1) Whats your name and what do you do?
My name is Ross Jernigan and I'm a pop singer pursuing a career in the entertainment industry in New York City.
2) What kind of music do you create?
Pop. Dance. Rock. Folk. EDM. My genre has changed so much even over the past few years, but if I had to pin it down I would say that my genre is pop-rock. Like heavy, fun dance music.
3) Why did you decide to pursue music ?
I’ve been a musician my whole life. I was classically trained on the violin when I was eight. I’ve been singing since I can remember. So in a way, I don’t feel like I chose music, I feel like music chose me. It’s a creative process and an understanding home to people who just want to get lost in their ideas. Music is who I am. I don’t feel like I had a choice in the matter.
"So in a way, I don’t feel like I chose music, I feel like music chose me."
4) How did you get a record deal?
Well, the quoted record deal is not as big as it seems. It is a contract for one song with a really great producer who has created some brilliant stuff in his time. He works in association with Interscope Records and is headed to the Grammy’s later this month. So, when I say “record deal”, I mean “single song contract”, let’s not make me sound cooler than I am. But to answer your question, I met this producer in the late summer of last year and timing didn’t line up quite right and then we got back in touch early last month and it was just timing. That’s all it ever is. It’s all timing and who you know. I’m excited to see what kind of collaboration we’ll create.
5) What’s the process for putting songs on the internet? What did you find was the best/worst to upload your music?
Well, I’ve been uploading self-produced tracks for about three years now. When I started out, I had no clue how to go about it. I just did research on what was biggest bang-for-a-buck, because being in college paves the way for living by eager means. However, when I started out, I uploaded my work to CDBaby.com and they have a great distribution process, that puts me everywhere from iTunes, to EMusic, to Amazon.com.
6) Where did you go to school?
I went to school in Savannah, Georgia at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
7) What’s your favorite kind of music to listen to?
This is such a hard question! Because I love all music equally. My mother raised me to appreciate music from each walk of life and to listen to what something had to say before throwing it aside. So I listen to R&B, Pop, Hip-Hop, Rap, Blues, Jazz, Oldies, and nearly everything in between. HOWEVER, my favorite genre, as expected, is pop. The pacing that is put in pop music helps me to understand the music on a much more personal level. So, POP!
8) Why did you choose to live in NYC to pursue music instead of any other city?
I chose to live in NYC, instead of say L.A. or Chicago, because it felt like what was right at the time. I just graduated college, I was looking for my next big adventure, and New York has always had a special place in my heart, so I figure, why not just go for it? I’ll be here for a few years, and if it doesn’t work out, I’ll try something new. I’m a bit of a gypsy, so I’m not opposed to moving on a whim.
9) What do you hope for the future for your music career?
Well just like any other passionate musician, you hope that you get to a level where your music is heard. Yes, I can talk about wanting to be able to live comfortably off my earnings and the magic of hearing myself on the radio and socializing with the ranks of Katy Perry and Justin Timberlake, but plain and simple: I want my music to be heard. And more so, I want my music to speak to someone the way music has spoken to me.
10) Where can we hear your music?
I’m everywhere! You can google my name or… lord, that sounds pretentious… You can check me out on iTunes or rossjernigan.bandcamp.com! I’m on Amazon, EMusic, CDBaby and most music downloading websites! I just recently found out that I’m on Spotify now, so feel free to share me with your friends!
11)What inspires you as an artist ?
Inspiration is such a fickle thing. When it comes to writing, I can be inspired by the things I see from day to day, or I can be inspired by something as simple as a word. I find a lot of inspiration in the music I listen to and the experiences I go through, but it’s less about being inspired for me, and more about the execution. It’s about how it comes out of my head and onto the paper. That’s the hard part for me.
12) Who are some of the people you admire in music.
I admire a lot of artists in the music industry. I appreciate that I can say artists now, because I feel like there was a lull period where no really artistry was being put into the pop-music-world. However now, we have people like Calvin Harris, Beyonce and Kanye West who know how to stay relevant. They know how to change and adapt and throw people for a loop. That’s what I want to do with my music. Inspire thought, challenge standards and most importantly, just have fun.
If you were to live on a planet in the solar system where would it be?
Am I super lame if I say Earth? I feel like we live on a good planet, at least for the most part, and I’m content! No? Do I need to say something crazy and outlandish? I’ll say Jupiter.
If you could go back in time from this present where would you choose to live?
I’ve thought about this so much. Because we’ve gone through so many great eras, even in the past 100 years. But I think if I’m going back in time and I’m living as a 22 year old, I would want to be in the late 1950’s, early 1960’s. There was a lot of movement happening in our government and our society. Music was rapidly developing and culture was shifting in ways it never had before.
If you could meet any person living or dead who would it be?
I hate this question. I hate that I have to choose. There are so many! Um, let’s go with… living… and I’ll choose… Justin Timberlake. I feel like he is at a great point in his career and I would love to sit down and get to talk through the choices he is making and what it is like to be at the level that he’s at.