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Kelly Lang
Destiny Row Records
Current album: It's About Time

I already knew that Kelly Lang was beautiful because I had seen photos of her. I also knew that she was incredibly talented because I had reviewed her debut album, It's About Time, and perused her art on her website but I didn't know that meeting her in person was going to impact me on such a personal level. 

I had been in the interview room all day, every day, for several days and I was wearing down. I hadn't been able to sleep and I was tired. It was only 10 a.m. as I made my way into the media center to interview Lang but I had already had a really rough morning. As she sat down across the table from me, I think she sensed that something was wrong. As I was setting up the tape recorder, she started to thank me for my review of her album. Her words were so kind and she was so sincere ... I found myself tearing up and I tried to interrupt her praise because I was aware that I was losing my composure. For the first time in my decades of doing interviews, I knew that I was about to loose all journalistic objectivity and credibility. As I scrambled to regain my composure, Lang took control of the interview and began talking about her own rough morning and quickly assured me that she knew how I felt. She said that she too was feeling a bit weary from the intense demands of her schedule. 

Our interview quickly switched gears from journalist/artist to an equitable exchange betweens peers. I say that with the utmost respect. I certainly don't mean to imply that my talent level is akin to hers when it comes to singing or painting but we found common ground as women, single moms, big dreamers and writers. It appears that the gap between journalist and songwriter is not all that large. Lang is one of the most delightful people I have ever met and as I replayed our interview through my mind, it dawned on me that all of her other talents are merely extensions of her greatest talent; communicating. She is a definitive communicator. She has perfected the art of communication in her music, her songwriting, her paintings and, clearly, in her every day life. 

We talked for thirty minutes without ever turning on the tape recorder but I remember every word she said because she is so animated and she speaks so easily from her heart. She talked lovingly about her daughters and how they inspired her and how much joy they added to her life. I fully understood everything she said because she was verbalizing my own feelings about my own daughter. She talked about her website and related the story of how it came to be and how it has opened a whole new window on the world for her when it comes to being able to reach people in general, and fans, in particular. She also talked about her latent discovery of a passion for painting and how surprised, and delighted, she was when she took her first painting to a framing store to have it matted and framed and the owner of the store ended up purchasing it. 

My interview with Lang turned into the definitive kaffee klutch. She saved my life (well, at least my dignity) that morning and I'm sure she didn't even realize it. She is such a kind soul and so incredibly talented. Regardless of the medium -- singing, writing, painting, or just talking -- definitive communicator is the perfect description of the engaging and unpretentious Ms. Lang. If you haven't heard her music or seen her art, It's About Time you did yourself a favor. Surf on over to her website and introduce yourself. I can assure you that you won’t be disappointed.

http://kellylang.net

Feature article by Cheryl Harvey Hill

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