I've mentioned my work with Gino, but my life changed with my meeting Ross in Chicago one night. We've had a great friendship & working relationship all through the years. Ross has wide-reaching talents- an artist, songwriter, producer, and sound engineer (both in live concerts for Gino & in the studio).
Ross was responsible for showing my demo to Gino, who hired me when he formed his new band. We were roommates on the road- lots of good times on tour that I think I'll wisely keep to myself. Ross co-wrote with me the song "Where Do We Go From Here", which was recorded for the EWF "I Am" album. This was my first string & horn arrangement for Maurice. It was bumped at the end, once "After the Love Was Gone" was added. It was released in 2003 on "The Promise" album with a few enhancements drum-wise & my solo at the end.
"Ross was responsible for showing my demo to Gino, who hired me when he formed his new band."
Ross had a top 5 single in 1979 with the song "I Just Wanna Stop" for Gino (he wrote himself), which lead to his solo work & more song covers. We co-wrote & co-produced for Barbara Weathers in 1995 with "Some Things are Worth the Wait". He also helped me write the main title song for "If You Only Knew", a movie I scored in 1999. I've also worked for Ross on his projects.
The joy of collaborating on a song you can be proud of is wonderful, but even better when you can do it with a friend. The ride has been good Ross, & we'll do it again soon...
Where Do We Go From Here
Some Things Are Worth the Wait
Ross began playing in bands, arranging, writing and producing at an early age. His success started early as he composed, co-arranged and co-produced multiple songs and albums for his brother Gino Vannelli.