Cameron, a native of Osceola, AR, comes from a heritage deeply rooted in God and music. As a child, he always knew that he had a place in music, but didn’t know exactly where. That all changed when he entered the 6th grade. Determined to play the drums, he signed up for middle school band. However, his parents told him that he had to play saxophone. “I didn’t want to play it because it had too many buttons.” After being tired of always getting last chair in band class, he decided to take his sax home and actually practice it. This resulted in him getting first chair and he has been soaring since.
Cameron began playing in church at the age of 14 along with his brother Byron, who had just began playing the trumpet. They, along with some other musicians at their church, formed and instrumental group called “The Promiseland Band”. They performed at their local church and other functions throughout town. As the members started to get older, interest in the group started to decline. This is when Cameron decided to start his solo career. By the age of 16, Cameron was traveling all across the state to play at different functions. His efforts were rewarded by receiving a full tuition scholarship to Arkansas State University where he earned a Bachelors of Music Education degree. He has since played with some of the top names in gospel and jazz and his résumé is continuously building.
Cameron currently resides in Marion, AR with his wife Vicki. They have two children, Joshua and Ariel. He also is a middle school band teacher with Memphis City Schools and serves at World Overcomers Outreach Ministries Church.
Cameron’s first cd will be available this summer entitled, “New Perspective”. He’s ready to take the world by storm!
IAA: What city and state are you from?
CAMERON ROSS: I currently live in Marion, Arkansas, which is 10 minutes from Memphis. However, I grew up in Osceola, Arkansas.
IAA: What is your music background?
CAMERON ROSS: I started playing saxophone at the age of 11 in the 6th grade. While in junior high, I started my own instrumental band that traveled throughout the state of Arkansas performing at different shows and events. I also was able to get a lot of performance experience by playing at my church. I eventually earned a band scholarship to Arkansas State University and graduated with a bachelors of music education. I am currently a band director in the Memphis school system along with my performing career.
IAA: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
CAMERON ROSS: For years I have recorded with other artists and help them achieve their goals. I am wanting to share with others the gift that God has given to me.
IAA: What are your songs about?
CAMERON ROSS: My music deals with love, relationships, and spirituality.
IAA: Who is your fan base directed towards?
CAMERON ROSS: My music is directed to people of all walks of life because of the diversity of it. It incorporates the elements of several types of music giving it no barriers of age, sex, or race.
IAA: Who are your musical influences?
CAMERON ROSS: My musical influences are countless, however, at the top would be Kirk Whalum, Joshua Redman, John Coltrane, and Fred Hammond.
IAA: How would you describe your music to people?
CAMERON ROSS: Inspirational, soothing, exciting, and provoking.
IAA: What makes you stand out from other artists?
CAMERON ROSS: All of my music and every title has a distinct message. Its purpose is to reach the listener and bring hope and change into their lives. Even at my live shows, I become personal and connect with the audience so that they gain something thru the message of my music.
IAA: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
CAMERON ROSS: I am currently working on my first cd entitled “New Perspective”. It is scheduled to be released this summer.
IAA: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
CAMERON ROSS: My ultimate career goal is to be a household name, not just in the area of instrumental music, but in music as a whole. Some of my goals include:
1. Recording with or being featured with other well known artist
2. Performing internationally
3. Starting or help start a musical arts academy for children
These are also things that I see myself doing within 10 years.
IAA: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
CAMERON ROSS: Web site: www.cameronrossmusic.com
Facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cameron-Ross-Music/117583855359