From a Division 1 collegiate athlete to a rising country star, Jon Langston hung up his football cleats to boldly pursue his passion for country music. While growing up, Langston always had a love for music and songwriting, however, it remained only a hobby because most of his time and energy went to football. In 2009, Langston accomplished his goal and earned a scholarship to play at Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina, where he played for two years. Although his athletic career was shortened by injury, Langston wouldn’t be stopped. He immersed himself back into music and began posting his original songs to YouTube, where his fan base rapidly grew.
Jon Langston’s signature style and unique sound have taken the country music scene by storm. He has sold out venues across the southeast and has opened country megastars like Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett, Chase Rice and Cole Swindell. In his debut music video “Right Girl Wrong Time” (which was published through Vydia!) has already accumulated 9.7 million views.
We had the opportunity to interview Langston to learn more about his brand new video ‘Prob’ly at a Bar’ and what he has planned for 2018. Here’s what he had to say:
Music has always been your passion, but you also saw success on the football field and even received a D1 scholarship to play at Gardner-Webb University. What was the transition like from all-star college athlete to rising country star and how has your football career influenced your music?
Playing ball and playing music isn’t all that different. You still have to practice every day to get better, you learn from your mistakes, and walking onto the football field and walking on the stage is the same adrenaline rush. I took a lot from football and it sure has helped me in my music career.
Who has been your biggest inspiration?
My biggest musical inspiration is the Eagles and Alan Jackson. My favorite band and my favorite artist.
You recently had the opportunity to tour with Luke Bryan! What was life like while touring and was there any tricks you learned from sharing the stage with him?
Luke was a lot of fun to be around and learn from! Me and my guys had a blast on the road with those guys! Watching the Multi-time winner of Entertainer of the Year, I was definitely taking notes. I look up to him a lot and hope to be the entertainer he is one day.
After the massive success of your video for “Right Girl Wrong Time”, what made you choose “Prob’ly At A Bar” for your next video?
‘Prob’ly at a Bar’ was kind of the continued story from the ‘Right Girl video. The break-up and the “where I’m at” story was cool to bring to life and I think the fans will really enjoy it.
As a songwriter, what is the biggest challenge you face from writing a song like “Prob’ly At A Bar” and bringing it to life in the video?
The biggest challenge was more of the set scene and where the video was shot. There were a lot of options we could’ve done. But I think what we did with the simplicity of it and the sold-out Georgia Theatre scenes really gave it that genuine feel.
What’s the greatest piece of advice you have received as an artist?
Luke Bryan told me a during the Farm Tour- “Buddy just have fun, if you ain’t having fun you’re not doin’ it right” and as simple as that is, it’s so true and I’ve just tried to have fun and enjoy and be thankful for the opportunities I have had.
Pulling from your own personal experience, is there any message you would share with all of the aspiring, independent creators out there?
I would have to say is write every day or as much as you can. And don’t try to sound like anybody else. Find your own sound that sets you apart.
With 2018 just around the corner, what are your big plans for the new year and when can we expect another video?
Hopefully get some new music and videos out for the fans and hop on tour somewhere! Who knows, but I’ll be ready and looking forward to it.
One last question: What is a fun fact that no one knows about you?
I have an obsession with Chick-Fil-A and I always go to the movies by myself.
Whether he’s playing football, rocking the stage, or chilling with some Chick-Fil-A we are big fans Jon Langston and cannot wait for what’s next! To make sure you don’t miss out on any Jon Langston action, follow him on social media and subscribe to his Vevo channel. Don’t forget to watch ‘Prob’ly at a Bar’ and share it with your friends.