Platinum-selling artist and soulful-voiced guitar hero, Jonny Lang, is turning heads again with his critically acclaimed, fifth studio album, Turn Around, released Sept. 19 on A&M Records. The album garnered a 49th Annual GRAMMY Awards nomination for Best Rock Or Rap Gospel Album. Lang’s first GRAMMY nomination was received for 1998’s Wander This World.
In 1997, Newsweek listed Lang in the Century Club of the 100 Americans expected to be influential in the next millennium. Ten years into his recording career, Jonny Lang is fulfilling the promise critics hailed at the outset of his career. He has garnered platinum certifications, headlines sold-out concerts around the world and has shared the stage with the Rolling Stones, U2, Aerosmith, Sting, B.B. King and more. His recordings and live performances have seen him exploring his own creative vision and developing his talents as a singer/songwriter. Lang’s latest release, Turn Around, reveals him to be an artist of extraordinary musical and spiritual depth.
“Lang’s singing has never been better and more versatile. He’s soulful and spirited whether he’s doing a Prince-like falsetto or a funky blues,” writes the Minneapolis Star Tribune (9/18/2006). “No longer the blues-rock boy wonder, at the wise old age of 25, [Jonny Lang] is a veteran road dog. And his preternaturally gritty singing — always the more essential talent than his precocious guitar chops — has ripened into a sweet soul instrument indeed,” echoes The Portland Oregonian (10/6/06).
On Turn Around, Lang confidently employs the songwriting craft he introduced on 2003’s Long Time Coming, the first album on which he had written or co-written nearly all of the songs. Though, as a guitarist, he had long studied and eventually shared the stage with the likes of Buddy Guy and B.B. King, Lang’s own songs fit more accurately under the broader rubric of soul music. One reviewer once said of Lang’s sound, “It’s more Stevie Wonder than Stevie Ray Vaughn.”
Produced by Lang and GRAMMY winning songwriter/performers Drew Ramsey and Shannon Sanders (India.Arie, Temptations, Nicole C. Mullen), and anchored by former Prince New Power Generation drummer Michael Bland, Turn Around immediately shot to No. 1 on the SoundScan® compiled Current Contemporary Christian and Christian Rock/Alternative sales charts in its first week at retail. The recording also landed at No. 35 on the Billboard Top 200. In addition to A&M Record’s general market channels of distribution for Turn Around, Provident-Integrity Distribution is providing distribution to Christian retail for the first time.
For official Jonny Lang news and information go to www.jonnylang.com.
The 49th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on “GRAMMY Sunday,” Feb. 11, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and once again will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). See www.grammy.com for a full list of 49th GRAMMY Awards nominees.
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