Ross, tell us a little more about how you got into music!
I’ve been singing since two years old, but I began writing music and producing beats in high school.
Around sixteen, I wrote and recorded a song about a nine-year-old girl who died from gang violence in Richmond called “Cecilia Brown.”
I decided to submit the song Song of the Year’s songwriting competition.
Competing against a sea of experienced adult songwriters, I was awarded the distinction of Runner Up.
After this small validation, I began to produce and write songs and submit them to online competitions for feedback, which helped me find my direction, style, and voice.
In 2007, I entered a Myspace singing competition for a chance to be featured on the Step Up 2 The Streets Music Soundtrack produced by Atlantic Records; I reached the Top 5 male finalists.
I think of myself as writer first, and a singer second.
While pursuing a Marketing degree from Cal State LA, I interned in the Sales & Marketing team at Power 106 radio station in Los Angeles.
This internship led to an opportunity at ASCAP (Performing Rights Organization), where I worked with the process of music publishing and obtained hands-on experience with songwriting and licensing.
So, my interest in writing and music applies to the creative process, but also the administration process.
You are also an awesome author! How did you get into writing?