By Ken Paulson
Lari White, a dear friend and extraordinarily talented artist, passed this away this morning at age 52 after a sudden and relentless illness.
She was an amazing woman, joyous, caring and creative in all things.
Some would know Lari from her ’90s country hits. Others will recall her memorable appearance with Tom Hanks in “Castaway.” Still others will know her from her R&B excursions or projects as a producer and songwriter. I still remember walking into “Ring of Fire,” the Johnny Cash musical on Broadway and seeing my friend front and center in the cast. She was phenomenal.
Last year, Lari released a pair of EPs titled “Old Friends” and “New Loves.” We had the chance last year to catch up with her on board Delbert McClinton’s Sandy Beaches Cruise. Here’s Lari talking about the music she loved: