Blue Collar Gospel – Rick Lang

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Rick Lang

Rick Lang Releases Blue Collar Gospel

Acclaimed bluegrass songwriter, Rick Lang, has released his follow up recording to the Grammy-nominated Gonna Sing, Gonna Shout. Blue Collar Gospel is a soulful fusion of work-worn blues and spirit-lifting harmonies that preaches the Gospel through examples of everyday resilience. The album, produced by Grammy-nominated producer and songwriter, Jerry Salley, is an extraordinary collection of collaborations from some of the greatest names in bluegrass today is out now.

Fans can listen to Blue Collar Gospel here.

Blue Collar GospelSince 2019 alone, Lang has garnered 15 number one singles, two numberone albums, over 50 charted tracks, multiple IBMA awards and a Grammy nomination, further solidifying his legacy as a true luminary in both bluegrass and Gospel music. Captivating audiences with his unparalleled songwriting prowess, Lang yet again crafts soul-stirring and thought-provoking lyrics within his latest release, Blue Collar Gospel.

I’m beyond excited about my new Gospel music project Blue Collar Gospel on Billy Blue Records. These songs are about ordinary people and their faith. Themes about everyday hard working folks, their struggles, their failures, their triumphs, and their faith and relationship with God. I’m so grateful to my co-writers and the performers who helped bring these songs to life. There’s nothing more important to me than writing Gospel music. I feel it’s my calling, a form of ministry, God’s plan for me – Rick Lang.

Bluegrass and country greats, such as Jerry Salley, the Oak Ridge Boys, Danny Paisley, Dave Adkins, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Donna Ulisse, Barry Abernathy, Becky Buller, and many others breathe life into Rick Lang’s lyrics, infusing every word with emotion and depth. The album features some unique collaborations such as Blue Collar Gospel, (Jerry Salley and The Oak Ridge Boys) and Everyday Blessings, (Daryl Mosley and Jaelee Roberts) which bring their own perspective on themes of faith, hope, and resilience.

When asked to be a part of Blue Collar Gospel, all we had to do was hear that song one time, and we were in. Duane Allen, William Lee Golden, Richard Sterban and myself have fun on a little bluegrass with brother Jerry Salley. Hope yall like the song. We love the song – Joe Bonsall, The Oak Ridge Boys.

With Blue Collar Gospel, an 11-track album, Lang has crafted a musical journey that captures the essence of bluegrass while weaving in the heart and soul of Gospel themes. The album is a tribute to Lang’s mastery as a songwriter and the collaborative talents of the artists who bring his words to life. Whether you find yourself tapping your feet to the rhythms or closing your eyes to absorb the poignant stories, this album is more than just music – it’s a celebration of the human spirit and reminds us that hope always remains.

About Rick Lang:

A native of New Hampshire, Grammy nominated songwriter Rick Lang has become well known in the Bluegrass community and beyond. His songs have been covered by some of the most renowned artists in Bluegrass music, Gospel and even the Jazz world. Over 125 song cuts to his credit, including several album title tracks, 15 #1s, and the number keeps growing each year.

Rick has released seven studio albums of his own to date. Each have featured all original Rick Lang compositions.

Rick’s 2010 Gospel release Look To The Light was nominated for a GMA (Gospel Music Association) Dove Award, and the single Sailing On was nominated for an IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Gospel Recorded Event Of The Year.

The title cut from Rick’s Christmas/Seasonal album, “That’s What I Love About Christmas” was awarded 2015 Holiday Song Of The Year by the IMEA (International Music & Entertainment Association)

A highlight of Rick’s career as a songwriter was the release of his 2nd Gospel album Gonna Sing, Gonna Shout in the fall of 2018 on the newly established Billy Blue Records label. The title track was awarded 2019 IBMA Gospel Recording Of The Year and the entire album received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Roots Gospel Album. Two of the songs from GSGS “Heavens Back Yar” and “Don’t Tune Him In” reached #1 on the Singing News Bluegrass Gospel Charts.

In Feb 2022, Rick released his highly anticipated story song concept album, A Tale To Tell on Dark Shadow Recording, A Tale To Tell was received with critical acclaim by the music world. Several songs from A Tale To Tell quickly appearing on various radio airplay charts, the full album reaching #1.

Rick is an alumni of the IBMA Leadership Bluegrass Program (class of 2012), currently chairs the IBMA Songwriter Committee, a mentor in the IBMA Songwriter Mentor Program. He is a three- time nominee for IBMA Songwriter Of The Year and two time nominee for IBMA Mentor Of The Year. Rick established the Rick Lang Music Songwriting Scholarship at ETSU for songwriting students in June 2018, and a second Songwriting Scholarship through the IBMA Foundation in 2020. Rick is deeply committed to mentoring and helping young aspiring songwriters.

Rick and his wife Wendy have two daughters, three granddaughters, and currently reside in Kingston New Hampshire.

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