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She spoke to Fox News Digital this week about her latest project, singer-songwriter Kelly Lang, Based in Nashvillespoke about her inspirations, her personal battles against cancer – and why faith is central to her life.
“My dad was the manager of Conway Tweety Road, so obviously I’ve been playing country music at home,” Lang said. “But my mom always beat Frankie Valley or Elvis, of course — but mostly Gladys Knight.”
Lang said of Knight, “I just adore her. She’s the greatest singer, in my opinion, of anyone I’ve ever heard.”
Lang just released a new cover of The Great Gladys Knight and the pepsi song, “Midnight Train To Georgia” – premiering here on Fox News Digital within this article – as well as her recently released autobiography. The book takes readers and fans into her very human battle against breast cancer, her musical journeys and much more.
“I can’t even try to be good,” she said, referring to Gladys Knight. “But just honoring her is important to me.”
“I want the new generation, those who will come after me, to be able to know what great songs are. That’s why I have such a passion for great songs – I don’t want people to forget where they come from. That might be the spark of some talk.”
Lang has stated that she has seen Nate perform in Mississippi and elsewhere over the years, although she has not yet been able to meet her face to face.
“I just adore her – I think everything about her is great.”
“The music I recorded on this album brought us back to a happier time.”
So what made Lange choose to record this song?
“We did this album called ‘Old Soul’ in 2020, and I was very hesitant to release it,” Lang said.
it was time coronavirus pandemicof course — “And no one really knew what was going on and everyone was depressed,” Lang said in 2020. “But then I thought, the music I recorded on this album brought us back to a much happier time, where you can remember, ‘Oh, yeah , that’s when I was in high school,” or “Oh, yeah, that’s when I met my love.”
She said, “It brings you back…these are songs you hear in the grocery store right now,” or “When you finish your nails.”
They’re still popular – they’re still loved, and they’re gaining new fans every day.
“So I just found my greatest collection of those great songs,” she said, “and one of them was Gladys Knight’s song.”
“You did really well,” Lang said, as she considered doing a new round of great song recordings.
“I’ve learned to appreciate things. I’ve learned to look at things more openly, like, the sky is bluer, and the grass is greener.”
“I shied away from the ‘Midnight Train to Georgia’ at first because I didn’t think I could do it fair,” Lang said.
“Then I thought, Well, if it comes out badly, I don’t have to put it on the album! (laughs) and I enjoyed performing it—and everyone knows that song. And everyone appreciates it,” she said.
So she couldn’t resist doing it after all.
“how much did you learn”
Lang spoke honestly about the challenges going through breast cancer – “You won’t believe how much I learned” from the experience, she said.
“I’m not going to take anything to try,” she said. “I know this sounds crazy – I don’t want to go back to it again, don’t get me wrong.”
“But I learned how to appreciate things,” she said. “I learned how to look at things more openly, like, the sky is bluer, the grass is greener.”
“I was diagnosed at the age of 36,” she said. “And at the time, I was doing my best to get through life. I didn’t care about what really mattered. Or the people who really mattered.”
“Some people consider cancer a death sentence. But I like to take it as my life sentence. It was like a reset button for me to be able to live more abundantly and with appreciation.”
Now, she said, I pause a little–and see more clearly who needs things, who needs help.
And the “God promised If you just let me go through this, I will do my best to be a shining light to others, to be a ray of hope for someone.”
And here I am, 17 years later, and I am humbled, really humbled, because I’m still here, talking to you now, and sharing my story with other people.”
It’s a pleasure being able to “encourage someone else and tell others, ‘You can get through this,'” Lang said, “whatever it may be.
“Yes, I’m stronger now, because nothing really scares you more than you hear, ‘Cancer,’ but it’s a tough chore, and I encourage people to follow their instincts” in getting over it, she said.
She also said, “Some people consider cancer a death sentence. But I like to say that I consider it a life sentence. It was like a reset button for me to be able to live in abundance and appreciation.”
“It is not an easy path. For the rest of your life, [cancer] Always have a worry in your mind.”
She said she wrote a song called “Life Sentence” – which is due out in October of this year.
“And it doesn’t end there,” she said. “When you see a woman who has survived breast cancer, they go into reconstruction, or the radiation has caused some damage to other parts of the body – it’s not an easy path,” she added.
“For the rest of your life, it’s always a worry in your mind.”
What keeps it going?
“It’s everything,” she said, referring to God and her deep faith.
She said she often prays and talks to God.
She added, “I never feel lonely. I’m not afraid of anything because I know the end. I’m just a passerby. So you don’t have to worry about what’s going on. It’s temporary.”
She also praised her husband, T.G. Sheppard, for always standing by and encouraging her.
“We have a lot in common. I’m learning from him. He’s been so successful in his music career – and it’s great to be able to bounce things off him and get advice, knowing I’m being protected by someone who’s been through,” she said.
How can both of them juggle everything – their schedules, their commitments, their work, their home life?
“We’re doing really well! We don’t have competition between us,” she said. “We have 1,000% support for each other.”
The couple have been married since 2007. She described TG as a rock of support – and said she’s learned a lot from him and from the success he’s worked so hard to achieve over the years.
Lang has two daughters. “I am so grateful to God that he allowed me to be your mother,” she wrote to her daughters at the dedication of her book.
As a singer-songwriter, Lang has had great success – her songs have been recorded by artists such as Ricky Skaggs, Laurie Morgan, Oak Ridge Boys, Crystal Gale, George Jones, BJ Thomas, Jimmy Fortune and Jerry Lee Lewis. And Johnny Lee, to name a few.
“Kelly has always been one of the greatest voices of our time,” BJ Thomas said of her when “Old Soul,” one of her latest albums, was released.
To see Kelly Lange’s show “Midnight Train To Georgia”, watch the music video at the top of this article – or Click here to access it.