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Meet Cartess Ross of Lord Tez in Buckhead

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cartess Ross.

Cartess, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I have always had a passion for music. What started it all was the night I found out my grandfather was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. A very close friend of mine who was doing music at the time invited me to the studio. I was feeling so much pain after hearing about my grandfather’s diagnoses. My friend told me I should just get in the booth and release my emotions. I was just like no! Like there is NO way I could ever. After lots of convincing, I finally gave it a shot that night. I ended up recording “Need 2 Let Go”. I was shook that I did that, and I freestyle the whole song. Ever since then, I was hooked, music was all I wanted to do. Within a week I had my studio equipment. Two weeks after that my grandparents and I found ourselves having to stay in California. My grandfather’s pancreatic cancer was severe, he was in the fourth stage of it with a life expectancy of six months. We found a place in California that was going to help him with the quality of the time he had left. We spent months going from hotel to hotel, leaving me with lots of time on my hand. I used that time to work on music and make errors that ended up helping me learn how to record and make my music. Unfortunately, we lost him, he passed away two days after my 20th birthday. I know that he’s still with me I think about him every day I miss him so much, but thinking about him just pushes me to go harder. He was an amazing person, he was truly my rock.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I took the passing of my grandfather hard. Everyone knew that since I was a baby he was my favorite person ever. I would even cry to my parents as a child saying how much I wanted him when I would get in trouble. My grandparents pretty much raised me, he played a big role in being a father figure to me. When I lost him I also lost a huge part of myself in the process. I’ve never lost anyone that close to me, that pain is serious. So for a long time, I just couldn’t cope, I just didn’t know how. I was acting out I didn’t seem to care about anything for a long time. It was nights that I just couldn’t sleep I remember times knowing I was hungry but just couldn’t find myself eating. The hardest part was wanting to talk to him but knowing it was no way I could. I remember countless times picking up the phone and dialing his number just to be reminded he’s gone. Right, when things started to finally seem to be okay for me that’s when everything hit the fan. I had been on probation for 13 months and I was hit with a random drug test. Not that I do drugs or anything I genuinely just had to smoke weed to sleep at night. I was supposed to do 60 days because of it, but pulled some strings and only had to do 15 days. This was terrible my girlfriend and I, two months before, stopped our lives in Cartersville, Georgia. We moved to Buckhead to start a new life and work on our art. Those 15 days were HELLLLL, was even harder given the fact I and he had never been a full 24 hours apart since we had officially gotten together.

Please tell us about your art.
I am a music artist first I also a model and do some acting! I would love to be a star in a movie that is one of my dreams. I love art and I love to use my pain and my stories in my music to help others. I love it when people listen to my music and they can relate to some of my experiences, but with their version.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Manifestation is real If you can dream it why can’t it happen? It’s what I’ve lived by and it has helped me so much. Also, believe in giving back and helping as many people as you can. Life is short and tomorrow isn’t promised.

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