The music industry was devastated to learn of the sudden passing of Lari White, who rocked the gospel and southern rock scene for decades.
White was a legendary performer and award-winning producer, who not only wrote hits for her own albums, but helped lift the careers of other artists along the way.
Her career began while performing with her family's Gospel band in Florida, where she was born. Achieving stardom through a talent show, White released her debut album "Wishes" that rocketed to the top of the charts. She would go on to win several Grammy awards for her work.
With many hit songs over the course of decades, White turned her attention to producing the music of other artists, becoming the first first female producer of a male superstar, Toby Keith.
The star's family announced earlier this week that White had passed away while in hospice care, surrounded by loved ones. Since then, there has been a flood of tributes and touching messages from the country music industry in response to her death.
Fellow country music artists reached out to share their heartfelt condolences with White's family and loved ones, still trying to process the singer's sudden passing.
“Deeply saddened at the loss of Lari White[.] She was a mountain of talent. Artist, writer, producer; the whole package,” writes Bryan White.
Gary LeVox, singer of the band Rascal Flats, said "My heart is so sad today for the passing of Lari White. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. Country music has lost a pioneer and a dear friend."
Condolences to the family of Lari White.— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) January 23, 2018
Rest in peace Mam
Music City will miss you.
@skinnywhitegirl To whomever manages this page... Please tell the family of Lari White that you have my deepest sympathies and condolences. May she rest in eternal peace and may the Angels carry her to the Lord. pic.twitter.com/5Lqp74Cc3w— Richard Johnson (@greeneyes1773) January 25, 2018