If you haven’t heard of Jac Ross, where have you been? The music artist, popularly known as the “Faith Dealer” has made quite the impact on the world of pop and R&B. His soulful voice has caught the attention of people across the entire world and he truly embodies what it means to be a man on a mission. In his effort to help others through his music, we wanted to catch up with him to discuss his exciting new EP titled, Truth Revealed, his live performance sessions during COVID-19, and much more!
Where does the nickname Faith Dealer come from?
The nickname Faith Dealer was something that developed over time as Rodney Jerkins and I worked on music. We realized my vision as we talked and got to know each other more. My vision is to give people faith, hope, transformation, and healing. He gave me that nickname and I thought it was dope! Rodney actually came up with that nickname and it’s stuck ever since.
Tell us about your upcoming EP, Truth Revealed.
The dates are forthcoming right now. We plan to move forward soon. With COVID-19, we’re still planning to move forward in spite of it. This EP is a compilation of songs that give you hope, healing, and transformation. Every song was written through the lens of life. When I write songs, I sit back, and I have an observation of what’s going around us. We all have similar issues or go through the same struggle as people. I try to give the best view of truth and provoke the mind. I’m so excited to release this EP for everyone in the very near future.
What is your favorite song from the EP?
You know what, it’s so tough to narrow it down to my favorite song. If I had to choose one right now, it would be the song “Saved.” The reason why I choose that song is because of its message. We’re all going through some kind of hurt or we’ve messed up in some kind of way but at the end of the day, if we keep having faith and move forward, we’ll be saved from every issue we have. “Saved” means a lot and it’s also become a fan-favorite so it’s enjoyable to sing when your fans love it as well.
Can you tell us about your singles “Questions” and “It’s Okay To Be Black”?
My first single release was a song called “It’s Okay To Be Black,” it was inspired by my oldest daughter. When she was born, she just naturally had darker skin. I wanted this song to be a letter to her and let her know that no matter what color your skin is or what your hair looks like, you are perfect. It’s okay to be who you are. That’s not just for black people, that’s for all people but this song was especially made for her because she’s my baby. I want her to know it’s okay to be black.
“Questions” is second when it comes to being my favorite. This song reflects too much on what’s going on today. We have social injustices, police brutality, and things are just so crazy in this nation. “Questions” addresses all of those things. There’s a video out that you can check out and get a reflection on not just what I’m saying but you can see it in motion as well. “Questions” is a powerful song that I think is needed right now and everywhere in the world.
You’ve been hosting live performance sessions during quarantine. Can you tell the affect our current pandemic has had on you as an artist?
It’s taken away that tangible feeling that you’re actually able to be on that stage and interact with your fans. It’s something that unexplainable. There’s nothing like hopping on a plane from city to city, work, and just feel the energy from your fans. There’s nothing like it. However, at the same time, doing these live concerts from home has allowed me to connect with a lot of people from all across the world. I love bringing people together and doing what I do to give people faith and hope during such a time like this. It’s allowed me to carry out my mission forward in ways, but it’s also has taken away my first love which is being on stage.
What can we expect to see from you in the years to come?
Moving forward, in the future you can expect for me to be traveling, doing lots of teasers, and releasing albums. I’ll continue to work hard at what I believe is the truth. I want to have a strong effect on everyone while I can and make an impact on our great nation that we live in. That’s my goal. I think the best way to do it is to go hard and always continue to press forward no matter what. That’s what you’ll be getting from me until my journey is over.
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