Ross Golan

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Ross Golan
Golan in 2012
Background information
Birth nameRoss Golan
Born (1980-04-08) April 8, 1980 (age 39)
Evanston, Illinois, U.S.
  • Singer-songwriter
  • record producer
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
Years active2003–present
Associated acts

Ross Golan (born April 8, 1980) is an American songwriter and record producer.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Golan graduated from Deerfield High School (Illinois) of Deerfield, Illinois in 1998. He studied music at the University of Southern California[2] and has since released songs with artists including Maroon 5, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Lady Antebellum, Michael Bublé, Selena Gomez, Keith Urban, Ariana Grande, Flo Rida, One Direction, P!nk, Idina Menzel, Nelly, Demi Lovato, Jason Derulo, Meghan Trainor, Cee Lo Green, 5 Seconds of Summer, Linkin Park, Prince Royce, Snoop Dogg, Charlie Puth, James Taylor, Gavin DeGraw, Colbie Caillat, Andy Grammer, James Blunt, Big Sean, Travis Barker, Lukas Graham, Skylar Grey, Rixton, The Vamps and Icona Pop[3] amongst others. He is the 2016 BMI Pop Songwriter of the Year and is currently published by Warner/Chappell Music.[7] His concept album The Wrong Man was released worldwide on Interscope Records July 26, 2019.

Early Record Deals[edit]

He's had multiple record deals, the first in 2003 with Insider Trading Corporation/EMI which was a label Golan started while in school. The label teamed up with EMI's then president, Phil Quatararo, and released "Reagan Baby". After that, Ross co-founded Glacier Hiking which had a hybrid publishing/label deal with Lionsgate[4] The band released a self-titled EP before breaking up in 2009.

Musical and Podcast[edit]

Golan developed a musical called, The Wrong Man,[5] based on the concept album, which is about a man who's wrongly accused of a crime committed in Reno, NV. A one man version of the show, starring Golan, ran in Los Angeles, February 2014 and received three Ovation Awards of four Nominations including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Lyrics and Music.[6] MCC Theater's Off Broadway production includes Tony Winners and nominees, Tommy Kail, Alex Lacamoire and Joshua Henry. Ross is also the podcast host of And the Writer Is... which is coproduced by Joe London. It has garnered over two million downloads.


In 2016, Golan coauthored the initiative to add songwriters to the Grammy Award for Album of the Year category at The Grammys. 2017 was the first year a songwriter received a statue for the award. In 2018, he was a leading voice in the Music Modernization Act. In 2019, he became the first songwriter to sit on the board of directors of the National Music Publishers Association in the 100 plus year history of the organization.

Notable song credits[edit]

Selena Gomez "Same Old Love" (#1 Top 40, #5 "Billboard") "Survivors" "Cologne" – Revival (#1 Billboard)
Flo Rida "My House" (#1 Top 40, #1 ITunes, #4 "Billboard") – My House (# 7 Billboard)
Lady Antebellum "Compass" (#1 Country Country Billboard) – Golden (# 1 Billboard)
Ariana Grande "Dangerous Woman" (#4 Top 40, #1 ITunes, #8 Billboard) – Dangerous Woman
Justin Bieber "Take You" – Believe and Believe Acoustic (# 1 Billboard) and (# 1 Billboard)
Nicki Minaj "Marilyn Monroe" (# 4 Bubbling Under Billboard) – Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (# 1 Billboard)
Keith Urban "Shame" – Fuse (#1 Billboard)
Maroon 5 "Unkiss Me" – V Deluxe (#1 Billboard)
Maroon 5 "Wipe Your Eyes" (# 80 Billboard) – Overexposed Deluxe (#2 Billboard)
Linkin Park "Halfway Right" – One More Light (#1 Billboard)
5 Seconds of Summer "Mrs All American" – 5 Seconds of Summer (#1 Billboard)
P!nk "Barbies" – Pink (singer) (#1 Billboard)
One Direction "If I Could Fly" (#83 Hot 100) – Made in the A.M. (#2 Billboard)
Andy Grammer "Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah)" (#62 Hot 100, #11 Hot AC) – Magazines or Novels (# 19 Billboard)
Andy Grammer "Fresh Eyes" (#59 Hot 100, #10 Hot AC)
Michael Bublé "Today Is Yesterday's Tomorrow" – Nobody But Me (# 2 Billboard)
Gavin DeGraw "Fire" (#29 Hot AC) – Finest Hour: The Best of Gavin DeGraw
Meghan Trainor "Hopeless Romantic", "Mom feat. Kelli Trainor" – Thank You (# 3 Billboard)
Cee Lo Green "Anyway" (# 12 UK R&B chart) – The Lady Killer: Platinum Edition
Jason Derulo "Painkiller (featuring Meghan Trainor)" – Everything Is 4: (#4 Billboard)
Demi Lovato "Hold Up" – Unbroken (# 4 Billboard)
Charlie Puth "Then There's You" – Nine Track Mind (#6 Billboard)
Charlie Puth "Change" featuring James Taylor - Voicenotes
Lukas Graham "Take The World By Storm" "What Happened To Perfect" "Funeral" – Lukas Graham: (#3 Billboard)
Little Mix "You Gotta Not" (#61 UK) – Glory Days: (#1 UK)
Prince Royce "You Are Fire" – Soy el Mismo (#1 Latin Billboard and #1 Tropical Latin Billboard and Latin Grammy Nomination)
Prince Royce "Stuck on a Feeling" – (#16 Billboard Mainstream Radio)
Rixton "Wait on Me" and "Appreciated"- Let the Road (#33 Mainstream Billboard)
Skylar Grey "Back From The Dead feat. Big Sean and Travis Barker" – Don't Look Down (# 6 Billboard)
James Blunt "When I Find Love Again" – Moon Landing (#78 UK Singles chart)
Emblem3 "3,000 Miles" – Nothing to Lose (#7 Billboard)
Colbie Caillat "Live It Up" and "Nice Guys"- Gypsy Heart (#17 Billboard)
The Madden Brothers "Love Pretenders" and "Empty Spirits"- Greetings from California (#1 Australia)
Medina "Happening" (#68 Germany) – Forever
Eliza Doolittle "Let It Rain" – In Your Hands
Martina Stoessel "Don't Cry For Me " – Tini
The Vamps ''Wake Up'' "I Found A Girl" "Held By Me" – Wake Up (#10 UK Albums Chart)

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Ovation Awards

  • 2014: Won for Book for an Original Musical for the Skylight Theatre Company production of The Wrong Man[7]
  • 2014: Won for Lyrics/Music for an Original Musical for the Skylight Theatre Company production of The Wrong Man[7]

BMI Awards

  • 2016: Pop Songwriter of the Year


  1. ^ "Warner Chappell Publishing | Ross Golan | Music Industry Professional". Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  2. ^ "Ross Golan – Hit Song Writer on the Rise " The Rising Hollywood.Com". November 15, 2011. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved March 29, 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ "Artist Search for "ross golan"". AllMusic. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 27, 2012. Retrieved September 28, 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  6. ^ "Ovation Awards Nominees Announced | LA STAGE Alliance | Let's Create LA". LA STAGE Alliance. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Ovation Awards Nominees Announced | LA STAGE Alliance | Let's Create LA". LA STAGE Alliance. Retrieved March 29, 2016.