Sony Music Nashville has announced today the new signing of ROSS ELLIS to its roster.
“I’m so excited to join the Sony Music family! When I moved to this town five years ago, I was broke, had written maybe five songs and didn’t know a soul on music row,” shares Ellis. “Now with an army of personal and professional support behind me and most importantly, God, I’m ready for what comes next on this crazy journey. And yes, that includes new music very, very soon!”
Born and raised in the small town of Monterey, Louisiana, Ellis began playing at fifteen in a band he formed with his cousin and some high school friends called “Wayside.” The band gained a strong following throughout Ellis’ high school and college years, playing venues across Louisiana and Mississippi. After graduating from University of Louisiana at Monroe, Ellis turned down multiple job offers to instead move to Nashville. After a month of living out of hotels, Ellis met a couple singer/songwriters who were looking for a third roommate. He worked various part time jobs during the day while songwriting in the evenings and weekends as well as playing writer’s rounds every chance he could.
Ellis has released a number of powerful tracks independently since moving to Nashville including, “Home for the Weekend” in 2017, followed by his hauntingly powerful song, “Ghosts,” in 2018. He also celebrated a deeply personal milestone when fellow Louisiana native, Tim McGraw, released, “Neon Church,” co-written by Ellis, Ben Goldsmith and Ben Stennis in Oct. 2018.
The Boot has called the Louisiana-native an “Artist to Watch” after “penning tracks for some of country music’s biggest acts.” Much of his early acclaim is no doubt due to soulful and personal tracks like his most recent release “Buy and Buy” with country superstar Thomas Rhett telling Nash Country Daily “…it’s one of the freshest songs on the radio.” The song went on to hit No. 1 on SiriusXM The Highway’s Top 30 Countdown last month and has been featured on Apple Music’s Breaking Country, Amazon’s Introducing Country and Spotify’s Wild Country.
Since its release last fall, “Buy and Buy” has continued to receive a strong response from listeners as well reaching over 2 million in consumption to date and averaging almost 2000 in weekly sales. Listen to “Buy and Buy,” and watch Ellis’ one-take acoustic video.
While always writing and recording, Ellis has toured alongside Chris Janson, Brett Young, Chase Rice, Raelynn, and Eli Young Band. He is a BMI-represented writer, signed to Big Deal Music for publishing, and booked through WME.
For more information, visit rossellismusic.com or on social media @RossEllisMusic.