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 50-year music veteran kicked off an extensive career that has spanned the gamut of Nashville 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.
Major performances—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; 2001: Tennessee Highland Games, Murfreesboro, TN; Tullahoma (TN) Celtic Music Festival; Jonesborough (TN) Celtic Festival; Jonesborough “Music on the Square” Celtic Night; 1999: Kerrville (TX) Folk Festival, New Folk finalist.
Released the first-ever 45-rpm single of famed Sixties’ anthem “Get Together” (Dot Records: 45-16868) with the 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 and 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 and Alan Ross appeared on over 400 live television shows and for six years were weekly featured performers on WSMV’s "Noon" 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 47-year Nashville session singer, he has been heard on over 1,100 radio and television commercials, including spots for 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 six albums. (see below)
Ross, son of the late Scottish-born painter/illustrator Alexander Sharpe Ross, enjoys a concurrent career as a sports author (32 books in print) and contributing feature story writer for Lindy’s Pro Football annual (21 years).
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(with Scott Jarrett, Garrett Randolph)