Jac Ross is continuing to unveil tracks from his forthcoming project and today he released his soulful cover of “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood,” the Nina Simone classic. A variety of artists have spun their own renditions of the song, but with Ross’ masterful voice breathing new life into this gem, there is no better person suited for the task of covering Simone’s iconic classic.
The young singer-songwriter has slowly been teasing tracks and gaining fans, as his powerful and thought-provoking music is resonating in a time where people are reassessing the world. This newest song follows on the heels of “It’s Ok To Be Black,” “Saved,” and most recently “Questions,” which tackles prominent issues in our culture. Billboard noted, “Reminiscent of the social, cultural and political through-lines that connect predecessors such as Sam Cooke, Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye, Ross’ brand of message music is a welcome oasis of honesty, hope and love in a pandemic-stricken world.”
Ross’ voice is not one you can easily forget, even after one listen. It’s the kind that can potentially shift a culture – perhaps a generation – because it’s more than a sound, it’s a message. He embodies an iconic voice akin to some of his predecessors, and perhaps can someday join the pantheon of some of the greatest consciousness-raising American songs: “Change Is Gonna Come,” “Strange Fruit,” “Fight The Power” and “The Blacker The Berry.”
“The voice of a younger generation, Ross writes and sings songs that seem more relevant than ever. A native of Live Oak in Florida’s Panhandle, Ross’ ‘It’s OK To Be Black’ and ‘Questions’ reflect the same social issues his musical heroes sang to the world decades ago,” wrote the Naples Daily News.
While releasing music consistently, Ross has been entertaining his fans with at home concerts weekly, spreading his message of hope, love and healing through his timeless songs. You can tune in HERE and HERE.