Prior to striking out on his own, Toronto singer-songwriter Morgan Cameron Ross fronted critically acclaimed band Birds of Wales. On his solo debut, Ross shines as a pop troubadour, evoking comparisons to thoughtful, clever singer-songwriters like Joel Plaskett. Ross has the uncanny ability to switch between pop, rock and roots genres with relative ease, highlighting presicely why his record is such a great listen.
After you read up on the MusicNerd Q&A that Ross recently took part in, do yourself a favor and check out the single for his track “Let It Go”.
Where do you currently call home?
My home base is Toronto.
Why do you live where you do?
Toronto feels home to me. I have great dog parks near by, and there’s always something to do.
What is occupying your time these days?
I spend my days doing a lot of co-writing with other writers. Mostly for their albums but it is fun and keeps me out of trouble.
First record purchased and at what age?
A Moxy Fruvous album was the first album I ever bought. I was around 9 years old.
When did you start to play music?
I grew up in choir, but started in a Oasis cover band at 15.
What three records could you not live without?
The Shins – Oh Inverted World
The Weakerthans – Left and Leaving
Wilco – AM
Who or what is getting too much attention these days?
Who or what is not getting enough attention these days?
A singer friend of mine from New York City named Charlie Mars.
What has been your most memorable show?
A tour I did a couple years ago through Europe, when I was playing in Birds of Wales, touring with a chap named Xavier Rudd in beautiful old theatres.
Worst career moment thus far?
Hiring brothers in my old band.
Most extravagant rider item?
I’ve always wanted to ask for extravagant things on my rider, but at the end of the day, I’m not that picky. I’m a nachos, beer and fruit platter kind of rider guy.