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Lang Turns Inspirational On New Album

While much of his music has previously been informed by gospel and soul, blues guitarist Jonny Lang's newest effort, "Turn Around," bears influence in both sound and lyrics.

While much of his music has previously been informed by gospel and soul, blues guitarist Jonny Lang's newest effort, "Turn Around," bears influence in both sound and lyrics. The set is due tomorrow (Sept. 19) via A&M and is the follow-up to his 2003 set "Long Time Coming."

"Message-wise, I'd consider this a gospel record," the 25-year-old Lang tells Billboard.com. "Some songs are directly about my relationship with God, some songs aren't. But it's really great to be able to do it."

Lang also cites the influence of legend Stevie Wonder on "Turn Around," which was produced by Lang and co-writer Shannon Sanders. Drew Ramsey and Christian music veteran Steven Curtis Chapman also helped pen some of the album's 15 tracks.

"Turn Around" also marks the first time any of Lang's records had been marketed and distributed to Christian retailers and radio outlets through Provident-Integrity Distribution.

"Of course, I hope that the music can be a blessing to everybody, a Christian or not," Lang says. "This is just another Jonny Lang record. I hope it can relate to anybody."

The artist is currently on tour through the end of November.