Jonny Langis an American blues, gospel, and rock singer, songwriter, guitarist and recording artist. He has five albums that charted on the top 50 of the Billboard 200 chart and has won a Grammy Award for Turn Around...
I'm at a place where I just feel so grateful for what I'm doing. I couldn't ask for anything more.
I have an awesome church home and an awesome Pastor down in L.A., and I couldn't be happier.
I think the people at my record label know I'm a Christian and again, I've been really blessed that I've never had to get into a head-butt war over moral standards or anything like 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.
For the most part, we're playing acoustic instruments, ... But the show isn't completely unplugged. A more accurate description would be 'broken down.'
It's just satisfying for me to be able to write kind of like a finished, nice product.
I really enjoy what I do and have been fortunate to pursue basically whatever I'm feeling at the time.
I moved from Minnesota out to Los Angeles and I thought I was going to hate it out there, but I really like it.
I love all kinds of different music.
I have way too many songs that have music but don't have lyrics.
I feel so blessed, and God has been so good to me.
I don't want to sound arrogant or anything, but I just always knew that my career would be playing music.
I didn't just want to put something out that I wasn't satisfied with.
I definitely have a firm, fixed idea of what compromise is for me.
I always knew I wanted to be a musician.
Cause I enjoy both, I enjoy recording and playing live, but yeah, the rush of playing live is really something.
I see a lot of parents now who are really supporting their kids playing music.
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.
It seemed at first that everybody was more concerned with my age.
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.
I've literally become comfortable with approaching whatever style of music at any time.
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.
I'm glad I've learned what I've learned when I learned it.
I'm glad I didn't know certain things earlier, because then it wouldn't be any fun.
I wanted to have something that I was proud of and that I knew people would enjoy.
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 think my favorite thing is the mystery of life - it makes you feel that much better about accomplishing something.
I think it's like everything you do is just a reflection of who you are as an artist.
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.
It's an honor to win a Grammy, of course.
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.
My dad used to play drums in a country band, and my mom is an incredible singer.
My parents had a huge pile of records - vinyl! - that I loved, especially the Motown stuff, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding.
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.
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.
Yeah, touring can get rough some times and draining, but I always have to pinch myself and realize that I'm doing what I love.
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.
During a big rock show, you can flub a few things and nobody will hear it, because it gets buried under everything else.
When I began my career, I was constantly referred to as the kid who could play the blues.
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.
Right now I really enjoy writing songs.
And as I got older and played more, people began to forget about my age and took the music more seriously.
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.
Yeah, but Jesus is the most important thing to me and I want to be bold about it.
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.
Who I am musically I hope will just keep changing and changing.
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.
Well, people who are blues purist types are usually the most vocal and the ones that pop up on the websites.
Well, I got married about two and a half years ago, and that's been a big change in my life.
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.
Some of my influences are black gospel artists so I definitely want to do a soul-gospel type thing.
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'm more influenced, just in general, not by blues artists, but more by stuff from Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder. Stevie Wonder is probably my biggest musical influence of all. And Donny Hathaway.
I've been getting into different gospel artists; Aretha Franklin is someone I've been listening to a lot of.