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"In The Music Room"
Childhood dreams have always been a part of Ross Vick’s life. It was no surprise
that after 25 years in the toy industry, Dallasite Ross Vick decided to pursue
his true calling:
writing and performing music. Since he formed TrueHeart in 2003 they have already released 4 albums, one 4 song EP and 3 singles to date. In 2007, TrueHeart wanted to make
an album that would remain timeless. The album, The Road, reflects his personal journey musically and emotionally by combining rich vocal harmonies reminiscent of
his early musical influences with complex chord progressions and down to earth lyrics relevant for today.
Ross set out to make an album that every song filled his heart but more importantly was guided by his soul. Gary Leach would be the piece that could fit it all together through
his remarkable award winning producing and arranging. Gary's work on LeAnn Rimes first three albums earned him and Rosewood Studios three multi-platinum records.
Ross and Gary brought in some of the most gifted performers including Ross’s brother, Patrick Vick (vocals), sister, Karen V. Cavazos (vocals), James Driscoll (bass), Matt Kellum
(drums) and a string quartet. Lead guitarist, Marty Walsh from Supertramp added layers that complimented every one of Ross’s lyrics. The Road brought Gary and Ross so close
together that during the recording process they wrote three of the tracks together. Gary feels that The Road ranks among his best works ever.
“The Road” reached #25* on the MediaBase AC chart and #27* on Billboard’s AC chart after topping out at #5* on the FMQB AC chart. TrueHeart recently released their
second single, “Plan for Peace”, from The Road to adult contemporary radio and reached #33* on it’s climb on MediaBase and BDS AC charts. TrueHeart's first single "The Road"
helped TrueHeart achieve a spot on the Top 100 list on the AC chart for MediaBase at #90 for 2007.
TrueHeart is donating a portion of the proceeds of the sale of The Road to a local foundation dedicated to cancer research. Ross explains: "The WWWWFoundation was set up
for our close family friend who lost his fight with osteosarcoma (bone cancer). His life and struggle touched thousands of people. I want to honor his life by helping any way I can.
"The Road" was part of my healing process. It's too easy to wallow in misery and hate everything. And it's equally unchallenging to keep the blinders on and pretend there is no
pain in the world. Keeping it real and telling stories about real people is what I find most compelling and I think, what I do best."
Getting to THE ROAD
Growing up in East Texas, Ross was exposed to a wide variety of music at an early age thanks to his mom and dad who loved to sing and to listen to records late into the night.
His uncle, Charlie, performed on Broadway and released a record containing renditions of popular music theater standards, and of course Ross heard that as well. Ross’s family
moved several times during his youth, but music remained constant in his life. He grew up listening to music on small town AM radio and enjoyed live music whenever he could.
He went to his first concert in 1970 to see The Association with his parents.
His parents enjoyed the folk music fad of the ‘60s and his dad bought an old Gibson Regal. After only a few days of trying to play it, his dad gave up playing the guitar. Ross dug
the guitar out of the mothballs at 12 and taught himself to play and immediately started writing music. When Ross was 19, he moved to California to pursue a career in music,
but decided to return home after a couple of years to help his dad’s sales and marketing business in the toy industry.
He eventually married his childhood sweetheart, Julie, and decided it was time to focus on providing for his family, but not before writing all of his four children their own songs.
Ross constantly filled both office and home with music and eventually met a few Texans in the toy industry that were involved in folklore and storytelling via music. Given an
opportunity to showcase his talent, Ross was asked to write music to accompany a children’s book.
Inspired by Great Big Sea’s concert in 2003 at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, Ross decided it was time to avoid the inevitable mid-life crisis by pursuing his true passion: music.
So after a successful career in the sales, marketing, development and design phases of the toy industry, he followed his wife's advice: "Avoid the morgue. Find a new line
of work." Five years later, Ross has two of his singles on the charts and his own record label, E-Heart Records.
True to his Texas ancestral heritage (his great-great-great grandfather signed the Texas Declaration of Independence after instigating the Fredonian Rebellion against Mexico
in the 1820's), Ross is a nonconformist when it comes to writing, producing and performing. His influences range from Aimee Mann to the Beatles, Joni Mitchell to Ben Folds,
K.D. Lang to John Mayer, Norah Jones to Lyle Lovett.
TrueHeart has had the privilege of opening for the Beach Boys at the Make a Wish Foundation event in Dallas. The band has also performed at The Cavern Club and Lennon's in
Liverpool, England, along with appearances at the Exit In in Nashville, The Pontiac Grille in Philadelphia and Poor David’s Pub in Dallas. Additionally, TrueHeart has performed at
several fundraisers and charity events including the Tees for Tots event at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami, the White Rock Marathon in Dallas, the American Heart Association
event in Dallas, and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Between philanthropies, fundraisers and the club scene, TrueHeart works hard at spreading their positive music.
TRUEHEART (ROSS VICK)
HOMETOWN: DALLAS, TEXAS, USA
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