It has been an amazing year for Nikki Lang who along with the Jazz Vocal group from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival after winning the top award as the best high school jazz vocal group in the country.
Following that, Nikki released her first CD, "Time Has Stopped", which marks a year of work including collaboration with producer Jay Ferguson (Spirit, Jo Jo Gunne and the composer of many movies and television shows including The Office).
Nikki who is now 16 was diagnosed with Type one Diabetes when she was 10 has been undeterred in living life to the fullest and pursuing her dreams as a musician. Nikki has been as vigilant about her diabetes management as she has been about her music and is achieving success in two of the most important areas of her life.
Nikki is also an avid supporter of stem-cell research and sang background vocals for Mandy Pantinkin and Bernadette Peters for a CD put out to benefit the Christopher Reeve Foundation. She continues to sell out L.A. concert appearances at local clubs.
Nikki Lang's music can be heard on ITUNES
Pump Wear Asked Nikki these questions:
1. When did you first become interested in music?
I first became interested when I was very young. I always enjoyed it, for as long as I can remember. But I first became involved with it when I was about 6. That's when I started taking guitar lessons. I remember telling my dad that I wanted a guitar. We made a deal that I would stick with it for at least six months, but I never stopped.
2. how did you go about making your dream and singing career take off?
I starting recording my music on my own when I was about 12. I played it for my friends, and they loved it. They told me they wanted to hear more. So I kept writing more music, until I had finished my first album, and now I'm playing shows all around Los Angeles and will be going to Orlando and Seattle in 2008. People heard me, and wanted to buy my music. Now my CD is on Itunes and people are starting to listen to my music all around the United States.
3. What obstacles have you had to over come to succeed?
I was always very shy about my voice. When I was little, people would ask me to sing, and I could never do it. I had to overcome my fear of judgement, and just put myself out there for all to critique me, I just had to stop worrying about what others thought and just enjoy making music for myself.
4. What other interests do you have?
I love art and movies. I got to museums whenever I can. I just saw the Salvatore Dali exhibit and it was called Dali and Film. It was fantastic bringing together two of my biggest interests, art and film.
5. What do you do when you are faced with rejection?
I take it as constructive criticism. It's always harsh at first, but I take it as one person's opinion, and always use it to create something new.
6. What are your goals for the future?
To become very sucesssful and well- known for my song writing, and music in general. I want to be able to hear my songs on the radio, and smile and say "oh, that's my song".
7. How old were you when you were diagnosed and what do you remember about how you handled it?
I was 10, almost 11. At first I handled it as anyone would, with confusion and sadness. But after that first month or so, I realized that everything was basically the same. That there was no reason to feel sorry at all. I could still sing, I could still write, and I could still play guitar. Now, I don't even think of myself as having a disease, it's just part of who I am.