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Chuck Cannon

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.

About Chuck Cannon

Cannon was born and raised in South Carolina. His father was a Pentecostal preacher. He was inspired at an early age by local folk songs as well as black spiritual songs. 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.

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. This song also won the Song of the Year award at the Academy of Country Music awards, which is awarded to songwriters. 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. “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. Cannon also self-released two albums: God Shaped Hole and Love and Money in 2006 and 2008, respectively.

Here’s Chuck’s description of his life.

– born in Greenville, SC

– moved to North, SC

– moved to Myrtle Beach, SC

– picked up baseball

– found girls

– put baseball down

– picked up guitar

– found girls who were more fun

– moved to Franklin Springs, GA

– moved to Nashville, TN

– picked up songwriting

– married wrong girl

– laid down songwriting

– divorced wrong girl

– picked up songwriting again

– married right girl

– had 3 awesome kids

– wrote hits with over 25 million plays at radio

– quit trying to do that

– picked up guitar again

– started making up songs for myself

– songs got way better

– made 4 cds

– started performing way better songs

– feel better now

Reviews of Chuck Cannon

“A masterful guitarist, his style ranged from bluesy to classical to Irish/folk, all completely compelling… Throughout the night, either singing or storytelling, Cannon often had the audience in the palm of his hand – the man is an extremely gifted artist.
— Jim Simpson, No Depression

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Nashville, Tennessee


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