By Ariel Chrysann
AFRO Intern

Jac Ross is a timeless talent with a raw voice and a warm heart. He created wonderful songs like “It’s Ok to be Black,” “Saved” and “Questions.” Though these songs are great to listen to, they come from a place that has felt the stings of struggle and uncertainty. He decided he needed to seek his truth in order to speak it to anyone else, and when he completed that step he wrapped his saga in harmonic melodies. 

His message is clear: discovering the real you can be an uncomfortable process, but on the other side life is miraculous, and it can really begin as you see yourself from different vantage points. Ross says that for him it’s about telling his story, and not being fearful of showing people where he came from. “Until I took a look in the mirror at myself, I didn’t have too much freedom and true peace. I realized I had a lot of junk going on in my life,” Ross told the AFRO.

Sometimes your struggle is the strength that somebody else needs. We all travel down the same paths in life, some of us just take them at different times. (Photo Credit Renae Wootson)

People are more inclined to take your advice when you can take accountability for your own faults. Self-reflections are a natural part of life, and without them we can’t grow or become better versions of ourselves. Our hardships and our success define us because those experiences build our characters, morals and values. The challenges we face continuously prepare us for another day, but we don’t have to hide from them.

Ross said he’s grateful for many of the challenges life has tossed his way, even the serious ones. When he was a young teacher, his daughter suffered an injury which really set the artist back financially. His family was evicted from their home, and he was selling things on the side of the road in order to afford her surgery. “I didn’t see my life taking on the shape that it’s in now during that time because things were just going so bad. But it gave me such encouragement and endurance for the future to know that if I can overcome this, then I can overcome anything,” said Ross.

Sometimes your struggle is the strength that somebody else needs. We all travel down the same paths in life, some of us just take them at different times. Someone has been through what you’re going through right now, so no matter how strong the feeling of loneliness is, you’re never alone. If you reach out, if you speak up and if you share your story, you could save someone.

Ross said he found his voice at the age of five and was never confused about it, but his message didn’t come to him until after high school when he was about 19 years old. He was always interested in history, but once he got in school he saw a change that needed to be made in his community and in general all over the world. “One way to do that is to speak on it and really shed light on the issues that are going on like injustices, and stand for it in full truth. Never be afraid to stand up for what you believe in no matter who disagrees with you, or says you shouldn’t do it. The truth has to be revealed, and that’s my message. Revealing the truth at all cost, even if that is my life,” said Ross. A very powerful, strong and solid statement from this soulful artist who only aims to elevate everyone he can. 

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