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Ross Childress


Ross Childress playing the guitar while wearing a white printed shirt

September 8, 1971 (age 52) Stockbridge, Georgia, USA (

Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals

Associated acts
Collective SoulHurstStarfish and Coffee

Music groups
Collective Soul (1993 – 2001), Starfish and Coffee (2006 – 2009)

Made in Atlanta, Collective Soul, Hints Allegations and Thin, Seven Year Itch, Disciplined Breakdown

Similar People
Shane Evans, Dean Roland, Will Turpin, Ed Roland, Joel Kosche

Ross childress promo 2010 music box

Ross Childress (born September 8, 1971) is an American musician. He was the original lead guitarist and co-songwriter for the rock band Collective Soul.


Ross Childress wearing a black shirt and necklace

Ross childress live with cast engineering pedals

Life and career

Ross Childress playing the guitar while wearing a hat and striped shirt and the man behind him wearing white long sleeves

Childress was born on September 8, 1971 in Stockbridge, Georgia, USA.

Collective Soul

Ross Childress playing the guitar while wearing a white printed shirt, gray pants, and shades

Childress grew up with and had played with the original band members of Collective Soul before the group signed to Atlantic Records in early 1994. Over a period of eight years with the band, he recorded on, and toured in support of, five studio albums that have sold over seven million copies and generated seven #1 singles on the U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock charts. He left the band in September 2001 after the release of the greatest hits compilation 7even Year Itch. Much debate still exists regarding the reason for his departure. The band had released a brief statement on its website urging fans to understand that the situation was very personal.

Ross Childress smiling while wearing a black leather jacket and spider man shirt

During his time with Collective Soul, Childress was known for his metallic guitar sounds and heavy riffs incorporating elements of metal and blues in his playing. Along with songwriter Ed Roland, he penned many of the band's popular "hooks." Childress wrote, sang lead vocals, and performed guitar on the song "Dandy Life" on the 1999 release Dosage. This was the first time that a member other than Ed Roland had sung lead on a studio recording.

Childress was kicked out of the band in 2001, with Joel Kosche taking his place. Childress had an affair with Roland's wife. Collective Soul performed their first concert without Childress in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on September 5, less than two weeks before the release of the greatest hits compilation 7even Year Itch.

Other projects

In 2004/2005 Ross returned to recording music as a studio musician for the Trevor Hurst project entitled "Hurst". He contributed in many ways, including co-writing & producing. The band recruited a few other musicians to join. The album has done moderately well in Canada since its release in June 2005. Touring with Trevor as "Early Moses," named after the Basquiat painting of the same name, Ross played a few shows, but decided not to play live and remain in the background.

In November 2006, Ross was mentioned on the page of Atlanta-based Metal/Rockabilly band "The Hot Rods" as the producer of their debut album "Rumble Seat" slated for release in January 2007.

In December 2006, a page for Ross appeared. It spoke of a new project entitled "Ross Childress Experience", consisting of himself on vocals/guitar, and two musician friends on bass and drums. With the addition of a second backup singer/guitarist in 2007, "Ross Childress Experience" was renamed "Starfish and Coffee," and their self-titled debut album was released on April 29, 2008.

In 2009, the post-Kansas band Native Window recorded the song "Surrender" written Ross and Hurst for their album Native Window.

On November 23, 2010, Ross released his first solo album, the 10 track "Music Box". Ross has been featured in the coverband GoBox.

Ross is currently half of the duo performing as 2 Broke Kings along with Stephen Wines. They are sometimes joined by former Collective Soul drummer Shane Evans while performing at metro Atlanta venues.

With Collective Soul

Studio albums
Compilation albums


Ross Childress Wikipedia

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