'Passion' Renee Ross
Where can a song take you? If it's sung by Renee' Ross, it can lift you high above your circumstances and land you gently on solid ground. Renee is a gospel vocalist and songwriter, with national and international performances spanning four decades, but she doesn't just sing gospel music, she delivers the hope of gospel in a voice that is honey to the soul. Equally comfortable with jazz, spirituals, and both traditional and contemporary gospel, Renee takes a song and wraps it around her heart so when you hear her sing whether live or recorded - you know she is offering a message she earnestly believes can transform lives.Renee is a native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas who moved to Portland, Oregon in 1966 with her parents Fred (and the late) Vernedia Ross and two siblings Paulette Ross-West and (and the late)Arnita Ross and began singing in church choirs at the young age of 9 years old, three more siblings were added to this union, Shelia Ross-Murray, Fred Ross Jr. and LaShai Ross-Martin. She has performed as a lead vocalist in churches, community choirs and groups in Portland, Oregon which includes the Ross Sisters, The Portland Mass Choir, The RP Vocal Band, and The Disciples In Song. From 1999 - 2001 she has featured as a soloist at the Oregon's Symphony's 'Gospel Christmas'under the direction of Conductor Charles Floyd and Portland State University's 'A Soul Filled Messiah' under the direction of Bruce Brown. Renee has shared the stage with some of the most outstanding vocalists and musicians in the area, including Janice Scroggins, Linda Hornbuckle, Marilyn Keller and others. As a member of the Disciples in Song, Renee performed at Portland's Good in the Hood festival, The Oregon State Fair, international festivals in Valencia, Spain, and many other festival ad events. Her lead and background vocals have been featured on various local and national projects, including Rue Two (Don Latarski Rue de Blues),Celebrating Life (with Janice Scroggins and The Disciples in Song), My Gratitude ( The Disciples in Song), Gospel Blues (a musical play by Janice Scroggins and Wayne Harrel), lead on title song 'It's Jesus (Portland Mass Choir - Ray and Ada Tellis) G.R.E.A.T. (Sam Watson and Harry Billings), and Lincoln's America ( an interactive recording of spirituals for the Lincoln Memorial in Fort Wayne, Indiana). Renee recorded and released her solo CD project ' Passion-Renee Ross' in 2002, produced by Christor Lewis and Matthew Minnieweather.