Kevin Ross (musical artist)
Ross performing live in Detroit on The Awakening Tour
|Birth name||Kevin Ross|
|Born||December 8, 1987|
Washington, D.C., United States
Kevin Ross  is an American singer, songwriter and producer. He is currently signed to Motown Records and he released his debut album The Awakening in March of 2017. Ross is also an award-winning songwriter, having written songs for artists such as Trey Songz, Nicki Minaj, Jamie Foxx, SWV, and Johnny Gill. He began to gain notoriety in 2014 after being featured in a Glade holiday campaign  that year, charting with his version of the song "This Is My Wish".
Early life and career beginnings
Born and raised in the DMV area, Ross comes from a family full of musicians. As a child, he was heavily influenced by his father's side of the family who all sung and played musical instruments. He attended the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, a performing arts high school in Washington, D.C. After covering songs from Stevie Wonder in a Motown tribute during his sophomore year , Ross knew he wanted to pursue a career as a musician. Following high school, he accepted a scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music  in Boston, where he studied contemporary writing and production. In 2007, while attending Berklee, Ross appeared on BET's 106 and Park's as part of the shows Wild Out Wednesday competition. Ross ended up winning the competition and through his win, caught the attention of executive producer and music industry veteran Troy Taylor. After graduating from Berklee College, Ross moved to Atlanta where he began his songwriting career. After successfully landing several songwriting placements  with Trey Songz, Jamie Foxx, and other platinum artists, Kevin signed a recording deal with Motown Records in 2012.
2014–present: Motown and The Awakening
Kevin's first solo release on Motown, Dialogue in the Grey, was released in 2014. The 4-track EP, which featured appearances by Ne-Yo and T.I, allowed Kevin the opportunity to tour nationally as the opening act for Maxwell's Summer Soulstice tour  and Ne-Yo's One Night With Ne-Yo tour. That same year, Ross became the face of Glade's "This Is My Wish" holiday campaign. After having a breakout year, AOL named Kevin Ross their "Best New Artist" for 2014. In 2015, Kevin announced the release of his long-awaited debut album on Motown, The Awakening however, the project would not be released until 2017. During that time, Kevin held his audience over by creating his 90's R&B mash up series. The mash-up series ended up becoming popular on social media and introduced Kevin to a whole new audience. In 2016, Ross released his first official single from this debut album entitled "Long Song Away". The single peaked at No.1 on Billboard's Adult R&B Song chart  and radio's Urban Adult Contemporary chart, making him the first debut Motown recording artist since 2010 to accomplish that feat . Kevin's debut album, The Awakening, was officially released on March 24, 2017 on the Motown/Verve record label and it features appearances from Chaz French, BJ the Chicago Kid, Lecrae and production from Babyface. On September 17, 2017, Ross announced the release of his third EP, Drive.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|"—" denotes an album that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
|Dialogue in the Grey||
|Long Song Away||
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"This is My Wish"||2014||—||—||16||Dialogue in the Grey|
|"Long Song Away"||2016||—||1||23||Long Song Away|
|"Don't Go"||2017||—||15||—||The Awakening|
|"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
- The Awakening Tour (2017)
- Summer Soulstice Tour w/ Maxwell (2014)
- One Night with Ne-Yo Tour w/ Ne-Yo (2014)
- BET Music Matters Tour (2015)
- XIX Tour w/ Ro James (2017)
Writing and production discography
This is a list of the songs known to have been written/co-written and produced by Kevin Ross.
|2nd Place||Still Winnging||Johnny Gill||2011||Writer|
|Time to Go||I Missed Us||SWV||2012||Co-Writer|
|Use Me||I Missed Us||SWV||2012||Co-Writer|
|Favorite Thing||Original Soundtrack: Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas Album||Kevin Ross||2013||Co-Writer|
|Sleigh Ride||Original Soundtrack: Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas Album||MPrynt||2013||Co-Writer|
|Touchin, Lovin||Trigga||Trey Songz||2013||Co-Writer|
|What's Best For You||Trigga||Trey Songz||2014||Co-Writer|
|Dead Wrong||Trigga||Trey Songz||2014||Co-Writer|
|I Know (Can't Get Back)||Trigga||Trey Songz||2014||Co-Writer|
|Blast Off||Heaven's Door||Case||2015||Co-Writer|
|What Happened To||Kevin Hart: What Now? (The Mixtape Presents Chocolate Droppa) [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]||Kevin Hart||2016||Co-Writer|
|Way Out||True Colors||Chaz French||2017||Co-Writer|
|Young World||True Colors||Chaz French||2017||Co-Writer|
|You Don't Know Me||Star on Fox||Star Cast||2017||Co-Writer|
Awards and nominations
|2016||ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Awards||Top R&B Song||Trey Songz ft. Nicki Minaj - Touchin', Lovin||Won|||
|2017||Soul Train Music Awards||Best New Artist||Nominated|||
|2017||NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding New Artist||The Awakening||Nominated|
|2017||iHeart Radio Music Awards||New R&B Artist||Nominated|
- "Biography". allmusic.com. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
- "GLADE® PARTNERS WITH MOTOWN ARTIST KEVIN ROSS TO GIVE THE GIFT OF FREE MUSIC THIS HOLIDAY SEASON". SCJohnson.com. Retrieved October 6, 2017.
- "Kevin Ross discusses his musical background, portraying Stevie Wonder, and touring with Ne-Yo". rollingout.com. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
- "Alumni Beat". Berklee.edu. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
- "Ladies! Meet the next R&B Great Kevin Ross". Hothiphopdetroit.com. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
- "Kevin Ross Credits". Allmusic.com. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
- "Motown Recording Artist Kevin Ross Confirmed To Join Maxwell On His "Summer Soulstice" Tour". PRNewswire.com. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
- "10 New Artists You Need to Know: April 2017". RollingStone.com. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
- "Kevin Ross Says First Billboard No. 1 is a 'Gift From God,' as Singer Tops Adult R&B Songs Chart". Billboard.com. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
- "Kevin Ross Reaches No. 1 On Urban Adult Radio Charts". Singersroom.com. Retrieved October 6, 2017.
- "Kevin Ross - Chart History - Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved September 29, 2017.
- "Kevin Ross - Chart History - Adult R&B Songs". Billboard. Retrieved September 29, 2017.
- "Kevin Ross - Chart History - Hot R&B Songs". Billboard. Retrieved September 29, 2017.
- "2016 ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Awards". ascap.com. Retrieved September 13, 2017.
- "Solange, Bruno Mars Lead BET Soul Train Award Nominees". Variety.com. Retrieved October 17, 2017.