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article imageInterview with Jonny Lang: 'Fight For My Soul' Special

By Markos Papadatos     Nov 10, 2013 in Entertainment
Grammy-winning blues and rock singer-songwriter Jonny Lang opened up about his latest studio album "Fight For My Soul" and his current tour.
He served as the executive producer for his new CD Fight For My Soul, which is his first studio effort in seven years. "This is the first record that I have done on my own," he said. "I organized the whole project on my own. It was quite a learning experience."
On the album's song selection process, Lang remarked, "That was the hardest part since we had a bunch of songs to choose from and we had to narrow it down to 11. The whole idea was that I wanted somebody to able to listen to it from top to bottom. The songs went well together consecutively and they take you on a journey. We tried to get the dynamics right. It was kind of fun and challenging to piece it together like that. It probably took us a couple of weeks to figure that out."
He continued, "I think I am definitely most proud of this record. I feel like it's about as good as an attempt as I can making an album. Stylistically, it is a little different from my past albums, but listen to it a couple of times and hopefully you will see where I am going with it. Enjoy it."
When asked about his personal favorite recording, he shared, "I am most proud of 'Seasons," which is the second to last track."
He noted that his album cut "The Truth" started with Lang playing guitar and stumbling on a chord progression. "Then, I had this idea for the chorus and I got to play it for Tommy [Sims], who I did the record with, and he helped me finish the lyrics to that one," he said.
For Lang, a difference exists when he records in the studio and when he sings live. "The studio is like taking all the people that are watching you live and putting you under a microscope and watching you. Every little mistake is heard and there is no covering up on what is being done. It is completely just out there in the studio, so it makes you focus a lot more," he said. "Focusing like that used to be my enemy, but I have gotten a little better at it and I am trying to embrace it a lot more."
He dubbed his current tour as a "great" experience, since he did not have to cancel any shows, despite him feeling a little under the weather. "We have been pretty safe and everything is going good," he said. "So far so good."
On November 14, Lang will perform live at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury in Long Island, New York. "I love playing in New York," he said. "That's a venue that I love going back to since it's in the round. I love the fans out there. The audience is always killer in Long Island, so it's going to be a good time."
He hopes to make another record soon, so that he won't have the seven year gap again. "I want to focus on being a little bit more international and going to Europe more such as Japan and Australia. Other than that, it is business as usual," he said.
Throughout his career, Lang has won a Grammy award for "Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album" for Turn Around; moreover, Season 11 American Idol winner Phillip Phillips has listed Lang as one his personal favorite singers, as well as a huge musical influence in his life. "The Grammy was really gratifying. I was shocked, but I was very flattered by that," he said.
Lang revealed that he would love to someday write a song with Stevie Wonder and James Taylor. "I would be a happy man," he said with a laugh.
For Lang, he defined success as "a state of mind" as opposed to "a stand of being."
For more information on singer-songwriter Jonny Lang, his new music and tour dates, check out his website.
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