Acantha Lang is a Soul artist born and raised in the rich musical landscape of New Orleans. She relocated to New York City, where she ended up headlining her own weekly Blues show in Harlem. For 3 years she was backed by some of NY’s heaviest session players with credits to their names such as Chaka Khan, Prince and Roy Ayers to name a few.
After moving to London, Lang built a name for herself on the live circuit. Around this time, Robert Randolph (and The Family Band), asked to use her song ‘Gonna Be All Right’ on his album ‘Got Soul’ which received a Grammy nomination for ‘Best Contemporary Blues Album’ in 2017.
Having built up a loyal following online through her weekly ‘Standing On The Shoulders Of…’ series, she released her dynamic debut single, ‘He Said/She Said’ in October 2020, which EARMILK said “raises the ante with…her commanding vocals that talk about misinformation and fake news”. Landing on playlists like Spotify’s “All Funked Up”, the blistering track received glowing praise from Craig Charles, who after playing it on his Funk & Soul Show on BBC 6Music in January 2021, noted “she obviously has funk in her DNA” and that he’s “loving what she’s doing”. The single has also been added to the B List on Jazz FM and received support on BBC Radio 2.
Inspired by iconic singers such as Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Mavis Staples and Gladys Knight, her next single ‘Whatever Happened To Our Love?’ (release date April 30th) is a deceptively warm and fun track given its themes, that tells a familiar story of a love gone wrong showcasing Lang’s signature rich and soulful delivery resulting in an unforgettable summer groove.
“One singer that I’m definitely gonna be keeping an eye on…she obviously has funk in her DNA…Loving what she’s doing”
THE CRAIG CHARLES FUNK & SOUL SHOW, BBC 6Music
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“When I first saw Acantha perform, I knew she was a star in every sense of the word. She has a soulful voice reminiscent of Aretha Franklin, Mavis Staples, and other legends of Blues & Soul music. She’s the real deal”
MO PLEASURE(Bassist/Keyboard - Ray Charles/Michael Jackson/Earth Wind & Fire)