Great songs are great songs -no matter where they come from.
All sorts of different things
Almost everything I've ever listened to
The Beatles,All sorts of folk music,,Hoagy Carmichael,,Fats Waller,Steely Dan,All the great writers of the 20's and 30's ,Sondheim, anyone with a good bit of wit All the popular music I grew up with in the 60's .Any great lyricist. World music.
John Lennon and many others from many eras
Songs by Ross Douglas
Here's to the Fools
Kokanee Canary Canoe
Town for Tired People
Point Roberts , WA
Level of Experience:
Country | Folk and Traditional | Rock and Pop | Other
By myself | For myself | With others | For others
I prefer to write:
Lyrics | Melody | Chord Patterns | Arrangements
see the samples at www.rossdouglassongs.com
The Art of you and I
Most Meant to Be
Several compilations and small independent films
Runner up Jazz Categorey 2004 John Lennon Songwrting Contest. Gold and Special Judges Prize 2009 Mid Atlantic Song Contest - June 2009 Folk Alley Artist of the Month - Finalist in the2016 International Acoustic Music Awards Song Contest
I am interested in:
Web Cowriting | Face to face Cowriting | Networking | Pitching Songs to Artists | Pitching Songs To Tv/Film/Etc. | Getting a Publishing Deal
I do voicework ads,games animation,narration etc.
Ross Douglas has done several things in many places.
All have contributed to a remarkably eclectic songwriting style.
In the mid 70’s he was the piano player for The Choke Sisters, a satirical glam rock band fronted by the future Tony award winning director of Tommy- Des MacAnuff. He also appeared as Brad Majors in the Canadian Premiere of The Rocky Horror Show.
In the 80’s he toured much of the known world as the piano player for Billy Bishop goes to War. He also won a Jessie Award for Outstanding Musical Direction for the Vancouver production of Angry Housewives.
In the 90’s for 8 years he was Willie in Willie and the Wassailers, an extremely popular Shakespearean styled group writing most of their material and producing their album Dancing Round the Moon.
He produced his first album of original song - Two Directions-
described by one reviewer as “Folk,Celtic,African Cajun,Caribbean Theatrical stuff filtered through the mind of a guy whose life was changed by the Beatles.” Several tunes became CBC favorites
He also began 9 summers at the Theatre Royal in Barkerville, B.C. as a writer/ performer/musician/musical director for 9 original musicals.
In 2002, a second album Caribou Eclectic- inspired in large part those summers
One of it’s songs -Lovin Time- was runner up in the Jazz Category of the 2004 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Another, Santa Samba is becoming quite the Christmas favorite .Cal Koat of Fairchild Radio called it
“the best Christmas song I’ve ever heard.”
CBC play resulted in album requests from all over Canada and the US
His 3rd album- The Art of you and I- has provided three audience favourites – the darkly humorous “Ukulele Crime” the rather shameless “Hard not to Talk like Elvis” and the folk laced “Town for Tired People”
In January 2009 his song” Kokanee Canary Canoe” won the Gold and Special Judges prize at the Mid Atlantic Song Contest In June he was deemed “Artist of the Month” by Folk Alley.
At last count his music is now heard in 114 countries and territories in the world His songs have been praised for their wit, variety, humour and poetry.
To learn and sample a bit more - including a live performance visit