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. 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 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.

Blue Collar Gospel”, Rick’s 3rd multi- artist gospel recording project was released on May 17, 2024 on Billy Blue Records. The new album features 11 brand new gospel songs, co-written with some of the top songwriters in Bluegrass. Produced by Jerry Salley, “Blue Collar Gospel” offers one stunning vocal performance after another. Features vocalists include: Jerry Salley, Oak Ridge Boys, Becky Buller, Nathan Woodard, Dave Adkins, Barry Abernathy, John Meador, Tim Raybon, Bradley Walker, Daryl Mosley, Jaelee Roberts, Danny Paisley, Ben James, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Williamson Branch, Donna Ulisse, Alan Bibey, Magnolia Williams and Alecia Nugent.

The album’s first single “Just Beyond”, quickly reached #1 on three of the top three radio airplay charts.

Radio programmer Buddy Michaels offers:

“Rick Lang has done it again! The master of the co-write with a knack for getting the most out of every line; and everyone involved too! The team that brought you the Grammy nominated ‘Gonna Sing, Gonna Shout’ has outdone themselves. The Grammy and IBMA folks better polish up the hardware; the best is at it again.”

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