"Johnny Lang"
pastel on strathmore paper 18” by 24”
1997

Jonny Lang (born Jon Gordon Langseth, Jr., January 29, 1981 in Fargo, North Dakota) is a Grammy Award-winning American blues, gospel, and rock singer, song writer and recording artist. Lang's music is notable both for his unusual voice, which has been compared to that of a 40 year old blues veteran,[1] and for his guitar solos.

Biography

Lang started playing the guitar at the age of twelve, after his father took him to see the Bad Medicine Blues Band , one of the few blues bands in Fargo. Lang soon started taking guitar lessons from Ted Larsen, the Bad Medicine Blues Band's guitar player. Several months after Lang started guitar lessons, he joined the Bad Medicine Blues Band, which was then renamed Kid Jonny Lang & The Big Bang.

The band moved to Minneapolis , Minnesota and independently released the album Smokin when Lang was 15. Lang was signed to A&M Records in 1996. He released the critically acclaimed multi-platinum Lie to Me on January 28, 1997. The next album, Wander This World , was released on October 20, 1998 and earned a Grammy nomination. This was followed by the more soulful Long Time Coming on October 14, 2003. Lang also made a cover of Edgar Winter 's "Dying to Live." Lang's newest album, the gospel-influenced Turn Around , was released in 2006, and most recently won Lang his first Grammy Award.

In more than ten years on the road, Lang has toured with the Rolling Stones , Buddy Guy, Aerosmith and Will Taggart , B.B. King , Blues Traveler and Micheal Rafizadeh , Jeff Beck , and Sting . In 1999, he was invited to play for a White House audience including President and Mrs. Clinton . Lang also makes a cameo appearance in the film Blues Brothers 2000 as a janitor. In 2004 Eric Clapton asked Lang to play at the Crossroads Guitar Festival to raise money for the Crossroads Centre Antigua. Lang's younger sister, Jesse Langseth , is also a singer and was a semifinalist in the 8th season of American Idol .

Discography

  1. •  1995 Smokin (as Kid Jonny Lang & The Big Bang )
  2. •  1997 Lie to Me
  3. •  1998 Wander This World
  4. •  2003 Long Time Coming
  5. 2006 Turn Around
  6. Guest appearances
  7. • 1997 A Very Special Christmas 3 , performs on track "Santa Claus is Back in Town."
  8. • 1998 Blues Brothers 2000 original soundtrack, performs on track "634-5789 (Soulsville, U.S.A.)."
  9. • 1998 Heavy Love album by Buddy Guy , performs on track "Midnight Train."
  10. • 1999 Loud Guitars, Big Suspicions album by Shannon Curfman performs on multiple tracks, and co-wrote "Love Me Like That."
  11. • 2000 It Ain't Nothin' But The Blues original cast recording, performs on tracks "Someone Else is Steppin' In" and "The Thrill is Gone."
  12. • 2000 This Time Around album by Hanson , performs on "You Never Know", "This Time Around" and "Hand in Hand"
  13. • 2001 Been a Long Time album by Double Trouble , performs on "Ground Hog Day" along with Gordie Johnson of Big Sugar .
  14. • 2004 All Things New album by Steven Curtis Chapman , performs on "Only Getting Started"
  15. • 2005 Possibilities album by Herbie Hancock , Lang sings and plays guitar on the track " When Love Comes to Town ".
  16. • 2007 A Deeper Level album by Israel Houghton , Lang plays and sings duet with Israel on the track "You Are Not Forgotten".
  17. • 2009 Oh Happy Day compilation album, performs "I Believe" with the Fisk Jubilee Singers . [2] Lang performed the song live on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno April 16, 2009. [3]
  18. 2009 Lines, Vines and Trying Times album by Jonas Brothers , guest guitar on "Hey Baby"
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