When last The Roanoke Times visited singer/songwriter/producer Ross Copperman, it was 2006.
The Glenvar High School and James Madison University graduate had signed a record deal with Phonogenic, a branch of Sony BMG Entertainment in the United Kingdom. He was writing and recording what would be his only record for that label, “Welcome To Reality.”
The disc came out overseas in May 2007. While the reality wasn’t exactly grim — two songs, “As I Choke” and “All She Wrote,” did relatively well in England — his career failed to take off, and the hoped-for run of hits in the United States never materialized.
But Copperman is no quitter.
“I work 24 hours a day, [seven] days a week,” he wrote in a recent e mail exchange.
These days, the 30-year-old is doing his work in Nashville, Tenn., where he has turned his attention solely to songwriting and production. And you don’t have to search much to hear his work.