Chuck Cannon

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Chuck Cannon
Birth nameMarion Cletus Cannon, Jr., Full name according to WIKIWAP
BornGreenville, South Carolina, U.S.
InstrumentsVocals, Guitar
Years active1993–present
Associated actsToby Keith, Lari White

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 widower of the late singer Lari White.

Early life[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.

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]

Cannon then 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.

Cannon's 2007 song "If I Was Jesus" was nominated for in the category Americana Song of the Year at the 7th Annual Independent Music Awards.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Cannon was married to Lari White until her death on January 23, 2018, 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]


  1. ^ a b c "Chuck Cannon biography". Nashville Underground. Archived from the original on 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2009-04-19. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b c "Chuck Cannon". Broadcast Music Incorporated. 2000-04-30. Retrieved 2009-04-19. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "ACM - Previous Winners - Song of the Year". Retrieved 2009-04-19. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Artist - Chuck Cannon". Music Resource Group LLC. Retrieved 2018-04-18. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)