Members: Ross Vick, James Driscoll, Matt Kellum, Gary Leach, Dane Petersen
Singer-songwriter Ross Vick may have been born and bred in Texas, but in many ways he is a throwback to the cool and soulful, lyrically incisive California rock vibe that gave rise to legendary artists like The Eagles and Jackson Browne. So it is not surprising that his own musical dreams were launched one night in 2003 at the famed Troubadour club in Los Angeles, when a concert by the band Great Big Sea inspired him to leave his successful 25-year career in the toy industry, follow his wifes advice (Avoid the morgue. Find a new line of work) and start his own band TrueHeart.
Vicks dynamic five year, four-album journey as the bands leader culminates along The Road, the bands most successful and critically acclaimed recording to date. Produced and co-written by famed producer and engineer Gary Leach (whose work on LeAnn Rimes early recordings earned him and Tyler, Texas based Rosewood Studios three platinum records) The Road
has spawned two major adult contemporary hits with the rockin yet heartfelt, inspirational title track and the poignant acoustic ballad Plan For Peace
. The Road
reached #25 on the MediaBase AC chart, #27 on Billboards AC chart and and #5 on the FMQB AC chart; it ranked #90 on the year end MediaBase chart for 2007. Originally released as a holiday single for 2007, Plan For Peace
became an airplay champion throughout the first months of 2008; it ranked in the Top 40 on the MediaBase and BDS AC charts. Stellar Review of The Road by Minor7th.com
Decidedly and unabashedly mainstream, TrueHeart, aka singer-songwriter Ross Vick and whoever is backing him up, actually lists Christopher Cross as an influence on his MySpace page. That takes cajones. He is a mid-life career-changer from Texas -- now off the corporate merry-go-round-who has a voice that could be twenty-two. It is pristine, pop-ready, without a trace of the passing years that must have threatened to bury him. They haven't. Instead of fronting a corporate logo band, he is placing songs, opening for the Beach Boys and racking up chart stats on several fronts. What a freaking late bloomer. You've gotta hear his "Save Me" for its sheer Adult Contemporary "dare ya" indulgence, like Bacharach on testosterone. He sports a bit of Fogelberg's earnestness and Marshall Crenshaw's enthusiasm. And yes, I admit, I do hear a bit of Christopher Cross in the mix. - Steve Klingaman