Chuck Cannon

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Chuck Cannon
Birth name Marion Cletus Cannon, Jr., Full name according to WIKIWAP
Born Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Songwriter
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Years active 199x-present
Associated acts Toby Keith, Lari White
Website chuckcannon.com

Marion Cletus "Chuck" Cannon, Jr. (born in Greenville, South Carolina) is an American country music songwriter. His compositions include hit singles for Toby Keith and John Michael Montgomery. Cannon has also received awards for Broadcast Music Incorporated, as well as an Academy of Country Music award for Song of the Year. He is the husband of singer Lari White.

Biography[edit]

Cannon was born and raised in South Carolina. His father was a Pentecostal preacher.[1] He was inspired at an early age by local folk songs as well as black spiritual songs.[2] He later performed at local venues, then moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in 1984 to attend Belmont University. By 1988, he was signed to a songwriting contract.

Cannon's "If I Was Jesus" was nominated for the 7th Annual Independent Music Awards for Americana Song of the year.

Writing career[edit]

One of Cannon's first notable compositions was "I Love the Way You Love Me", a Number One hit for John Michael Montgomery in 1993, which Cannon co-wrote with Victoria Shaw.[1] This song also won the Song of the Year award at the Academy of Country Music awards, which is awarded to songwriters.[3] From there, Cannon began working primarily for Toby Keith, including "Me Too", "Dream Walkin'", "We Were in Love", "Getcha Some", "If a Man Answers" and "When Love Fades" in the late 1990s, "How Do You Like Me Now?!" in 2000, and "American Soldier" in 2003-2004.[2] "How Do You Like Me Now?!" was also the Number One country song of the year according to the Billboard Year-End charts. Both it and "I Love the Way You Love Me" earned Eight-Million-Air awards from Broadcast Music Incorporated for receiving eight million spins at radio.[1] Cannon also self-released two albums: God Shaped Hole and Love and Money in 2006 and 2008, respectively.

Family[edit]

Cannon is married to Lari White, for whom he has also written singles.[2] They have two daughters, M'Kenzy and Kyra, and a son, Jaxon.

Singles written by Cannon[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Chuck Cannon biography". Nashville Underground. Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  2. ^ a b c "Chuck Cannon". Broadcast Music Incorporated. 2000-04-30. Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  3. ^ "ACM - Previous Winners - Song of the Year". About.com. Retrieved 2009-04-19.