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12 February, 2021

Country star on the rise

CAIRNS local Robert Ross is taking the Australian and International Country Music scene by storm with infectious, authentic songs written from the heart and inspired by his wide-ranging life experiences.

By Tanya Murphy

He released his debut ten-track album of original songs, “It’s Never Too Late” in May last year, and his most recent single from the album, “Jack Daniels,” has been number one in the Australian Airplay Country Songs Chart for the past two weeks. It has also made the top ten in a number of national and international charts for country and independent music.

“Jack Daniels” is a party anthem about a big night out on the town, filled with friends, mishaps and surprises as depicted in the YouTube music video, shot at the Cape York Hotel in Cairns.

It’s a catchy hit that has toes tapping around the world – not least in Cairns where fans of line and partner dancing are flocking to jive, swing and rock and roll at Robert’s fortnightly live shows with his band at the Cairns Railway Hall.

Born in New Brunswick, Canada, Robert moved to Australia in 2009, and became a citizen in 2014, and has become immensely popular in the Cairns region while performing live for many audiences over the years.

He has also entertained throughout Australia, and internationally in Nashville, USA and Canada. However, he only released his debut album in 2020, proving that “It’s Never Too Late,” as the title suggests.

Robert said his style was influenced by country greats Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Randy Travis and other country artists such as Sawyer Brown, as well as “good ole Rock n’ Roll.”

“My music comes from life. The good, the bad and the hilarious! This is where we all have something in common,” said Robert.

“A fan once told me ‘You know who you are; you sing from the inside out. That is your soul talking with your music.’”

Robert’s other recent single, “I Will Rise,” with a YouTube video shot on the beach at Palm Cove, has also spent time at the top of national and international country music charts.

“An empowering song about life’s challenges, “I Will Rise” sends a strong message that no matter what your current situation is, or has happened in your life, you and I will rise above it all,” he said.

Robert and his band will perform from 7 to 10pm this Saturday at the Railway Hall on 40-42 Macnamara Street, and again every second Saturday.

Pre-booking is essential due to COVID-19.

Book by emailing

Robert will also perform at Savannah in the Round country music camping festival in Mareeba in October, and has received requests to perform in a range of places from Europe to Peru when borders reopen.

To listen to or purchase Robert’s album, visit and follow him on Facebook, Instagram, Spotify and all other music platforms.

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