Listen and Mad Dawg speaks with Jon Langston about the Happy Q Year show, how he got his record deal and more!
Your life has changed over the last year, you got yourself a record deal, and that changes things a little bit. So how’s that so far, what do ya think?
Man, I thought I was busy a year ago but I wasn’t busy. Now it’s the real deal. It’s a lot of fun learning the ins and outs of everything and it’s an awesome experience to be here.
As an Independent artist you make a lot of the shots. And now, you have a bunch of different voices telling you which way to go. Which is not necessarily a bad thing, it’s probably a better thing. They know what they’re doing.
We just had you perform in our performance space filled with some of your fans. It’s got to be a great feeling when you’re in a room with 20 people and every one of them knows every lyric to every song you are singing.
It’s amazing. To be able to write a song one day, and the next day come in here and those people will come out and support you and sing every single word of that song, it means everything to me.
So, you got hurt playing football, you pick up a guitar and you just start playing and it just starts coming to you, and you start writing songs?
I first wrote this song called “Forever Girl” I put it up on Youtube and my buddies told me to record it. I went to my buddy’s studio in Atlanta, he had a basement studio, I sang it in a closet. We put it out for fun, I didn’t think it would turn into a career. I knew it was something when I opened up playing a show for my buddy’s fraternity gig down in Georgia. There was something like 800 college kids and they were singing every single word to that song. We were terrible back then. We rehearsed the whole night before, it was my first full band show, but it was a whole lotta fun. When everyone sang every single word to that “Forever Girl” song I fell in love with being on stage. That whole aspect of it. I called my mom right when I got done and said “This is what I want to do, I want to do this music thing.”
For other new artists that haven’t quite made that jump yet. Describe the experience and decision of saying “Alright, I’m gonna do it. I’m serious about this. I’m going to go to Nashville.”
You just show up and do it. All you have to do is show up every day and be the best you can be. Learn from other people, network with other folks, it’s all who you know. Who is going to push you and not bring you down. You’ll find the people in town who want to support you and you’ll want to surround yourself with as many of those people as you can.
One of those is Luke Bryan…
I’m very lucky to be working with him. He actually surprised me with news of my record deal. We were writing one day a few months ago, and it was me and my producer Jody and we were writing. The door busts open, Luke Bryan is standing there with a bottle of champagne and says “You gotta record deal.” It was the best day I’ve ever had. We were sitting there for about 20 minutes high-fiving. I called my mom and FaceTimed my dad. It was a really cool deal. And everyone left and it was just me and the guys right there and I looked at them and said “Alright boys, we ain’t writing today. I’m gonna go party. See ya at the bar.” It was an awesome day, something I’ll never forget. Luke’s been like a big brother figure to me. Put me under his wing and showed me the ropes and how it’s done and how to be the entertainer of the year. It’s really cool to have someone like that to look up to.
See Jon Langston along with Granger Smith and Seth Ennis at the Lincoln Theatre on January 5th for the Happy Q Year show! Get your tickets now!