Ross Davis: From College Instructor to Songwriter - Sharing the Universal Gift of Music

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Songwriter Ross Davis ventures out beyond traditional work roles to new musical frontiers

...a wide continuum of adult-oriented blue-blooded strains, meshing influences of rock and folk rock with a vintage sensibility.

After nearly a decade of putting his Sociology PhD to work within the local community through teaching and consulting, Ross Davis sensed he was missing something—a vital connection he has cherished since youth that 19th Century American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow deems “the universal language of mankind.”

This all-encompassing language, of course, is music. Wherever Davis encountered a piano, whether in his home or out and about, he would massage the keys and craft his own songs, while also interpreting those of his favorite artists, who comprise an eclectic array, ranging from Phil Collins and Rod Stewart to Mary Chapin Carpenter and Nanci Griffith, among others. Since that evolutionary moment in his life, Davis’ music has come to incorporate a wide continuum of adult-oriented blue-blooded strains, meshing influences of rock and folk rock with a vintage sensibility.

His second full-length album Yellow Brick Road, was released in November 2012 through independent label Bean Blossom Productions, comprising seven self-penned songs, including the timeless electricity of guitar-driven “1950’s Rock ‘n Roll,” the folk-rock balladry of “Bean Blossom” (about childhood memories at a rustic cabin in southern Indiana), and the inspirational title track. Contributors to the project include Grammy Award-winning session guitarist Brent Mason; Juno Award-nominated Canadian songwriter Annabelle Chvostek, who plays fiddle on the track “Wonderland”; The Lodge Recording Studios’ Michael Graham on sound mixing and mastering; and graphic designer Teri Hitt, who created the album cover art.

Davis has also released an original rock single for the winter holidays called “Snow Angels.” The song is featured in a music video co-produced by Keiko Sono of New York-based Flick Book Studios, which incorporates novel chalkboard stop-motion animation.

For more information, visit rossdavismusic.com.

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