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September 8, 1971 |
Stockbridge, Georgia, USA
|Instruments||Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals|
|Associated acts||Collective Soul
Starfish and Coffee
- 1 Life and career
- 2 Discography
- 3 See also
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Life and career
Childress was born on September 8, 1971 in Stockbridge, Georgia, USA.
Childress grew up with and had played with the original band members of Collective Soul before the group signed to Atlantic Records in early 1994. Over a period of eight years with the band, he recorded on, and toured in support of, five studio albums that have sold over seven million copies and generated seven #1 singles on the U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock charts. He left the band in September 2001, 2 weeks before the release of the greatest hits compilation 7even Year Itch with Joel Kosche taking his place. The band had released a brief statement on its website regarding the departure, urging fans to understand that the situation was very personal. Collective Soul performed their first concert without Childress in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on September 5.
During his time with Collective Soul, Childress was known for his metallic guitar sounds and heavy riffs incorporating elements of metal and blues in his playing. Along with front man Ed Roland, he penned many of the band's popular "hooks." Childress wrote, sang lead vocals, and performed guitar on the song "Dandy Life" on the 1999 release Dosage. This was the first time that a member other than Ed Roland had sung lead on a studio recording.
In 2004/2005 Ross returned to recording music as a studio musician for the Trevor Hurst project entitled "Hurst". Hurst is best known as the lead vocalist of the Canadian Rock Band Econoline Crush. Ross contributed in many ways, including co-writing & producing. The band recruited a few other musicians to join. The album has done moderately well in Canada since its release in June 2005. Touring with Trevor as "Early Moses," named after the Basquiat painting of the same name, Ross played a few shows, but decided not to play live and remain in the background.
In November 2006, Ross was mentioned on the myspace.com page of Atlanta-based Metal/Rockabilly band "The Hot Rods" as the producer of their debut album "Rumble Seat" slated for release in January 2007.
In December 2006, a myspace.com page for Ross appeared. It spoke of a new project entitled "Ross Childress Experience", consisting of himself on vocals/guitar, and two musician friends on bass and drums. With the addition of a second backup singer/guitarist in 2007, "Ross Childress Experience" was renamed "Starfish and Coffee," and their self-titled debut album was released on April 29, 2008.
On November 23, 2010, Ross released his first solo album, the 10 track "Music Box". Ross has been featured in the coverband GoBox.
In April of 2015 Ross co-produced & co-wrote a song for Atlanta, Georgia recording artist Lynnay Della Luce called "Soaked In Gasoline" along with Dacula, Georgia based music producer Ryan Burton. The song was mainly recorded at Reel 2 Real Recording Studios in Jonesboro, Georgia, the studio that Collective Soul started at back in the early 1990's. The song was featured on a series of YouTube videos called "Session Time".
In October of 2017 it was mentioned on the Facebook page for Ryan Burton Music Group that Ross had started working with Newnan, Georgia artist Sara Greer. Ross is working with engineer Will McPhaul on a song called "Chasing Shadows" scheduled for release in early 2018 by Ryan Burton Music Group.
Ross is currently half of the duo performing as 2 Broke Kings along with Stephen Wines. They are sometimes joined by former Collective Soul drummer Shane Evans while performing at metro Atlanta venues.
|2014||Made in Atlanta
As featured artist
|2015||"Soaked in Gasoline"
(Lynnay Della Lucé featuring Ross Childress)
With Collective Soul
- Studio albums
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications
|1993||Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid||15||—||—||5||46|
- Compilation albums
|2001||Seven Year Itch: Greatest Hits, 1994-2001
With Starfish and Coffee
|2008||Starfish and Coffee
|"Land and Sea"||2013||Abel, Rawls & Hayes||Are We On Our Way|
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- "The ARIA Report, Issue 603" (PDF). Pandora Archive. Archived from the original on February 21, 2002. Retrieved October 12, 2013.