New Orleans native, Acantha Lang unveils latest single, ‘River Keep Runnin’, a shimmering piece of modern funk that spins struggle into a song of defiance set to a horn heavy, slamming soul groove. Inspired by her mother’s displacement from both Hurricane Betsy and Hurricane Katrina, ‘River Keep Runnin’ transforms a literal depiction of the flooding that has brought so much devastation to New Orleans — Acantha’s hometown — into a metaphor for life’s troubles that can bring you down. Acantha’s storytelling style harkens to age-old blues traditions while grounding itself in contemporary themes, delivering head-on lyrical attacks on fake news (the tell-all “He Said/She Said”), odes to motherly love in the wake of Hurricane Katrina’s disaster (the gripping “Lois Lang”), & celebrations of Black strength & womanhood with confidence and pride.
Acantha Lang’s growth has been slow but sure: a whirlwind journey from humble beginnings to a steadily burgeoning career songwriting for the GRAMMY-nominated Robert Randolph, writing with multi-platinum songwriter Kiris Houston (Disciples, Kylie Minogue, Little Mix) and Bruno Major, & earning endorsements from legends like Joe Bonamassa and noted tastemaker Craig Charles (BBC 6Music / BBC Radio 2) who distinguished Acantha as “brilliant… an independent artist destined for world domination” in a recent interview for Blues & Soul Magazine. Acantha’s rousing “He Said/She Said” appears on his recently released compilation album, The Craig Charles Trunk Of Funk Vol. 2. (alongside GRAMMY-nominated, Cha Wa and super funk group, Lettuce).
Acantha has built a dedicated legion of fans online through her “Standing On The Shoulders Of…” series (currently over 1 million cumulative views across IG, YouTube and TikTok) in which she covers soul legends of years past. Her exceptional take on the classic, “I Wish I Knew How I Would Feel To Be Free,” ultimately landed her a recent McDonald’s TV spot in Europe thanks to her smooth, straight-tone with roughed-up edges (the perfect Nina Simone vocal stand-in).
Armed with a voice that stops people in their tracks, Acantha’s full-length debut (coming 2022) is destined to propel her from an undiscovered gem into the pantheon of modern soul greats.
“She’s brilliant…destined for world domination.”
THE CRAIG CHARLES FUNK & SOUL SHOW, BBC 6Music
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“…a soul singer of the highest order”
BLUES & SOUL MAGAZINE