S P A C E
(with Scott Jarrett, Garrett Randolph)
Photo: Katie Sellers Eberst
As a member of the New York City folk trio Children of Rain on Dot Records in the mid-1960s, the singer/songwriter kicked off an extensive career that has spanned 56 years professionally, running the gamut of studio session singer to recording artist/songwriter to concert artist.
In the summer of 2003, Ross charted a No. 1 hit off his Scottish Influence CD on Coverunner Radio (Redondo Beach, Calif., Internet radio), with “Bell Rock Light,” voted No. 1 by listeners for two consecutive rating periods.
Released the second-ever 45-rpm single of famed Sixties’ anthem “Get Together” (Dot Records: 45-16868) with Children of Rain in April 1966. In 1968, with former wife Pam, he formed Ross Legacy, a five-man pop-rock group which released “Makes You Wanna Sigh” on the Philips label (#40620). The couple moved to Nashville in 1969 at the request of late Music City mogul Buddy Killen, former Tree Publishing Company owner, who produced the duo as Pam & Alan Ross and signed Alan as a staff writer for Tree. Ross later had songwriting stints with Los Angeles-based Storehouse of Songs and Nashville’s Screen Gems/EMI. Pam & Alan Ross appeared on over 300 live television shows and for six years were weekly featured performers on WSMV’s Noon show and Ralph Emery Show. In addition, the pair was heard for years on WSM-AM radio’s award-winning morning Waking Crew.
Ross began his studio-singing career in New York in 1967, with a national TV spot for Binaca breath freshener. As a 53-year Nashville session singer, he has been heard on over 1,100 radio and television commercials, including Captain D’s Seafood Restaurants, Tennessee Pride Country Sausage, Burger King, Toyota, Pizza Hut, Vietti Foods, Kia, FFA, Democratic presidential campaign theme songs in 1972 and ’92, plus hundreds of single-market financial institutions and car dealerships. He has recorded nine albums (see below) under five different names. His latest single -- "Tombstone Saturday," a 9:28 nouveaute-noire story song -- premiered digitally worldwide in March 2022.
Major performances—2021: Jonesborough (TN) "Music On The Square; 2012-15: Amber Falls Winery & Cellars, Hampshire, Tenn. (summer season); 2010-12: Lowertown Arts & Music Festival, Paducah, Ky.; 2006: Phoenix (AZ) Folk Festival; 2004-5: Prescott (AZ) Folk Music Festival; 2003: Jonesborough (TN) “Music On The Square”; 2001: Tennessee Highland Games, Murfreesboro, TN; Tullahoma (TN) Celtic Music Festival; Jonesborough Celtic Festival; Jonesborough “Music On The Square” Celtic Night; 1999: Kerrville (TX) Folk Festival, New Folk finalist.
He is the son of the late Scottish-born painter/illustrator Alexander Sharpe Ross.