2019 Mississippi Music Foundation, Song of the Year Winner
Jodie Ross is a vibrant, free-spirited MissiHippie singer/songwriter, whose musical style is as rich as the mud in the mighty Mississippi. Growing up in Louisville, Mississippi, Jodie found her love for music while singing at her local church. Growing up, everything from southern gospel and hymns to Motown classics to classic rock and country were played in her family home. Jodie was captivated by the sounds of Stevie Nicks, Melissa Ethridge and her idol, Dolly Parton. Dolly was not only a classic country icon who transcended time but remained true to herself and musical style. She showed Jodie that it is important to have a big heart for others, which is why Jodie worked for a number of years as a board-certified music therapist at a residential facility for adults with intellectual disabilities. Jodie has seen first-hand the power that music has to heal and to unite people from all over Mississippi. Now this wife and mother wants to touch more people with her own MissiHippie Music. She wants people to hear genuine, raw emotion and to feel like someone else out there has had similar experiences, no matter what they may be going through. William Faulkner once said, "To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi." To those who have never experienced Mississippi, it is nothing special, but to Jodie, Mississippi is home. Its hospitality, slowness of life, richness in culture and musical roots have helped shape Jodie Ross.