“Acantha delivers passionate and energetic performances. A woman full of soul with an incredible voice.”
ROBERT RANDOLPH & THE FAMILY BAND
Acantha Lang is a Soul artist born and raised in New Orleans. Although born in New Orleans, it was in Harlem, New York that Lang began her career, performing regularly with New York’s biggest session musicians at The Harlem Grill for her weekly residency ‘Monday Night Blues’. For 3 years she was backed by some of NY’s heaviest session players with credits including Chaka Khan, Prince and Roy Ayers to name a few. It was only when she relocated to London from New York that she put her own band together and started really developing her sound.
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.
Lang was determined to not let her life be put on hold by the pandemic, so in October 2020, she released her dynamic debut single, ‘He Said/She Said’ 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”, it received glowing praise from Craig Charles, who after playing it on his BBC 6Music Funk & Soul Show noted that “she obviously has funk in her DNA”. The single has also been added to the Jazz FM B List and received support on BBC Radio 2. ‘He Said/She Said’ is also confirmed to feature on Craig Charles’ Trunk of Funk Compilation Album (Nov 2021).
Lang is now set to unveil her striking debut EP ‘Sugar Woman’ on August 20th. The lead track ‘Sugar Woman’ is a bittersweet story about a forgotten streetwalker, imploring her not to give up on life & love, co-written by Kiris Houston (Disciples, Kylie Minogue, Joss Stone, Little Mix), a multi-Platinum selling and Latin Grammy award-winning producer/composer/arranger/multi-instrumentalist.
The EP is rounded out by her unique take on her idol Nina Simone’s classic,‘I Wish I Knew How I Would Feel To Be Free’, after Lang was commissioned to record a cover for a recent McDonalds TV spot in Europe. That cover resulted in the Nina Simone team sharing it with their seal of approval on Simone’s Instagram Story – the second time they have featured Lang, after previously picking her take on Simone’s iconic ‘Feeling Good’ to be showcased alongside the likes of Tank and the Bangas and more around what would’ve been the singer’s 88th birthday.
She has built a dedicated legion of fans online through her ‘Standing On The Shoulders Of…’ series (currently over 125,000 views), even going semi-viral with her account of being asked to appear on the BBC news last minute, passing over 10,000 Tiktok followers in the process.
Plugging away has worked in her favour, with over 300,000 streams to date, various official playlist adds, radio spins in multiple countries around the world, and the endorsement of notable tastemakers in her field, from Craig Charles of the respected BBC 6Music Funk and Soul show, a Jazz FM B playlist add, BBC Radio 2 support, a sold out headline London Jazz Cafe show, and legends like Joe Bonamassa adding her to his own Spotify playlist.
With her sights firmly set on completing her debut album for an early 2022 release and UK/US live dates, she continues to build from strength to strength.