NH Songwriter Rick Lang Biography

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. Well over 100 song cuts to his credit, including several album title tracks, over a dozen #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 labelThe 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 RecordingA 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.