Timeless songwriter Kelly Lang is going nowhere
Almost 16 years ago, when I sat in a hospital room and saw nurses, doctors, friends and family come in and out to treat cancer patients lying in their beds. reads, this struck a singer-songwriter. Kelly Lang No one paid attention to her best friend, who sat tirelessly by her husband’s bedside.
“She kept holding hands and saying, ‘I’m not going anywhere,’” Lang recalls. “And she looked very tired, and I wanted her to know that I admired her and supported her in this difficult position.
Inspired by the enduring love of her friends, Lang wrote the song “I’m Going Nowhere” – a tribute to the Guardian.
Just six months later, Lang was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was a 36-year-old single mother who had just signed a recording contract. At this time, she was dating her current husband, country singer TG Sheppard. I remember Lang was receiving intensive treatment and feeling very vulnerable. One morning after dropping the girl off at school, she stood in front of the mirror and cried reflexively.
“I was bald, surgically scratched and looked a little green,” she explains. “And no one saw me without a wig or makeup. When I heard TG knocking on the door, I was scared to death and stood in front of the bathroom mirror. He leaned forward with the key, and when he saw me in this state, he wrapped me in a bathrobe, kissed his bald head, and made me cry with my arms crossed on the floor.
“I told her, ‘Now is your chance to go, I’m not going to do it,'” she added. “And he bothered me and said, ‘I’m not going anywhere.'”
This moment of the tour confirmed the sanctity of the song she wrote just a few months ago. Lang joked, “Most men would have run into the wind,” but TG has been dealing with her ever since.
The songwriter released a track on his third album, 11:11, And in a lullaby project for his daughter. When Ascension Hospital contacted her to say “I’m not going anywhere” for a national television ad campaign, Lang learned the valuable lesson that “what you write is not in vain.”
Her song climbed to the top of the Shazam charts as people around the world felt comfortable with her courageous voice as the commercials began to run. Lang was surprised when messages from people who personally touched his words in advertisements began to circulate. She explains, “My name was written in lowercase at the end, so it’s really heartwarming for people to shuffle the songs, google for them and get in touch with the weather.”
When she read the post, the song took on new meaning in a new context. Only those in the nursing home, those who have lost loved ones and those who used her song at the wedding in a pleasant twist of fate.
There was a special message about her from someone on her last leg who had faith in God. Knowing that she touched this person in this way, she changed something on the rung. When she was inspired to continue working on the new platform, the spectacular experience changed her career. Lang is currently hired for Inspirational Speeches to speak to cancer patients, single mothers, and others in difficulty.
“I would forget to say that I was inspired,” she says humbly. “I just had a pen because it was God working through me. But as a cancer survivor, I would like to tell my secret about what I got out of it. My doctor considered my diagnosis a death sentence, but I decided to consider it a life sentence. The sky was bluer, the grass was greener, I took a bigger chance and started to live.
She highlights the highlights of her career as an example of a life much more fulfilling than a life without cancer, with Sir Barry Gibb in the Kenny Roger Hall of Fame. Witness to the expansion of this song, it delighted the writer who released his eighth album. Old soul, September 18. The first two singles, “Drive” and “Every Breath You Take”, feature 14 tributes to the 70s and 80s pop hits that she loved and grew up with. Throughout his vast career, Lang has written songs recorded by Lorrie Morgan, George Jones, BJ Thomas, Crystal Gayle, Ricky Skaggs, TG Shepherd, Jonny Lee and others.
But “I’m not going anywhere” reminded me of what someone once said to her. “Music is the way emotions sound.” Writing for others is very different from waking up to music in your head in the middle of the night. “If you can’t express yourself, you can definitely express the song,” she explains.
“My advice to songwriters is to always believe in yourself and your song. What you write is not in vain, ”Lang says. “I don’t know when to get someone’s attention. No one knew COVID would affect someone’s life. I am honored to have played a small role in paying tribute to them during this time. My passion is to be light. “
Listen to his campaign-adapted single “I’m Not Going Anywhere” from Ascension Hospital below. Follow Kelly Lang here.