A native of Los Angeles California, Darryl Ross, also known as Dok Ross began his musical journey at the age of 5 as a featured soloist (vocalist) at the St. Paul C.O.G.I.C. Pastored by his father Rev. H. C. Ross. By age 10, Young Darryl would become the Director of the 100 Voice Mass Choir, which was featured on the churches Sunday evening live radio broadcast, and before long some of the who’s who of Gospel and R&B music begin dropping in to be among the standing room only, highly spirited congregation. One Sunday night, legendary Gospel Singer/Producer Rev. James Cleveland was in attendants and was so impressed by Darryl and the choir he wanted to present them to the world… this resulted in a multi-album recording contract for the Darryl Ross Singers and the Greater St. Paul C.O.G.I.C Radio Choir, with the worlds #1 Gospel record company, Savoy Records . Young Darryl would soon begin traveling and sharing the stage with some of Gospel musics A LIST performers, names like, Rev. James Cleveland, Andre Crouch, Edwin Hawkins, The Clark Sisters, and countless others,
By age 15, Darryl had developed an overwhelming passion for song writing, arranging, and producing. As fate would have it while working with Rev. Cleveland he had the honor of meeting the Queen her self, Singer/songwriter Ms. Aretha Franklin. She would eventually sign him to his first songwriters contract with her publishing company, Spring Time Music. After a brief apprenticeship with Spring Time, Darryl was fortunate to began honing his craft as arranger/producer under the strict, no non-sense guidance of the Maestro himself…
Singer/Songwriter/Producer/Arranger/ Conductor, Mr. Barry White. As a staff writer/producer for Barry's company (Unlimited Gold/CBS Records) Darryl learned not only about the music but also a great deal about the business. "The lessons I learned at Unlimited Gold help to shape me as a professional, and more importantly as a man"
Ross has made a name for himself in the entertainment industry as a world-class Songwriter/Producer/Musician/Executive, by working with the worlds most notable recording/distribution companies, past and present (CAPITOL EMI, RCA, SONY/BMG, MCA/GEFFEN UNIVERSAL, WARNER BRO, POLYGRAM, ISLAND/DEF JAM, ELEKTRA, and many other independent labels) and for the past twenty + years he has worked non-stop as a Songwriter/ Producer/ Arranger/ Musician, Executive for some of the worlds most profitable entertainers, motion pictures. TV Shows, commercials, video games, etc. the long list includes such names as Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Barry White, Eddie Murphy, Seal, T. Pain, Digital Underground (Humpty Hump) , Vanessa Williams, Boys 2 Men, Sheila E., Chant’e Moore, George Clinton, James Cleveland, Miki Howard, Karen Briggs Pamella D'Pella, Dave Hollister, Cheryl Lynn, Grady Harrell, Jeff Lorber, Norwood Young, Patrice Rushen, Unwrapped, The Dramatics, Boyz in the Hood, Gladiators, Scary Movie, D.C. Cab, Body Slam, 1992 SuperBowl Halftime Show featuring Michael Jackson, & the 1996 SuperBowl Halftime Show featuring Diana Ross, the Laker Postgame show theme song, The Bernie Mac Show, Nike, Air Jordan, Reebok, Converse, Sega, Sonic the Hedge Hog, and countless others.
For his efforts he has received multiple gold and platinum records, dozens of awards, and as a true testament to his versatility, he has reached the top 5 of billboard magazines charts in 7 different categories (Hot 100, R&B, Hip-Hop, Dance, Gospel, Jazz Contemporary, and Adult Contemporary.
Dok continues to have success as a songwriter / producer / executive, and in 2006 he would also add concert promoter / Tour consultant to his resume, when he and longtime friend and business associate Mike Walker of Invisible Entertainment formed a partnership and began promoting a series of concerts , special events, and command performances exclusively on the continent of Africa, eventually expanding the territory to some other specialized Middle Eastern venues. The client list includes such names as Jay Z, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Shakira, R. Kelly, Ludacris, Ciara, Sean Paul, Eve, Rick Ross, Shaggy, Kelly Roland, Fat Joe, Akon, Jim Jones, Amerie, Brick and Lace,and many others.
Currently Dok is focusing most of his time on artist/project development and negotiating deals for some hot new talent.