Ross Golan

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Ross Golan
Ross Golan 2012
Background information
Birth nameRoss Golan
BornEvanston, Illinois, U.S.
GenresPop, hip hop, R&B, Rock, Country
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, producer, artist
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano
Years active2003–present
LabelsWarner Chappell Publishing, Interscope Records
Associated actsSelena Gomez, Flo Rida, Lady Antebellum, Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Justin Bieber

Ross Golan (born April 8, 1980) is a multi-platinum songwriter[1] from the north suburbs of Chicago.

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.

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. His project the Wrong Man currently signed to Interscope Records.

Musical and Podcast[edit]

Golan developed a musical called, The Wrong Man[5] which is about a man who's wrongly accused of a crime committed in Reno, NV. A version of the show 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] Ross is also the podcast host of And the Writer Is... which is coproduced by Joe London. He is the 2016 BMI Pop Songwriter of the Year and is currently published by Warner/Chappell Music.[7]


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.

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)
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[8]
  • 2014: Won for Lyrics/Music for an Original Musical for the Skylight Theatre Company production of The Wrong Man[8]

BMI Awards

  • 2016: Pop Songwriter of the Year


  1. ^ "Warner Chappell Publishing | Ross Golan | Music Industry Professional". Retrieved 2016-03-29.
  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.
  3. ^ "Artist Search for "ross golan"". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-03-29.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 27, 2012. Retrieved September 28, 2012.
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "Ovation Awards Nominees Announced | LA STAGE Alliance | Let's Create LA". LA STAGE Alliance. Retrieved 2016-03-29.
  7. ^ "Warner Music Group's Global Publishing Company | Warner/Chappell Music". Retrieved 2016-03-29.
  8. ^ a b "Ovation Awards Nominees Announced | LA STAGE Alliance | Let's Create LA". LA STAGE Alliance. Retrieved 2016-03-29.