Singer Kelly Lang on her 17-year battle with breast cancer: ‘I promised God I would be a shining light to others’

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Speaking to Fox News Digital this week about her new projects, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Kelly Lang opened up about her inspirations, her personal battles with cancer — and why faith is at heart of his life.

“My dad was Conway Twitty’s road manager,” Lang said, “so obviously I had country music playing in the house. But my mom was always screaming Frankie Valli or Elvis, of course — but mostly Gladys Knight .”

Said Lang of Knight, “I adore her. She’s the greatest singer, in my opinion, of anyone I’ve ever heard.”

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Lang just released a new cover of Gladys Knight & the Pips’ great song, “Midnight Train To Georgia” – premiering here on Fox News Digital in this article – and her autobiography was released recently. The book takes readers and fans through her very human battle with breast cancer, her musical journeys and much more.

“I could never even try to be this good,” she said, referring to Gladys Knight. “But just to honor him is really important to me.”

Kelly Lang's most recent single is

Kelly Lang’s most recent single is “Midnight Train To Georgia”, a cover of the great song by Gladys Knight and the Pips. Lang said she didn’t think she could do her justice at first — and felt intimidated by the hit at first.
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“I want the new generation, those who come after me, to be able to know what great songs are. That’s why I have such a passion for great songs – I don’t want people to forget where they’re from. come. That might spark a few conversations.”

Lang mentioned that she has seen Knight perform in Mississippi and elsewhere over the years, though she has yet to meet her face-to-face.

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“I adore her, everything I find in her is fascinating.”

“The music I recorded on this album took us back to happier times.”

So what prompted Lang to record this song?

“We made this album called ‘Old Soul’ in 2020, and I was very reluctant to release it,” Lang said.

It was the time of the coronavirus pandemic, of course — “and nobody really knew what was going on and everyone was depressed,” Lang said circa 2020. “But then I thought, the music that I recorded on this album took us back to a happier time, when you could remember, ‘Oh, yeah, that’s when I was in high school’ or ‘Oh, yeah, that’s when I met my love.'”

Kelly Lang spoke fondly of songs from decades past

Kelly Lang spoke fondly of songs from decades past “that you hear at the grocery store now.” She said she has “such a passion for great songs” – and wants others, especially those coming in, to know where those songs come from and what they mean to others.
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“It brings you back… These are songs you hear at the grocery store now,” she said, or “when you’re getting your nails done.”

They’re still popular – they’re still loved and gaining new fans every day.

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“So I just found my biggest collection of these great songs,” and one of them was a song by Gladys Knight, she said.

“It worked out so well,” Lang said, that she considered making a new series of recordings of great songs.

“I learned to appreciate things. I learned to look at things more openly, like, The sky is bluer, the grass is greener.”

“I walked away from ‘Midnight Train To Georgia’ at first because I didn’t think I could do it justice,” Lang said.

“And then I thought, Well, if it comes out bad, I don’t need to put it on the album! (laughs) And I had so much fun performing it – and everyone knows that song. And everyone appreciates it.” she says.

So she couldn’t help but do it after all.

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Lang spoke honestly about the challenges of breast cancer – and said, “You wouldn’t believe everything I learned” from this experience, she said.

Kelly Lang spoke with Fox News Digital this week about her new record, her new autobiography — and her strong faith in God.

Kelly Lang spoke with Fox News Digital this week about her new record, her new autobiography — and her strong faith in God. “I never feel alone.”
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“I wouldn’t take anything for the experience,” she said. “I know that sounds crazy – I wouldn’t want to go through that again, don’t get me wrong.”

But “I learned to appreciate things,” she said. “I learned to look at things more openly, like, the sky is bluer, the grass is greener.”

“I was diagnosed at 36,” she said. “And back then, I was doing my best to get through life. I wasn’t paying attention to what really mattered. Or who really mattered.”

“Some people think of cancer as a death sentence. But I like to think of it as my life sentence. It was like a reset button so I could live more abundantly and more appreciatively.”

“Now I’m taking a break – and seeing more clearly who needs things, who needs help,” she said.

And “I promised God, if you would let me through this, I would do my best to be a shining light to others, to be a beacon of hope for someone.”

Lang said, “And here I am, 17 years later, and I’m just humbled, really humbled, to still be here, and to talk to you right now, and to share my story with other people.”

Lang said it was a joy for her to be able to “encourage someone else and say to others, ‘You can get through this,'” no matter what.

Kelly Lang spoke to Fox News Digital about God,

Kelly Lang told Fox News Digital about God, “He is everything.”
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She said: “Yes, I’m stronger now, because nothing scares you more than when you hear ‘Cancer,’ but it’s a tough chore to do, and I encourage people to follow their instincts” to get by, she said.

She also said, “Some people consider cancer a death sentence. But I like to say that I consider it my life sentence. It was like a reset button so I could live more abundantly and gratefully. .”

“It’s not an easy road. For the rest of your life, [cancer] is always a preoccupation in your brain.”

She said she had written a song called ‘Life Sentence’ – due out in October this year.

“And it doesn’t stop there,” she said. “When you see someone who has survived breast cancer, then they go into reconstruction, or the radiation has caused damage to other parts of the body – it’s not an easy road,” he said. -she adds.

“For the rest of your life, it’s always a preoccupation in your brain.”

Kelly Lang's husband is TG Sheppard (left), shown here with Elvis and Larry Gatlin.  Says Lang about her husband,

Kelly Lang’s husband is TG Sheppard (left), shown here with Elvis and Larry Gatlin. Said Lang of her husband, “We are doing really well! We have no competition between us.”

What else gets her going?

“He is everything,” she said, referring to God and her deep faith.

She said she prayed and talked to God frequently.

“I never feel alone. I’m not afraid of anything because I know the end. I’m just passing through,” she added, “so I don’t have to worry about what’s going to happen. is happening. It’s temporary.”

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She also thanked her husband, TG Sheppard, for being by her side and constantly encouraging her.

“We have so much in common. I learn from him. He’s been so successful in his music career – and it’s wonderful to be able to bounce on him and get some advice, and I know I’m protected by someone. ‘one who crossed in front of me,’ she said.

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How do the two juggle everything – their schedules, their commitments, their work, their home life?

“We’re doing really well! We have no competition between us,” she said. “We support each other 1,000 percent.”

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The couple have been married since 2007. She called TG her supporting rock – and said she had learned so much from him and the success he had worked so hard for over the years.

Lang has two daughters. “I’m so grateful to God for allowing me to be your mother,” she wrote to her daughters in the dedication of her book, “I’m Not Going Anywhere.”

As a singer and songwriter, Lang enjoyed great success – her songs have been recorded by artists such as Ricky Skaggs, Lorrie Morgan, The Oak Ridge Boys, Crystal Gayle, George Jones, BJ Thomas, Jimmy Fortune, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Lee, to name a few.

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“Kelly has always been one of the great voices of our time,” BJ Thomas said of her on the release of “Old Soul,” one of her most recent albums.

To see Kelly Lang’s rendition of “Midnight Train To Georgia”, watch the music video at the top of this article – or Click here to access it.

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