Russell is a singer and multi-instrumentalist from Encinitas, CA. Growing up, he learned everything he could about music theory and consistently sought opportunities to perform in front of crowds. Russell was also a competitive athlete, earning multiple national championship medals in Taekwondo, and instructing ballroom dance on the side. He graduated UCLA in 2011. While earning his degree, he led his a cappella group at multiple championship competitions, earned 5 recording award nominations and multiple accolades at Spring Sing. He also worked abroad at a grassroots hip-hop organization.
Los Angeles became for him a living network of collaborative projects. Russell helped his friends produce their dream albums. He became a music assistant at the La Jolla Playhouse, and quietly marveled as the two shows that year transferred to Broadway. Thanks for his UCLA contacts, he had the opportunity to mentor talented undergraduates, and go on to develop songwriting programs at several LA high schools.
From 2013-2015, Russell paused freelance activities to work for a prestigious music management company as a day to day manager for artists including Rusko, Markus Schulz, Giorgio Moroder and Leona Lewis. During this time, he voraciously absorbed the inner workings of the music business. Shortly after, The Killers contracted Russell to handle Brandon Flowers’s second solo release, The Desired Effect, which earned critical acclaim. Between 2016-2018, he developed messaging and design for several technology startups and gained experience in product marketing.
But Russell has always been a musician. As a performer, he has shared the stage with Taylor Swift, Casey Abrams, India Carney and more, at venues including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the MGM Grand, Pauley Pavillion and Belly Up. As a composer, Russell has worked with the San Francisco Gay Men’s chorus, the UCLA School of Film, Theater and Telveision, the Megastar Millionaire talent competition, and numerous organizations which have commissioned original works. He has been described as a “singer and musician of the utmost talent and passion,” “one of the most gifted, hardworking and motivated people I know,” and “a distinctive personality and energy that is simply unlike anything else.”