Paul Langford Music

Paul Langford Music Chicago-based singer, songwriter, keyboardist, arranger, conductor, producer and studio operator.

A Chicago based singer, arranger, keyboardist, producer and conductor, Paul Langford has a career that spans over 20 years. His work includes arranging for and performing with groups such as The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Chicagoland Pops, the Pensacola and LaCrosse Symphony Orchestras, and for Walt Disney World. As a singer and pianist, Paul has performed or recorded with Grammy award winners Celine Dion, David Foster, Kenny Rogers, Yolanda Adams, Abraham Laboriel and Heather Headley, and he’s shared the stage with Michael Buble, Josh Groban and President Bill Clinton. In the Christian music world, his credits include Glad, Steve Green, Larnelle Harris, Ray Boltz, Damaris Carbaugh, Tommy Walker, Mavis Staples and Alvin Slaughter. His voice has been heard on radio and TV commercials for such companies as Ronald McDonald House, Oldsmobile, L.L. Bean, Old El Paso, Nintendo, Frigidaire and Nickelodeon. He has also led and arranged for choirs, rhythm sections, big bands, orchestras and acappella groups all across America and abroad, and is a published choral arranger and composer. In the Chicago area, Paul can be heard singing and playing keyboards with the Tom VanKanegan Orchestra, and he owns and operates a state-of-the-art recording studio in Chicago’s northern suburbs, where he produces recording artists and composes music for video and film.

Just finished a run of 5 concerts with Chicago a cappella.  It’s always a privilege to work with these fine singer mus...
04/15/2019

Just finished a run of 5 concerts with Chicago a cappella. It’s always a privilege to work with these fine singer musicians. I’m so proud of the work they did, their professionalism and deep musicianship and dedication. Each one of you made a beautiful and unique contribution....Thank you all so much (Kathryn Kamp Cari Plachy Dinglasan Kristin Bell Lelm Sarah Ponder Emily Price Garrett Johannsen Ace Gangoso Joe Labozetta Carl Frank 이우찬)

Fun rehearsal and promo video-shoot with Chicago a cappella tonight at Lincoln Hall  for the upcoming Dynamic Duos shows...
03/20/2019

Fun rehearsal and promo video-shoot with Chicago a cappella tonight at Lincoln Hall for the upcoming Dynamic Duos shows. These are some hard workin’ folks and top notch musicians

Kathryn Kamp Cari Plachy Dinglasan Kristin Bell Lelm Sarah Ponder Emily Price Garrett Johannsen Ace Gangoso Joe Labozetta 이우찬 Matt Greenberg Jonathan Miller

03/15/2019
Singin' the 70s - SATB/SAB/SSA - arr. Paul Langford

Choral director friends: FREE MUSIC GIVE AWAY here: 19 copies each of SATB/SAB/SSA of my new pop/contemporary arrangement “Singin’ the 70s!”: a 3 song medley that includes “Best of My Love”, “I Feel the Earth Move” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, with optional rhythm section and horns. (Available from Shawnee Press). See the scrolling sheet music video below and PM me your address if interested. You pay the shipping

https://youtu.be/YwtCroRXT_0

3 Song Medley includes "Best Of My Love", "I Feel the Earth Move" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" with optional rhythm section and horns, available from ...

03/12/2019
Higher Ground - SATB acappella, arr. Paul Langford

Choral director friends: FREE MUSIC GIVE AWAY here: 19 copies of my new pop/contemporary SATB Acappella arrangement of the Stevie Wonder classic Higher Ground (from Shawnee Press). See the scrolling sheet music video below and PM me your address if interested. You pay the shipping

https://youtu.be/3gDzFhTzX80

the great Stevie Wonder hit, arranged in pop/contemporary acappella style for SATB voices, by Paul Langford available from www.shawneepress.com here: https:/...

Had a great first rehearsal with Chicago Acappella last night for the upcoming concert series Dynamic Duos, which includ...
03/11/2019

Had a great first rehearsal with Chicago Acappella last night for the upcoming concert series Dynamic Duos, which includes music from Hall and Oates, the Carpenters, the Gershwins, Captain and Tenille, Gilbert and Sullivan, Mozart and Da Ponte, Bacharach and David, Elton John and Bernie Taupin, among others. Also delighted to have some of our high school interns in attendance. These folks are tremendous musicians and so professional. Honored to work with them.

Cari Plachy Dinglasan Kathryn Kamp Kristin Bell Lelm Sarah Ponder Emily Price Garrett Johannsen Ace Gangoso Joe Labozetta Carl Frank 이우찬

03/01/2019
SKYE BOAT SONG - SSA acappella - arr. Paul Langford

Hello choral director friends. Here’s a new arrangement of mine from Shawnee Press: Skye Boat Song for SSA Acappella with optional percussion. Check out the scrolling sheet music YouTube video in the link below. Some of you will recognize it as the Scottish folk song used as the theme for Oulander

(Huge thanks to Heather Lake for recording the demo)

https://youtu.be/1LaQfP7oMcg

Traditional Scottish folks song - SSA acappella with optional hand drum/percussion - arranged by Paul Langford. Available at www.shawneepress.com

Guitar day for the Ed Nalle project with the consummate Kraig McCreary.  He’s got so many great ideas it’s hard to c...
12/05/2018

Guitar day for the Ed Nalle project with the consummate Kraig McCreary. He’s got so many great ideas it’s hard to choose

12/05/2018
Christmas Time Is Here

Glenn Morrison played so beautifully on this:

https://youtu.be/yHmStkpWo6k

Provided to YouTube by CDBaby Christmas Time Is Here · Paul Langford · Glenn Morrison Just For Christmas ℗ 2010 Paul Langford and Glenn Morrison Released on:...

Hey West Michigan area friends: I’ll be at the Block in Muskegon on Sat. Dec. 1, doing a mixture of pop and jazz (arti...
11/20/2018
Cabaret with the Paul Langford Quartet - The Block

Hey West Michigan area friends: I’ll be at the Block in Muskegon on Sat. Dec. 1, doing a mixture of pop and jazz (artists like George Benson, Al Jarreau, Glen Campbell, Gino Vanelli, Kenny Rankin, Michael Bublé) with a stellar band from Chicago: Shawn Sommer (bass), Yl Douglas (drums), Neal Alger (guitar)

https://theblockwestmichigan.org/events/cabaret-with-the-paul-langford-quartet/

Paul Langford returns to the Block for an evening of jazz standards and pop favorites with his stellar quartet from Chicago. Think Buble’ and Diane Krall mixed with Cole Porter, Al Jarreau, the Gershwins, Gino Vanelli and James Taylor.

Thank you Gayle Bisesi for letting me come work with Blue at Elmhurst College today, and also for doing my chart “The ...
11/09/2018

Thank you Gayle Bisesi for letting me come work with Blue at Elmhurst College today, and also for doing my chart “The More I See You”. I always love working with you!

I was delighted to write something for Bill Kuhn this week and his wind ensemble at Concordia University-Portland.  Deli...
11/01/2018

I was delighted to write something for Bill Kuhn this week and his wind ensemble at Concordia University-Portland. Delighted and embarrassed that it’s taken me so long to give back. He was my high school music teacher for 3 years in Hong Kong, and introduced me to barbershop singing and a lot of other great choral music. He was also incredibly patient with me and my partners in immature behavior, Kian Holstead and Jin Young Chang. His impact on my musical life cannot be measured.

Recital pics from this past weekend in Georgia (I’m the dorky looking old guy at the piano) Thanks to Jennifer McQuade...
10/15/2018

Recital pics from this past weekend in Georgia (I’m the dorky looking old guy at the piano) Thanks to Jennifer McQuade for challenging me to write something completely out of my normal thing, thanks to her and Mark McQuade for programming this work on the recital and thanks to Monica Mullins for grabbing these screen shots from the live stream. Oh, and Jennifer McQuade sang the pants off of the songs!!

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09/03/2018

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08/30/2018
Canzoni stonate

Love this! The song, the groove, the arrangement, his singing, everything!

https://youtu.be/6fbYWYLhkKA

Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group North America Canzoni stonate · Andrea Bocelli · Stevie Wonder Amore ℗ 2005 Sugar Srl, under exclusive license t...

Just finished putting the vocals on this with Heather Lake. I wrote the arrangement 16 years ago and the rhythm track wa...
07/07/2018
MOONLIGHT IN VERMONT - SATB with rhythm section

Just finished putting the vocals on this with Heather Lake. I wrote the arrangement 16 years ago and the rhythm track was recorded way back then, too, as part of a project with Steve and Karen Multer but we never finished it!

Vocals: Heather Lake and Paul Langford
Guitar: Kraig McCreary
Bass: Shawn Sommer
Drums: Tom Radtke
Piano: Paul Langford
Rhythm section engineered by: Mathew Prock
Arrangement and vocal engineer: Paul Langford

https://soundcloud.com/paullangfordmusic/moonlight-in-vermont-satb-with-rhythm-section

arranged by Paul Langford. Guitar: Kraig McCreary Bass: Shawn Sommer Drums: Tom Radtke Piano: Paul Langford Vocals: Heather Bays and Paul Langford Rhythm section engineered by Mat Prock Vocals en

06/06/2018
O Holy Night - arranged by Paul Langford. SATB with divisi and piano (and optional orchestration)

Hi Choir director friends! New from Oxford University Press - my arrangement of O Holy Night. SATB with divisi and piano accompaniment (orchestration sold separately and available from the publisher). 60 free copies first come first serve if you private message me your address, you pay the shipping. Check out the scrolling sheet music video below.

https://youtu.be/D_iAm5z3ilg

O Holy Night - arranged by Paul Langford. SATB with divisi and piano (and optional orchestration), available from Oxford University Press

Ashley LX-308B 8 channel stereo line mixer.  Works perfectly.  If interested make me an offer.  I've got the original bo...
05/13/2018

Ashley LX-308B 8 channel stereo line mixer. Works perfectly. If interested make me an offer. I've got the original box and manual. It's only ever been used in my smoke free studio

05/08/2018
Superstition (SATB) - Arranged by Paul Langford

Hi friends - new from Shawnee Press: Superstition (the Stevie Wonder hit) in SATB and TTBB acappella. Check out the scrolling sheet music video link below. I've got 20 free copies of each, you pay shipping. Private message me with your address if interested. Thanks!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmtB1GVDwdo

To purchase print or for more info go to: https://goo.gl/ZJkGMe To purchase and download score and audio: https://goo.gl/hEH8m3 For promotional use only. Not...

04/16/2018

Thank you Stevee Bellas for having me in this morning to work with your choir at Mundelein High School. You are doing good work there and it was a pleasure to hear them sing my piece "Rain" (lyrics by Mary Langford). Hope the concert goes well tonight!!

04/16/2018

Thank you Stevee Bellas for having me in this morning to work with your choir at Mundelein High School. You are doing good work there and it was a pleasure to hear them sing my piece "Rain" (lyrics by Mary Langford). Hope the concert goes well tonight!!

Thank you Stevee Bellas for having me in this morning to work with your choir at Mundelein High School.  You are doing g...
04/16/2018

Thank you Stevee Bellas for having me in this morning to work with your choir at Mundelein High School. You are doing good work there and it was a pleasure to hear them sing my piece "Rain" (lyrics by Mary Langford). Hope the concert goes well tonight!!

Jennifer saw this online today in a local Mundelein newsletter:http://www.mundelein.org/post/you%E2%80%99re-invited%E2%8...
04/13/2018
You’re Invited—Mundelein High School Choirs to Perform Musical Selections of Famous Mundelein Composer | Village of Mundelein

Jennifer saw this online today in a local Mundelein newsletter:

http://www.mundelein.org/post/you%E2%80%99re-invited%E2%80%94mundelein-high-school-choirs-perform-musical-selections-famous-mundelein

Two of Mundelein High School’s vocal groups will perform musical selections of Mundelein composer Paul Langford at a free concert on April 16 at 7 p.m. at St. Mary of the Annunciation Church on West Erhart Road in Mundelein.

About to take the stage here in Calgary conducting the Philharmonic doing my Julie Andrews Show with Diane Penning. My a...
04/07/2018

About to take the stage here in Calgary conducting the Philharmonic doing my Julie Andrews Show with Diane Penning. My arrangements, she and I wil both sing and I also do a bit of piano work. Delighted to have the Calgary children's choir joining us also!

03/14/2018
Girls Just Wanna Dance! - Arranged by Paul Langford

Choral director friends! This just out with Shawnee Press: My SSA arrangement of "Girls Just Wanna Dance" (A mash up of I Wanna Dance With Somebody and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun). Track and combo parts sold separately from the publisher. 20 free copies, you pay the shipping. Private message me if interested with your address.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nH-7AAWLNT8&list=RDMMnH-7AAWLNT8

To purchase print or for more info go to: https://goo.gl/3dMCMk To purchase and download score and audio: https://goo.gl/CKYdki For promotional use only. Not...

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01/25/2018

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11/24/2017
Goin" Home, arr. Paul Langford

I guess if I can't actually make it to Carnegie Hall myself, the next best thing is having my music performed there. This high school choir sounds terrific. Pardon the herky jerky camera and coughing, etc, but grateful to whomever filmed it and posted it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnNwkTDfLJw

WHS Choir performs Goin Home and Carnegie Hall April 29 2017

I took Cassidy with me last night to a brief rehearsal at Vernon Hills High School to hear three arrangements I wrote fo...
11/16/2017

I took Cassidy with me last night to a brief rehearsal at Vernon Hills High School to hear three arrangements I wrote for their top choir. I'm always looking to expose my girls to musical experiences of all kinds. Their director Jeremy Little is a high level musician, educator and conductor, and the kids are talented, hard working and respectful. Good things are happening in this rehearsal room every single day. And they were so kind and friendly to Cassidy!

11/07/2017
Jonathan Rathbone - The Oxen

Looking forward to beginning rehearsals tonight for the Chicago Acappella Christmas concerts. This gorgeous piece by Jonathan Rathbone of the Swingle Singers is on the line up:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlcYsaDWrWw

Comment and rate! The Oxen is a Christmas poem written by Thomas Hardy in 1915. Its lyrics were arranged by Jonathan Rathbone in 1991, when he was singing fi...

11/03/2017
This Christmas - Arranged by Paul Langford

Thank you J.W. Pepper Sheet Music for all you do to get my music to the people who want it. Grateful, too, that 3 of my titles are among their top sellers for this fall:

This Christmas:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1EFZirsr9A

I'll Be Home For Christmas:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TihxIchQQc

When October Goes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=squSm71hqKA

Visit Shawnee Press online to purchase or for more info: http://goo.gl/EvIisP For promotional use only. Not to be used in conjunction with any performance. T...

I had a great experience as a guest coach/workshopper with the Vernon Hills High School Chamber Choir tonight.  Their fi...
09/28/2017

I had a great experience as a guest coach/workshopper with the Vernon Hills High School Chamber Choir tonight. Their fine director Jeremy Little asked me to write three Christmas carol arrangements for them so we worked on those and had a blast. They were respectful, focused, high energy and hard working, and they are smart and have a lovely sound. It was a pleasure!

09/01/2017

Jennifer just told me that today marks 16 years of self-employment, the past 10 of which have also meant one income while she's been a stay-at-home mom. 16 years ago I quit a full time church music job with benefits to try to "make it" as a freelance musician, and at the time I had no gigs or bookings of any kind. I don't exactly recommend that as a business model, but it's worked out. Couldn't have done it without Jennifer managing the money and the 4,246 other things she does every day. And, to be frank, talent has little or nothing to do with it, in my view. All the pro musicians I know are talented, many of them moreso than me. So talent is no distinction in this business. I'm not the best at any of the things I do. Yes, I have worked hard.....but I don't really advertise and the phone just rings and work appears out of the ether. Call it what you will.....I call it God providing. Kinda cool.

08/04/2017
HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS - arranged by Paul Langford

Hello choral directors! For those of you still choosing music for the upcoming school year and concert season here is my arrangement of "Here Comes Santa Claus", in a jazz ballad setting. Available in SATB/SAB/SSAA from Hal Leonard. See scrolling sheet music video below for details:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMw0FoEZA3M

for SATB/SAB/SSA with piano and optional rhythm section. Available at www.halleonard.com. Combo parts and performance track also available from the publisher

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