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Having the ability to speak with artists has been a dream come true and a blessing for me. Sometimes, I connect with an artist in a way that I was not expecting. When I called my friend to tell her I was going to be interviewing T.G. Sheppard, she immediately became excited and told me I would love him. She was right.
From the first second of our phone call, I knew that Sheppard and I were going to have a good time. Maybe it was his friendly tone, or his warm laughter that drew me in initially. What I do know is that as soon as I could here that they were ordering fast food, I knew that he and his wife were just real, good and very fun people.
No, you will not here anyone ordering food during our conversation. We waited to start recording until after the order was placed. All kidding aside, I cannot tell you enough how genuine this artist is. It was definitely easy to see why Elvis Presley was so fond of his talented friend. Presley even gave him a tour bus in 1976. Listen to our full conversation for this amazing story.
I joked with Sheppard that I could keep him on the phone for 10 hours as I had so much to talk about. His career alone is full of many accomplishments and great stories. His charity work and passion to help others is heartwarming and very admirable, and the list goes on. Sheppard spoke about his friendships with Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood as well as his love for his beautiful wife Kelly Lang. We then decided that we had to get both he and his wife on-camera to talk about their unique love story, so stay tuned for more.
We also spoke about the recent fires in Gatlinburg, TN and the loss so many have suffered. He was quick to give credit to the remarkable Dolly Parton as she was the first to step up and offer help. This moment led to our conversation about how wonderful the people in Tennessee are and how quick they are to help their own. Sheppard recently found out that his former home and restaurant had also been lost in that horrific fire. On behalf of all of us here at Center Stage Magazine, we offer our prayers and condolences to those who have been affected by the fire.
My written words will never be great enough to capture the true essence of this music legend, so you have to listen to our full conversation. Though I know he does not consider himself a legend, he was very humble and graciously accepted the introduction I gave him. He was very quick to point out who the legends are in his mind, and many of them are and were his friends.
Luckily for fans, Sheppard released his latest album Legendary Friends & Country Duets to bring them a taste of music that the world has been craving. As a special treat for fans, the studio sessions for this album were filmed and turned into a 90 minute documentary that also happened to win Sheppard an award for the best music documentary at the Tele Awards in Los Angeles, CA. For being the first commercial album release in 13 years, Sheppard has tasted success once again, proving that he is a truly gifted and inspirational artist.
Please do yourself a favor and follow Sheppard on social media. Grab yourself a copy of his latest release and do not forget to check out his website for all the latest tour dates and more. Feel free to send him a message on Facebook and tell him I sent you. ~Missy