Discovered after appearing as a contestant on Season 12 of American Idol, 22-year old Sarah Ross released her debut EP, “Calm Before The Storm,” in 2015 on Average Joes Entertainment. She was immediately was embraced by such tastemakers as SiriusXM’s “The Highway,” CMT Pure and Country Weekly. Ross also garnered early recognition as an emerging talent by inclusion in iHeart Radio’s “Digital Artist Integration Program,” and CMT’s Artist Discovery initiative.
Ross is currently writing and recording songs for her debut album scheduled for release in 2017. She has already amassed more than 5 million views on YouTube, and 2 million streams on Pandora. In March 2017, she will release the first single entitled, “Not Broken,” from her upcoming debut. Sarah co-wrote the song with Preston Brust (LoCash), Jared Sciullo (Phivestarr) and Rizzi Myers.
A talented songwriter as well as a tremendous vocalist, Ross co-wrote and recorded “Relacs” which appears on The LACS #3 charting Billboard album, “Keep It Redneck.” In addition, Ross collaborated with several top-tier songwriters for her first EP co-writing five of six songs appearing on “Calm Before The Storm.”
Signed to Average Joes Entertainment after the label head, Shannon Houchins, saw her on “American Idol” and looked up her videos on the internet, Sarah has recorded with label mates Colt Ford, the Lacs, J.J. Lawhorn and Montgomery Gentry. She also claims her country roots along with Colt Ford in “We All Country” by the Moonshine Bandits.
“As a little girl I grew up listening to my daddy’s all-time favorites — Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, George Strait, Patsy Cline and Martina McBride,” says the young lady who grew up on a farm just south of Atlantic City. It didn’t take long before she started flipping through radio stations discovering tunes she loved from favorites Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Justin Moore, Jason Aldean, Eminem, Wiz, Drake and Nicki Minaj.
Sarah began singing at 15 and started taking voice lessons at 16. She credits her vocal coach, Sal DuPree, who has worked with artists including “America’s Got Talent” million dollar-winner Bianca Ryan, “Star Search” champion Tiffany Evans, the group Choice with Alisha Moore (Pink), Miss Americas, Broadway stars and participants in TV singing competitions, for being a huge part of her career. Soon after starting to work with DuPree, Sarah was winning singing competitions throughout Pennsylvania and surrounding areas. Winning and recognizing that people enjoyed her music was the catalyst for pursuing a musical career path rather than following in her mother’s footsteps as a nurse.
Her mother was not totally disappointed in Sarah’s journey to a music career. It was actually she who encouraged her daughter to try out for “American Idol” season 12. Sarah went all the way to Hollywood singing a country song which the judge absolutely loved. Judge Keith Urban said it best, telling Sarah she was “like an IPOD shuffle, never knowing what you’re gonna get.”
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