If you get raised up having everything you want and then get put out in the world and try to live your own life, you've never had anything to train you how to live.— Jonny Lang
The most delicious Jonny Lang quotes that are little-known but priceless
Apparently, there's this whole set of disgruntled people but obviously it's not my intention to offend anyone by changing the style of music that I've done.
During a big rock show, you can flub a few things and nobody will hear it, because it gets buried under everything else.
I'm not a fast, stream-of-consciousness lyricist at all - I know some guys who are, and if there is one skill I wish I had, it's that.
I hope that it can relate to and be a blessing to anybody, with the hope that someday they will find Jesus Christ to be the same God that I've found Him to be.
Right, yeah, you know, my favorite thing just globally about music is just hopefully I'm able to be, you know, blessing the people in any way that I can.
But I needed to prove to everyone that I was a serious musician.
I think I've just gotten better at learning how to write a song.
I think in the future I will end up doing a gospel album.
And as I got older and played more, people began to forget about my age and took the music more seriously.
My parents had a huge pile of records - vinyl! - that I loved, especially the Motown stuff, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding.
I have an awesome church home and an awesome Pastor down in L.A., and I couldn't be happier.
I've been getting into different gospel artists;
Aretha Franklin is someone I've been listening to a lot of.
You know, being able to, in my mind, have a song that you know doesn't really have any loose ends or you know, extra fat in it, so to speak.
Cause I enjoy both, I enjoy recording and playing live, but yeah, the rush of playing live is really something.
With the style of music that I do, I don't think it's at the top of their agenda to push me into doing any compromising material.
I don't want to sound arrogant or anything, but I just always knew that my career would be playing music.
Yeah, but Jesus is the most important thing to me and I want to be bold about it.
Sometimes I'll get a burst when I write lyrics, it usually happens in 20 minutes and I'll write the whole song, and that's really the only way it feels comfortable.
I think my favorite thing is the mystery of life - it makes you feel that much better about accomplishing something.
I have way too many songs that have music but don't have lyrics.
I've probably gone a month or two without playing guitar, just because I've gotten so burnt on it touring all year or whatever.
When you get just that right audience and just that right sound on stage and you can just sit back and kinda just let it happen and it's not really any work. I love those moments. Nothing can beat that for me.
I see a lot of parents now who are really supporting their kids playing music.
It's an honor to win a Grammy, of course.
I think you have to know exactly what you want.
Whether you want to be a guitar player or a musician, you have to be really focused on it if you really want to do it.
I'm glad I didn't know certain things earlier, because then it wouldn't be any fun.
It seemed at first that everybody was more concerned with my age.
I really enjoy what I do and have been fortunate to pursue basically whatever I'm feeling at the time.
Right now I really enjoy writing songs.
I feel so blessed, and God has been so good to me.
Well, people who are blues purist types are usually the most vocal and the ones that pop up on the websites.
My dad was good friends with the Bad Medicine Blues Band - one of the only blues bands in Fargo, as you can imagine! He took me out to see them play when I was 12 years old and I was really inspired by their guitar player, Ted Larsen.
I love all kinds of different music.
My dad used to play drums in a country band, and my mom is an incredible singer.
Who I am musically I hope will just keep changing and changing.
I've been in fortunate position of never really having to battle with my record company to do the things I wanted to do in the studio.
When I began my career, I was constantly referred to as the kid who could play the blues.
I wanted to have something that I was proud of and that I knew people would enjoy.
I've literally become comfortable with approaching whatever style of music at any time.
I always knew I wanted to be a musician.
I definitely have a firm, fixed idea of what compromise is for me.
My passion is for playing music and although everyone needs a break sometimes just to keep things interesting and fresh, there's no way I would ever give that up.
I think it's like everything you do is just a reflection of who you are as an artist.
Well, I got married about two and a half years ago, and that's been a big change in my life.
Some of my influences are black gospel artists so I definitely want to do a soul-gospel type thing.
Probably my favorite artists to listen to James Taylor, Stevie Wonder - I haven't gone back in a really long time and really listened to them - my first guitar influences. It's been awhile since I revisited that.
I moved from Minnesota out to Los Angeles and I thought I was going to hate it out there, but I really like it.
It's just satisfying for me to be able to write kind of like a finished, nice product.