"[Jonny Lang] is a man that's passionate about his faith as a Christian and is committed to reflecting that in his music. This is an amazing record from an amazing artist." Steven Curtis Chapman
The Grammy-nominated, Platinum-selling former prodigy blues guitarist and singer/songwriter who topped the Billboard New Artist chart with his first album at age 15, stands now as a mature creative force, made more sensitive yet also toughened by life's adventures. He's learned what it means to rise above hard times and to find meaning where chaos seemed to rule.
These insights, and the emotions they unleash, make Turn Around the pivotal album of Jonny Lang's career to date - a passage that links the triumphs of his past to the promise of his future.
"With this album I want to focus, more than ever before, on my purpose in life," he explains. "I've been so incredibly blessed. My wife and I just had our fifth anniversary. I get to do what I love for a living. But it wasn't so long ago that I was spiraling downward in a lot of ways, until God touched my life and set me on the right track. I feel a huge debt to give glory back to Him for everything He has done for me. It's the least I can do."
Produced by Ron Fair (Black Eyed Peas, Mary J. Blige, Counting Crows), energized through collaboration with songwriter/performers Drew Ramsey, Shannon Sanders and Steven Curtis Chapman, anchored and elevated by former Prince NPG rhythm dynamo Michael Bland, Turn Around is Lang's fifth album - but it's also the first of what will become his most moving and enduring works.
"Every record I've done has felt progressively more and more like the real me," he sums up. "But more than anything I've done, this one comes straight from my heart."
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Turn Around| Posted March 19, 2008
At first I didn't take to Jonny Lang's heavily blues influenced music but rest assured those infectious beats and soulful vocals pulled me in soon after. You know something has caught your ear when you have the song stuck in your head after only one or two listens while you are working. It's even better when you are riding with your pastor and he's got the music blaring in his truck as he sings along and gets into the music. Now I'm joining along with him.
Jonny Lang definitely shows his influences heavily and his strength is in his blues rock tunes. The softer acoustic songs don't seem to work too well, though they can be beautiful. It's mainly his vocals that fail in the slower songs while in the rock numbers he has an amazingly passionate voice that sounds years beyond his age of 25. In fact, I didn't at first believe that picture was him after hearing his voice first and I doubt many people would either. His guitar work is, well, let's just say he rips it up often, putting solos in the best spots where they don't feel forced. Plus, there being 15 songs, I can live with a couple that don't fit in as long as the rest make up for it. Though that does make the case for how sometimes tracklisting can really affect an album. If they shaved off 3 songs this would've been probably my favorite album ever. With strong Christian lyrics and plenty of soul this is an album that can't be ignored, especially for blues rock fans.
Gems of this album are: 'Bump In The Road', 'Anything's Possible', 'Don't Stop (For Anything)', 'One Person At A Time'
Great Crossover CD!| Posted April 12, 2012
I have to say that I'm a huge Jonny Lang fan and this CD certainly doesn't disappoint. I first heard him on the Crossroads Guitar Festival 2004 DVD when I received it as a Christmas present. I instantly fell for his soulful voice and amazing guitar playing! Of course I wanted more, more, more. So I searched for him on itunes and found much more to collect.
I happened onto the song "On My Feet Again" and loved the message. All of his tracks are poetic, but his spiritual songs speak volumes to me. He also does a track called "I Beleive" on a compilation called "Oh Happy Day" that I love to sing out when I need encouragement.
Anyway, "Turnaround" is a great collection so by all means, give it a try!
Fun| Posted January 19, 2009
This album is very soulful and kind of sounds like a drunk Warren Barfield. The song 'I am only a Man" is amazing. These songs are inspirational and get me excited about the day. Some songs are a little more "gospel" style than I like, with the church choir joining in, but overall it is still a good album.