Scott returned to Nashville in mid 2003. There he moved forward with his event management skills and new recognition knowledge by working with Verizon where he stayed for 12 years. At Verizon, he spent most of his years in recognition and engagement, focusing on the employee experience and how to improve the lives of those he touched. He found great success in this arena and it eventually led to his current role as Director of Client Success at recognition and engagement solution provider, CA Short Company near Charlotte, NC.
Scott loves what he does but his desire to create and share music never left. In early 2013, one of Scott's good friends, Matt Bavar, stepped into his office with his guitar and played FleetwoodMac's "Landslide" which is one of Scott's longtime favorite tunes and one that he has performed numerous times. Matt then asked why Scott had never recorded any of his own songs. That got Scott to thinking...and after so many years of being in the background, Scott decided it was time to start recording the best of what he had written in recent years. Matt and Scott made a trip to Dripping Springs and Austin, TX and the recording began.
Scott tackled 3 songs at a time over the next couple of years. At one point he left his gig at Verizon to work more on the project and moved to Texas for a year to write and be around the music scene there and be inspired.
Fast forward to 2017 when Scott returned to the East Coast and moved to a little town between Asheville and Charlotte, NC called Shelby, which is also the birthplace and home of Earl Scruggs and Don GIbson. At CA Short Company (based in Shelby), Scott met CEO and CFO, Jeff Ross, who was also a music lover and previous record producer. Scott played Jeff a few of the new songs he had written over the years and as luck would have it, Jeff wanted to get involved. With Jeff's influence and knowledge, the album would hit the fast track and much of 2017 was spent doing final recordings, edits, and preparing for the record launch that is coming in the weeks ahead.
"Angry Wine" hits stores and iTunes and more soon!
R Scott Russell was born in a small town in KY just outside of Nashville. Born into a military family, Scott moved around a lot as a youngster. This would be foreshadowing for his future as he has spent time in IL, NY, CA, GA, and now resides in NC.
His great-grandfather was the music leader in the family and toured the South East in the 50's and 60's as a gospel singer in the group the Gospel 5. The group was not only a crowd favorite at Southern Gospel conventions, they even made a few records.
Scott loved music from a young age and when it came time to get his first job he bucked the trend of his friends and walked into the local hometown radio station he had listened to since he was a kid and asked for a job. He was given the weekend, night time DJ gig and his career in music was born. On his first day on the job, while he walked down a long hallway that led to the studio he noticed a photo of his great-grandfather's gospel group on the wall. When he asked about it, the general manager at the time explained that his grandfather had performed live on the radio, at the station, 35 years prior...in the same studio where Scott was now to air his talent. Was this a sign? Who knows but it was a message to Scott that this was the right path.
Scott spent 5 years in radio, attending the Country Radio Seminar and Fan Fair in Nashville where he met many of the biggest country stars of the last 25 years, including Garth Brooks, Reba, Tracy Lawrence (Scott had one of the first on-air interviews with Tracy L at the start of his career) and more.
After his time in radio, Scott moved to sunny southern California where he became managing editor for 2 coastal magazines. Scott wrote articles about the club scene and music scene and continued his high profile interviews with artists like Patti Labelle, Taylor Dayne, Laura Branigan and more. He also started taking on the role of event planner and concert promoter working with Nancy Sinatra, Juice Newton, Nell Carter, Estelle Getty (The Golden Girls), Jennifer Holliday and Dionne Warwick. Though Scott wasn't writing at the time, he kept close to the music and entertainment scene.