William Ross is a prolific award-winning composer and arranger whose work has spanned feature films, the recording industry and television. He has composed music for such films as DESTINATION WEDDING, THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX, TUCK EVERLASTING, THE LITTLE RASCALS and MY DOG SKIP. He also adapted and conducted the score to HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS.
His work in television includes the scores to Hallmark Hall of Fame’s IN MY DREAMS, Lifetime’s STEEL MAGNOLIAS, the critically acclaimed mini-series ME AND MY SHADOWS: LIFE WITH JUDY GARLAND. He won an Emmy for his score to the TINY TOON ADVENTURES’ episode “Fields of Honey.”
Mr. Ross has arranged music for a remarkable list of artists including Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Quincy Jones, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Kenny G., Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Seal, Michael Buble, Mary J. Blige, Barry Manilow, Rod Stewart, Bette Midler, and David Foster, to mention just a few. The records on which he has worked have sold over 250 million copies in the United States alone.
His arrangements have been featured in many films and include such hits as Celine Dion’s Grammy and Academy award-winning “My Heart Will Go On,” from the motion picture TITANIC; “When You Believe” the Academy award-winning song from the Prince of Egypt, Andrea Bocelli’s “God Bless Us Everyone” from Disney’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL, “Believe,” sung by Josh Groban in the film THE POLAR EXPRESS; “The Prayer” with Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion from QUEST FOR CAMELOT, for which he received a Grammy nomination; and the Academy Award nominated song “Run To You” sung by Whitney Houston in THE BODYGUARD.
He has served as Music Director and Conductor for many artists and occasions, including Barbra Streisand’s historic 2006, 2007, and 2012 concert tours. He has served as music director for the 79th Academy Awards show, for which he received his second Emmy Award, reprising this role three times for the 83rd, 85th, and 86th Academy Awards.
Arrangements by Mr. Ross have been a part of the opening ceremonies of several Super Bowls along with the opening and/or closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Calgary (1988), Atlanta (1996), Salt Lake City (2002), Torino (2006), Vancouver (2010), and Sochi (2014). He received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music for his work on the song “Hugh Jackman Opening Number,” featured during the 81st Academy Awards ceremony. Mr. Ross is the recipient of four Emmy Awards, two BMI Film Music Awards, the Golden Score Award from ASMAC, and has been nominated for two Grammy Awards and an Annie Award.