His passion for writing and composing originates from the experience of music as a powerful agent of change, inspiration, healing and hope as well as a catalyst and companion for celebration, nostalgia and grief...music that helps you feel something.
In a sea of predictable Christmas and holiday music remakes, Russ stands out with introspective and sophisticated arrangements, breathing new life into familiar seasonal favorites as well as fresh original material with a distinct nostalgic flavor.
His 2014 self-released debut album, The Longest Night: Christmas Songs of Lament & Longing, takes a unique approach to holiday music by exploring and weaving together themes of lament, longing and hope.
The Hunger No One Sees (EP), released in 2016, is a deeply reflective and relational collection exploring hidden hopes and hurts experienced by many.
On November 15, 2017 Russ released his latest full length instrumental album The Longing For Home: Songs for the Holidays.