Introducing Danny Ross!
Danny Ross is piano-pop rocked out. Think Ben Folds Five meets The E Street Band. A self-taught musician, Danny Ross is an expressive singer, pianist and multi-instrumentalist with a strong discipline in classic pop songwriting. Combining Beatlesque hooks with honest and inventive lyrics, Ross creates a fresh brand of alternative pop full of youthful energy and an old sense of craft. 'Introducing Danny Ross!' was released in the summer of 2007 to a generation hungry for sophisticated yet accessible pop music. Praised by New York City publications Newsday, Courier Life, SoHo Journal, and declared "musically brilliant" by The Long Island Exchange, Danny Ross, with his newly-formed eight piece band and horn section, has been packing crowds at such noted Manhattan venues as The Bitter End, Pianos and The Bowery Poetry Club. He's also accumulated more than 15,000 plays on MySpace. But from nine to five, Danny Ross lives a very different life. As a staffer for United States Congressman Jerrold Nadler, you would hardly recognize the twenty-three year old singer-songwriter. He credits his day job in providing him with the organization needed to be a successful DIY artist, acting as his own manager, booking agent and publicist. On September 15, 2007, Ross organized a benefit concert for 9/11 Environmental Action, a non-profit group representing downtown Manhattan residents affected by World Trade Center contaminants. Congressman Nadler, a leading voice on the issue, spoke at the event before Danny Ross and his band took the stage, raising $1600 for the cause. Ross also hosted a benefit concert in November 2001 for the Leary Firefighters Foundation, raising $2,000 for the killed firefighters of 9/11. Growing up on Long Island, New York, Ross was inspired by the craft and melody of 60's pop and rock music, from The Beach Boys to Motown. But as the story goes, it was The Beatles that did him in. At the age of thirteen, Ross discovered an old, dusted keyboard in his basement, where he started kicking around ideas. "I fell in love with music through the Beatles. Everything I initially learned about songwriting, production and performance was from their records. Only later on did I realize that contemporary pop music wasn't borrowing from them at all. It's my goal to put that enthusiasm and sophistication back on the radio." By the time he entered high school, Ross was playing the Long Island music circuit, appearing on Long Island's Channel 12 and competing in The Hamptons Music Festival. After studying jazz piano at London's Goldsmiths College in 2005, Ross went on to create the Popular Music Composition and Performance major at Cornell University, where he also earned a degree in Government. Inspired by the great concept albums in rock history, from Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot to Brian Wilson's Smile, Ross aimed to share his personal account of young adulthood for his college thesis. Arranged for a seventeen piece band, and viewed by an audience of three hundred in April 2006, One Way, was commended by The Cornell Daily Sun as "a masterpiece" and 'an album for our era.' Ross received Summa Cum Laude. Today, as a dynamic singer and pianist, tested songwriter, and rising presence in the New York City music scene, Danny Ross is truly introducing himself to the world. Find out more about Danny Ross at dannyrossmusic.com and myspace.com/dannyrossmusic.