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Monday, July 25th

The Songwriters Studio Welcomes

Lari White

interview by KZLA's Larry Santiago

Cinegrill at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

8pm show (doors at 7pm)

$12 cover ($1o ASCAP)

Raised in the darkest heartlands of Florida, country superstar Lari White has earned a Gold record, multiple awards, huge live acclaim and several Grammy nominations. The culmination of all this was actually winning a Grammy for Best Gospel Album, with her stunning version of “Amazing Grace” on The Apostle soundtrack.

In 1988, she appeared on the Nashville Network's You Can Be a Star and won the first prize. The award led to a record contract with Capitol. Before the end of the year, she had released a single on Capitol, "Flying Above the Rain," which became a regional hit in the South but failed to break into the big time. Later that same year, she joined Ronnie Milsap's publishing house and began taking acting lessons. For the next few years, White continued in this vein, choosing to hone her talent, sing in local dinner theaters and wait for another break. That break arrived in 1991, after an ASCAP showcase revived interest in her talents. Following the showcase, Rodney Crowell asked her to sing backup vocals in his live band. In 1992, White signed a record contract with RCA and Crowell produced her debut album, Lead Me Not, which was released the following year.

Lead Me Not received strong reviews and produced three minor hit singles: "What a Woman Wants," "Lead Me Not," and "Lay Around and Love You." Wishes, White's second album, became her breakthrough release, producing the Top Ten singles "That's My Baby," "Now I Know," and "That's How You Know (When You're in Love)." She released her third album, "Don't Fence Me In", but despite her successes, she increasingly felt she was straying from her roots and being pushed towards the Country mainstream - though as she emphatically points out, ‘I ain’t that Country!’.
 
 ‘Green Eyed Soul’ marks a stark departure from Lari’s previous work. As far away from Country as it is close to, literally Soul, Lari, like her contemporary Shelby Lynne, doesn’t shy away from digging beneath the placid surface into the dark underbelly of life within the insular communities of the deep South. Drawing heavily on her formative influences, Lari wrote and produced the album herself ; she blends classic soul/R&B sensibilities with modern technology to tackle subjects such as love and the loss of innocence, conjuring up heady images of languorous, sultry Southern nights.