J. Ross Victory (Ross) is an award-winning American author, music artist, and travel enthusiast from Los Angeles. He is the author of the father-son themed memoir, Views from the Cockpit: The Journey of a Son and bisexual-themed Panorama: The Missing Chapter.
As the son of public servants, a missionary father and a law enforcement mother, exploration and service were built into his foundation, having accumulated over thirty international cities across six continents.
Ross spent his early years collecting Pilot pens, notepads, and singing and interviewing himself in a tape recorder. With an acute awareness for his young age, he was eager to point out hypocrisies and character inconsistencies in children and adults through English assignments. He provoked reactions from teachers with writing that could bite, wink, and smile. Though some of his writing was provocative for a third grader and led to phone calls home, adults quickly looked forward to what Ross would write or say next.
He quickly gravitated to writing music lyrics and producing beats on Sonar Cakewalk to cope with isolation he felt in his childhood from feeling different than other kids. In high school, he impressed his classmates and teachers when he wrote and recorded a song about a nine-year-old girl who died from gang violence. At fifteen years old, Ross submitted the song to a songwriting competition. Competing against a sea of experienced adult songwriters, Ross was awarded the distinction of Runner Up. This validation was formative for Ross at his young age; it gave him the sense that he was on to something, and it was worth developing.
Over the next several years, Ross wrote and submitted his songs and stories to online competitions for feedback, which helped him find his direction, style, and voice. In 2007, Ross entered a Myspace singing competition for a chance to be featured on the Step Up 2 The Streets Music Soundtrack produced by Atlantic Records; Ross reached the Top 5 male finalists. Ross describes himself as a writer first, and a singer second. Editors and songwriting judges have described Ross' writing as 'never lacking soul'—palpably passionate with the ability to anger or soothe--but always descriptive and transparent.
While pursuing a Marketing degree from Cal State LA, Ross interned in the Sales & Marketing team at Power 106 radio station in Los Angeles. This internship led to an opportunity at ASCAP (Performing Rights Organization), where he worked with the process of music publishing and obtained hands-on experience with songwriting and licensing.
After completing his Marketing degree, and unable to land a dream job in the industry, Ross moved to South Korea to work as an English as a Second Language teacher. After many years of teaching phonics to advanced-level English, he began to work in Operations Management in international schools in California. These roles married Ross' love for language, international travel, and Marketing together in a unique way.
After the back to back death of his brother and father, Ross was faced with profound grief which pushed him down a road of deep self-reflection about life and legacy. With laser focus and new-found understanding, Ross combines his creative passions and practical work experience to inspire and entertain readers and listeners with his books and music in a way that feels fresh and sincere. Aside from being an artist, Ross contributes articles to The Good Men Project that range from inspiration, mental health, and social criticism. Ross has also appeared as a guest radio host on Hotwordz Lyrical Theater on Accelerated Radio.
In 2020, Ross launched Views from the Cockpit Universe to manage all activities related to his literary and music brands.
J. Ross Victory (Ross) is an award-winning American author, music artist, travel enthusiast.
Ross was born in Los Angeles, California.