip with my family, so I will be off-the-grid for awhile, but early August will find me back in the Holler, burning the studio candles at both ends to finish the project before my fall tour starts at the Big Barn Dance in Taos New Mexico on September 9.

Check out my tour schedule at LariWhite.com and come out to a show! I’ll be giving extra special attention to any Kickstarter backers who catch me on tour. And if there’s a venue near you where you’d like to see me play a show, let me know...I’m always looking for cool new rooms to play in interesting parts of the country, especially if they have good food ;)

I’m so grateful for this job, so lucky that music is not only my love but my livelihood, and fortunate to have such stellar fans and friends with whom to share it. Stay cool and stay tuned...

Love,
Lari

LARI WHITE CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF MUSIC WITH OLD FRIENDS, NEW LOVES DOUBLE EP

LARI WHITE CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF MUSIC WITH OLD FRIENDS, NEW LOVES DOUBLE EP

Nashville, Tennessee — (June 9, 2016) — Grammy® winning vocalist, film (Cast Away) and Broadway actress, published author, hit songwriter and history-making record producer, LARI WHITE, is marking 25 years as a recording artist as she prepares to release the double EP, Old Friends, New Loves, this fall. The passion project will lead with a Kickstarter campaign launching June 9 and allow her fans and fellow music lovers to be part of the creative process.

“I’m excited to bring everyone into the studio with me — and Kickstarter lets me do that,” White says. “This will be the first recording I’ve done where the fans ARE the record label. They back the project and I report directly to them on every little detail, giving them control-room access to the whole process.”

Recording at The Holler, White’s landmark recording studio, friends and fellow stars Suzy Bogguss, Lee Roy Parnell and other long-time collaborators from White’s earliest days as a country star will make special guest appearances on the first of two EP projects currently in the works — Old Friends — highlighted by rootsy re-inventions of breakout hits like “Lead Me Not,” “That’s How You Know When You’re In Love” and “That’s My Baby.” The second EP — New Loves — features White’s recently-penned originals and favorite covers, a rich stew of Americana, soul, jazz and country songs, featuring guests Shawn Mullins and bass legend Victor Wooten.

“My fans have followed me the whole way on this crazy 25-year creative journey,” shares White. “We love music and we love storytelling, and we don’t let ourselves be limited by rules about genre or medium or “brand” for God’s sake. The only rule is that it’s honest. And I honestly LOVE country and jazz and soul and movies and literature and photography and any art that moves the human spirit to a good place.”

Lari White’s Kickstarter campaign launches the first day of CMA Music Festival, Thursday, June 9 and runs through July 13 at http://kck.st/1U7K8qM. It allows fans to participate in the creation of Old Friends, New Loves and features a range of unique rewards for contributors. Standouts include a two-night Nashville vacation in White’s West Nashville bungalow with a champagne breakfast prepared by the singer herself. Other notable items include voice lessons with Lari through her new ArtistWorks Country Vocal School and a backstage pizza party at one of her upcoming concerts. Contributors can also get producer credit on the new albums or an intimate acoustic house concert.

“I can hardly believe I’ve been lucky enough to make music my entire life,” says White. “Sharing my music-making process is one way I can say ‘Thank YOU!’ to the fans who have made it possible for an amazing 25 years!”

Join Lari White’s Kickstarter campaign at http://kck.st/1U7K8qM and connect with her@SkinnyWhiteGirl and Facebook.

"Always and Forever" featuring Bebe Winans

"Always and Forever" featuring Bebe Winans

Yes, I grew up listening to Heatwave’s version of this song on the radio, and I learned a lot about singing by trying to match Johnnie Wilder, Jr’s exhilarating performance of this song note-for-note. Then Luther Vandross slayed it, too. I’d never heard a female cover this song and I wanted to find a way to make it my own...the change of meter takes this to a whole new groove and I love it! The original release of Green Eyed Soul didn’t include “Always and Forever” or the gospel “Spread The Word,” only because I’d written “High” and “Loved Right” toward the end of recording and they fit the sexy vibe so perfectly.

Glad to finally have this one released as a bonus track on Green Eyed Soul, newly re-released to the interwebs.

GREEN EYED SOUL at itunes with bonus tracks Always and Forever and Spread the Word

Happy Resurrection Season...

Happy Resurrection Season...

Is it just me, or is Spring especially feisty this year?  
Here in the Holler, Winter paints every nook and cranny in dampened shades of brown and grey, and wears down even the most positive attitude with endless days of freezing rain.  

Lari White - "Champagne" Black & White (Official Music Video)

My first music video in over a decade, and what a blast to make! I love playing this character - a Holly Golightly twenty years later, world weary but elegantly resilient, her wit as dry as her glass of bubbly. We shot the whole thing in one night at our studio, the Holler, fueled by cheap champagne, Sir Pizza and Virginia Slims. I am NOT a smoker, so this was a real acting job for me. Although I have to admit I secretly enjoyed being bad and self-destructive, especially since it was so beautifully lit.

Christin Sites, brilliant young cinematographer, shot footage of both the Julia Cole and Shawn Mullins albums I produced this year, and I knew she had the composer's eye for "Champagne." I met beautiful dancer Kata Cots at Ann Hampton Callaway and Kari Strand's wedding at Birdland in New York, developed an immediate girl crush and brought her all the way from Tijuana to be in this video - her first ever!

And can we talk about the fact that I'm playing piano on this track with killer Pete Abbot on drums and bass legend Victor Wooten on UPRIGHT...a musical coup and a big stretch for me. SO here we are, more than a little way down the road, still getting a kick from the whole crazy thing.

September winds...

September winds...

Thanks to everyone who signed up on my email list in the last couple of months! Chuck and I played Michael Hearne's Big Barn Dance last weekend, the best yet, reuniting with good friends and making new ones, hearing and singing songs we know as well as our own names and getting turned on to new music from several stunning artists. It was a joy every minute thanks to the fantastic fans who gather in Taos every year at Michael's invitation to celebrate the power of music to bring us together, heal us and send us back into the world newly inspired. 
 

Brain off, Chacha ON!

Brain off, Chacha ON!

It’s done. I danced.I stopped blogging about the process right around the time deep panic set in.
I fully intended to write every week, at least every other week about how lessons were going, the metaphor of Chacha, but I hit the psychologicalice about four weeks before the event and careened out of control, afraid I’d never remember all the steps, that I wouldn’t be strong...

Ballroom Dancing as Blood Sport: All For A Good Cause

Ballroom Dancing as Blood Sport: All For A Good Cause

I’m sore. Everywhere. My calves hurt, my sides hurt, my neck hurts. I’ve discovered muscles I never knew existed, mostly because they never screamed at me before. I’m on especially bad terms with those back muscles that run just under your shoulder blades (“lats” for you bodybuilder types),  which Wikipedia describes as “responsible for extension, adduction, transverse extension, flexion from an...

Fools For Love, or There's No Crying In ChaCha

Fools For Love, or There's No Crying In ChaCha

Four weeks from ChaCha Humiliation. Six lessons, one hot song, a third of our number choreographed and I still feel like the world’s biggest goofball. My body has a mind of it’s own, and apparently it has a very low IQ. I hear Michael say “now rotate that right foot forward and turn your ribcage left” and what...

Control Issues, or Entering the Cha Cha

Control Issues, or Entering the Cha Cha

I’ve been told I have control issues. They always say it like it’s a bad thing, but I know from personal experience that you can make being a control freak work for you a lot of the time. For example, it takes a bona fide CF like me, who refuses to do drugs in the U.S. because a) it’s illegal and b) I hate the idea of supporting a supply chain that somewhere upstream undoubtedly includes pimps and killers, to insist on going all the way to Amsterdam...

Fear of Dance

Fear of Dance

It’s a sickeningly familiar feeling, that deep-gutted fear, that fluttery breathless panic spreading like hot infection through my veins. I’m watching from the wings, about to take the stage as the star of the show, the entire cast already mid­-number under the bright lights as I realize that I have never actually been to a rehearsal for this show. I’ve listened to the music, and I can fake...

...From Lari’s Green Eyed Soul album.

...From Lari’s Green Eyed Soul album.

By spring of 2000, I was nursing an infant son and chasing a precocious toddler girl around the Holler. I was seriously missing my boyfriend (aka my husband, Chuck Cannon). I got together with the beautiful Kimmie Rhodes and the multi-talented Kevin Savigar and played them the first tracks from a new artist named Macy Gray, and also the new album released by my old friend Shelby Lynne. Both reeked of soul, and I realized that as a country singer I’d been working with one hand tied behind my back - my soul hand, the one that dropped the needle on every Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder and Bonnie Raitt album I could get my hands on. We wrote “Nothing But Love” that day and it sparked a whole collection of songs that poured out of that neglected well to become Green Eyed Soul, my favorite studio album I’ve made thus far.

Lari appears with Janine Turner and Kate Jackson in Lifetime's first feature film, "No Regrets"

In 2004 the Nashville film company Transcendent Films inked a seven-year deal with cable network Lifetime to air its first feature film. The film, No Regrets, stars Janine Turner, Kate Jackson and Nashville songwriter Lari White

No Regrets will aired as part of Lifetime's Monday night series of original movies that haven't been shown on TV before. The film features a song by White called Right Here, Right Now off her album Green Eyed Soul. White and her husband, Chuck Cannon, are hit country songwriters in Nashville. White has several albums to her credit and appeared in the movie Cast Away starring Tom Hanks.

Lari at the Cast Away Premiere

 

The 'Cast Away' Premiere at the Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California on December 7, 2000. Lari played the role of Bettina Peterson who bookended the film.

Lari White on Broadway with the ghost of Johnny Cash

Ring of Fire, the American musical that draws from the catalog of songs written and made famous by Johnny Cash, opened on Broadway March 12, 2016. At the center of the show are six principals paired off to make three couples: young, middle-aged and older, played by Beth Malone and Tony Award-winner Jarrod Emick, Grammy Award-winner Lari White and Jeb Brown, and Jason Edwards and Cass Morgan.

“We actually got to create this piece and sit in a room together and make up parts and say, ‘Oh, I’ll sing the harmony part and you take the lead.’ The musicians were all making up what they were going to play. It’s been a very organic process of actually creating a piece of American theater.”

In the second act, White performs “All Over Again,” a Cash song she had never heard before production started. The director Richard Maltby asked her to rearrange it to make it her own. Now, she says, “I have completely fallen in love with that song.”

There's Power in The Blood

There's Power in The Blood

Like the film itself, the soundtrack to Robert Duvall's The Apostle is a carefully crafted, subtly brilliant collection of contemporary country and gospel. The songs offer an excellent overview of gospel, particularly country gospel, music. Traditional gospel tune "There Is Power in the Blood" is performed by  Lari White and there are great contributions from Johnny Cash, Russ Taff, Bill Gaither, and the Carter Family, among others. The result is a spellbinding album and one of the rare soundtracks that stands on its own merits.

- from All Music Guide