ROCK SINGER-SONGWRITER FROM SOUTH AFRICA
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ROSS HARDING is a Blues Rock Musician from Johannesburg, South Africa.
Quickly becoming a household name in the rock music industry as a songwriter and performing artist, he personifies rich, versatile vocal abilities with expert guitar knowledge, and has gained industry recognition for his command of blues and rock music, reminiscent of the classic rock, grunge & blues artists of the past.
“…a remarkable dark and moving depth…an experience that starts with his cracked, soulful and incredibly emotive voice which has a surprising turn of range to it. Add to that a remarkably heavy edge to the music, especially opener ‘Black Sun Blues’ which really evoked “Superunknown” era Soundgarden in terms of mood, tone and vocal timbre (he’s a dead ringer for Cornell as well).
Musically this is underpinned perfectly, a talented guitarist, of the kind where controlled precise flow of sound carries you along the emotional path…one note held well can move hearts and mountains, as any Pink Floyd fan will tell you, and tracks like ‘Love And Time’ illustrates this perfectly.
With a crisp and clear production, the subtleties of guitar and vocals are beautifully balanced…sometimes you just need to go back to your musical roots, and it’s rather fantastic that it’s taken a gentleman half my age to remind me of that fact.”
– SIMON BLACK (United Kingdom)
In 2018 Harding and Hughes hosted a sold out “HOUSE OF BLUES” show, which included some of South Africa’s top blues musicians – Andre Kriel (Black Cat Bones), Pepi Dimevski (Gunshot Blue), Richard Bruyns and others.
Notable performances include a headline slot at the Drakensberg’s WHITE MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL, Main Stage at 2014’s RAMFEST with Biffy Clyro, Trivium, Fouls and Killswitch Engage, countless local festivals, an acoustic INTERNATIONAL TOUR to Italy, and many independent shows throughout South Africa.
Ross Harding has supported major South African artists like DAN PATLANSKY, FOKOFPOLISIEKAR, THE NARROW, and PRIME CIRCLE, able to enchant all kinds of audiences.
Performing both as a solo acoustic artist and with a band, Harding is able to captivate audiences with his vocal prowess and acoustic guitar accompaniment, while his trio band boasts mastery of the blues, classic rock styles, and original music.
His debut solo record, REST & RESURRECTION, was released in early 2022 and has seen local and international recognition, with a follow up EP, called CHAPTER II (released 4th November 2022) including a music video that was sponsored by MTN. 2023 brings even more music releases, and it’s no wonder, as Harding is one of the most hardworking musicians in the industry.
Performances have included two Cape Town tours, with shows at the DAISY JONES Bar Stellenbosch and SABC’s ESPRESSO TV, as well as independent club shows throughout South Africa, including sold out shows, with live recordings at DISCOVRTV Johannesburg and MIX FM.