Raleigh based singer/songwriter Jessie Lang borrows from Americana and bluegrass traditions to create a fresh acoustic sound and original music all her own. An award winning multi-instrumentalist, she was named an endorsing artist for Preston Thompson Guitars at age 16 and enjoys a wide variety of music including classical and jazz. Performing throughout the southeast, she has appeared on PBS Song of the Mountains TV series, MerleFest, Tosco Music Party and other notable venues. Her digital music has been featured in Carolina Country magazine and the NC Arts Council recently selected her for inclusion in their directory of Traditional Millennial Artists. She plans to relocate in fall 2020 to attend college and study music full-time.
Her original song “Broken” (co-written with Rick Lang) was selected for the 2019 IBMA Songwriter Showcase. Actively involved in the IBMA Songwriting Mentoring Program, she describes the benefit of this experience in the IBMA Songwriter Newsletter below:
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She is also an active member of the NSAI (Raleigh Chapter), NC Songwriters Co-op and has performed at various Celebration of NC Songwriting Showcases.
A Celebration of NC Songwriting!
Hosted by The Wake Forest Listening Room, Magnolia Roots Music Lounge and Kirk Ridge
Sunday (10/27) from 1-4 PM
We all had such a wonderful time performing at the Magnolia Roots Music Lounge for the Celebration of NC Songwriting in the Round this past Sunday! Thomas Edwards, Carrie Marshall, Kirk Ridge, Bobb Head and I had fun sharing the stories behind our songs and connecting with each other.
Tommy Edwards is lead singer and guitarist for The Bluegrass Experience, one of the Southeast's most respected traditional music groups. Having performed professionally for over 35 years, Edwards was twice named World Champion Bluegrass Guitarist and has recorded or performed live with an array of bluegrass greats. He has recorded multiple albums with The Bluegrass Experience as well as several solo discs and is the host of Life 103.1's "Bluegrass Saturday Night". Edwards currently plays solo gigs and with his group Carolina Lightnin'.
Jessie borrows from the folk, gospel, and bluegrass traditions to create original music all her own. With sister Chloe, she formed the award-winning The Lang Sisters duet and band, performing throughout the southeast. Jessie has been selected as the Tar Heel of the Week by the Raleigh N&O, has appeared on the PBS Song of the Mountain series, and has performed at MerleFest. Jessie’s version of Wayfaring Stranger was featured in Carolina Country magazine’s Digital Music selection, September 2018.
An award-winning songwriter and featured artist with the North Carolina Arts Council, Carrie’s original songs create a unique, signature sound that’s sophisticated yet accessible. In 2010 she won singer/songwriter of the year from the NC Songwriter Co-op and in 2012, she was named North Carolina’s Top Charlotte Vocalist by the Carolina Entertainment Network. In 2015, Carrie moved to Raleigh, NC, to become the music director, songwriting instructor, vocal coach, and company member at Moonlight Stage Company.
Kirk Ridge’s songs have been featured on NPR’s Car Talk and Belfast’s Celtic Roots Radio. His lyrics have been published in American Songwriter Magazine and he has written music for Cary Playwrights Forum productions. Kirk has performed on major stages across the state with his full band and hosts the weekly “Pass The Hat” live music radio show on WHUP. He is the Durham Arts Council’s performance director for Durham CenterFest and produces songwriters stages at Festival for the Eno and the Carrboro Music Festival.
Bobb Head (bass)
A popular multi-instrumentalist, Bobb has performed on Prairie Home Companion with Joe Newberry and Big Medicine. He has played with many groups, including the Stillhouse Bottom Band, Big Medicine, Dueling Shoes (a percussive dance ensemble), and the Deep Phat Friars (an irreverent southern-fried contra band). Before moving to North Carolina, he played with the Privy Tippers in Tucson and, before that, with the Self-Righteous Brothers in Houston.
International Bluegrass Music Association Festival 2019
So much fun recording/live streaming a couple of songs with my gorgeous Preston Thompson 00-14 EIA "Sunburst" Guitar at The Ozark Music Shoppe booth! This was a great wrap to my performances at IBMA- it was an awesome week! I appreciate the photos taken by Raul Reynoso of Shubb Capos.
International Bluegrass Music Association Festival 2019
One of the top highlights of IBMA was showcasing the song "Broken" (co-wrote with Rick Lang) at the songwriter showcase on Thursday of IBMA! Getting the chance to be able to share a bit of my story and bring peace and joy to people through this song means the world to me. A huge thank you to Rick Lang for his guidance and support (and helping me get a 15 minute song idea to 5 minutes), to Troy Engle for his gorgeous accompaniment work and being willing to perform with us, and to Stephen and Jana Dolakova Mougin of Dark Shadows Recording for recording a beautiful demo and for their continued support. I feel like the luckiest gal in the world right now, and it makes my heart so happy to share this video with you. You can read about my songwriting mentoring experience on the IBMA September 2019 Songwriters Newsletter web link: https://mailchi.mp/ibma.org/january-ibma-songwriter-committee-newsletter-774043?e=[UNIQID]
Tosco Music Party September 2019
Such an honor to perform at Tosco Music Party this September! Beautiful venue and wonderful audience; can't wait to return.
Swannanoa Gathering Guitar/Contemporary Folk Week 2019
Performing one of my original songs with International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion and Award Winning Singer/Songwriter, Christie Lenée, was the highlight of my Swannanoa Gathering Guitar/Contemporary Folk week.
Enjoy flatpicking one of Roberto Dalla Vecchia's tunes. Roberto is a champion guitar player known for flatpicking with Italian Gusto
Excited to be invited to perform for the September 14th Tosco Music Party- https://toscomusic.org/events
Tosco Music Mission Statement: TO PRESENT A WIDE VARIETY OF MUSIC THROUGH PERFORMANCES AND OUTREACH PROGRAMS; FOSTER A SENSE OF COMMUNITY AMONG LISTENERS AND PERFORMERS; AND CONNECT PROFESSIONAL AND AMATEUR MUSICIANS TO SHARE AND INSPIRE ONE ANOTHER.
After years of searching for just the right guitar, I found the perfect fit with Preston Thompson custom made guitars. They are of incredible quality, craftsmanship and awesome sound.
Thank you to Preston Thompson, Christine Funk, and the whole Thompson team!
Check out my Cascade video below:
“One of my very favorite Co-writers Jessie Lang (The Lang Sisters) who has been performing with The Carolina Pinecones. They showcased at IBMA in Raleigh NC this year and are a “treat to the ear”. The first song Jessie and I wrote together “Tell Me A Story” is featured on a new recording project they just released. Hope you get a chance to hear it! Jessie is one of our music’s young rising stars.” Rick Lang, IBMA Songwriter Committee, Chair & IBMA Songwriter Mentor Program (2018)
“With big hearts and a lot of talent, this duo carries the traditional music of North Carolina into the 21st Century” Eno River Association presents 37th annual Festival for the Eno. Saturday, July 2nd at the River Stage (2016)
“These talented sisters serve up a fresh take on Wayfaring Stranger, this old gospel favorite about crossing over to the eternal land. It’s one of 11 tunes on their album, “Coming Home.” Its other offerings include their poignant, original “Frost on the Ground.” Carolina Country Magazine September 2018
Chloe and I are so excited to be featured in the opening of New Faces of Tradition: Documenting North Carolina’s Young Artists, sponsored by Duke Arts and The Folklife Program of the North Carolina Arts Council.
This photo exhibit will be on display through June 30th in Gallery 235 at the Rubenstein Arts Center at Duke University, 2020 Campus Dr., Durham, NC 27705.
A huge thank you to photographer, Rachel Jessen, for providing her talents and time to work with us!
I am so excited about being featured in The Women of Bluegrass January 2019 edition of The Bluegrass Standard magazine. Journalist, Emerald Butler, did a fantastic write-up about my passion for bluegrass/roots music - click picture below.
It was a delightful evening of fine music at the Celebration of North Carolina Songwriters event with wonderful original songs by Alice Gerrard (Tatiana Hargreaves played fiddle with Alice), Tommy Edwards, Jessica Lang, and Kirk Ridge (FLTR) at The Blue Note Grill. The four singer-songwriters played to a full and appreciative audience.
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11/13 Performed with The Carolina PineCones at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh to help celebrate PineCone and the other recipients of the 2018 Raleigh Medal of Arts!
I had the wonderful opportunity to play background roots and gospel music for a church youth missions fundraiser dinner. On Saturday I was able to shadow a music therapist, working with a bell choir, and with Alzheimer's and Dementia patients. It was such a joy to be able to use music to heal and to see the effects that music can have on those who need it most!
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11/16 Performed at Lorraine's Coffee House with The Carolina PineCones.
Although I absolutely love my bluegrass, singer-songwriter, and folk music, jazz music also holds a special place in my heart! I have absolutely loved playing in my school jazz band for three years, and I'm so excited to have had my first performance of this school year with the varsity jazz band! Playing great jazz music with great people makes my heart so happy!
I had such a great time at the IBMA Songwriter Track with Rick Lang, Jerry Salley, and Sherrill Blackman!
So excited to share this audio file with you from our new CD. I had the privilege of co-writing Tell Me a Story with one of my good friends, the prolific songwriter, Rick Lang last year. You may have seen previous videos or live performances of this song with The Carolina PineCones, but I am so proud of how this song came out on our first CD! A big thank you to the band for the beautiful instrumentation, to Jef Walter for the countless hours he spent on getting the mix just right for this song, to Jason Beverly for the wonderful photos on the album, and to Landon Elmore for the beautiful design!
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Here are a couple of songs I wrote, Second Chance and Through the Glass, which I performed at the Neck of the Woods series (July 2018)
Read Jessie's essay here on Carolina Country:
I'm so excited to upload my first video playing my new custom Preston Thompson guitar (short scale, 00, 14-fret)! I am so blessed and honored to be one of their endorsing artists, and I am so grateful to the whole team at Preston Thompson Guitars for building my dream guitar! Song starts at 2:37. http://pktguitars.com
The Carolina PineCones - band photo by Jason Beverly, Side of The Road Photography
On Saturday (5/19), my other band, The Carolina PineCones, took 2nd Place in the bluegrass band contest at the Got to Be NC Festival!
Tell Me A Story by Jessica Lang (co-written with Rick Lang)