Prodigal Son

Jonny Lang dumps drugs and finds Jesus

"I don't necessarily depend on other people for lyrics. But I have learned a lot from listening to James Taylor and people like Stevie Wonder about how to craft a song," Lang says. "It's one of those things that did not come naturally to me. It's something I'm still learning how to do and trying to get better at it. I need someone to collaborate with. I'm not very good on my own at finishing songs."

Released on September 19, Turn Around features 15 stellar tracks, ranging from quiet ballads to energetic, uptempo burners and the emotionally charged title song. David Davidson arranged the strings on "My Love Remains." Quinton Ware arranged the horns for "On My Feet Again." Blue-eyed soul singer Michael McDonald wails in response to Lang's falsetto voice on "Thankful," and Nashville musicians Buddy Miller and Sam Bush make guest appearances on the rustic, countrified "On That Great Day."

Complete Turn Around: Jonny Lang's new album is his most personal.
Complete Turn Around: Jonny Lang's new album is his most personal.

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"I think it's my most personal record," Lang says. "In the past, a lot of the songs were metaphors for something else. These new songs are just more direct. It's me. I didn't pull any punches. I really made a record that sounds like me."

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