As the son of public servants, a missionary father and a law enforcement mother, exploration and service were built into his foundation having travelled to over thirty countries and volunteered with homelessness causes to teen suicide prevention.
Ross spent his early years collecting Pilot pens, notepads, singing and interviewing himself in a tape recorder. With an acute awareness for his young age, he was eager to point out hypocrisies and character inconsistencies in children and adults through English assignments. He provoked reactions from teachers with writing that could bite, wink, and smile. Though some of his writing was provocative for a third grader and led to concerned phone calls, adults looked forward to what Ross would write or say next.
He gravitated to writing music lyrics and producing beats on Sonar Cakewalk to cope with isolation he felt in his childhood from feeling different. In high school, he impressed his classmates and teachers when he wrote and recorded a song about a nine-year-old girl who died from gang violence. At fifteen years old, Ross submitted the song to a songwriting competition. Competing against a sea of experienced adult songwriters, Ross was awarded the distinction of Runner Up. This validation was formative for Ross at his young age; it gave him the sense that he was on to something, and it was worth developing.
Ross wrote and submitted these songs and stories to online competitions for feedback, which helped him find his direction, style, and voice. In 2007, Ross entered a Myspace singing competition for a chance to be featured on the Step Up 2 The Streets Music Soundtrack produced by Atlantic Records; Ross reached the Top 5 male finalists. Ross describes himself as a writer first, songwriter second, and a singer last. Editors and songwriting judges have described Ross’ writing as ‘never lacking soul’ with the ability to anger or soothe–but always descriptive and transparent.
While pursuing a Marketing degree from Cal State LA, Ross interned in the Sales & Marketing team at Power 106 radio station in Los Angeles. The internship led to an opportunity at ASCAP (Performing Rights Organization), where he worked with the process of music publishing and obtained hands-on experience with songwriting and licensing.
Unable to land a dream job in the industry, Ross moved to South Korea to work as an English as a Second Language teacher. After many years of teaching phonics to advanced-level English, he began to work in Operations Management in international schools. These roles married Ross’ love for language, international travel, and Marketing together in a unique way.
After the back to back death of his brother and father, Ross was faced with profound grief which pushed him down a road of deep self-reflection about life and his personal legacy. With laser focus and new-found understanding, Ross combines his creative passions and practical work experience to inspire and entertain readers and listeners with his books and music in a way that feels fresh and sincere.