A funding campaign has been launched to support singer and actor Annie Ross, one third of the ground-breaking vocalese group Lambert Hendricks & Ross and creator of the classic Twisted, which featured Ross’s lyrics set to saxophonist Wardell Gray’s composition of the same name.
Annie Ross, who requires round-the-clock supervision, is in urgent need of financial assistance to pay for home care during the current pandemic. The organiser of the gofundme campaign, Scott Merrell, says, “Should Annie need to be transferred to a nursing facility during this time, she likely would not make it. We are trying to keep her at home and as comfortable as possible.”
As well as being known among jazz aficionados for her singing and songwriting, Annie Ross is an inspiration to Joni Mitchell, who recorded Twisted on her 1974 album Court and Spark, and many other musicians. She also made a cameo appearance on the late Scottish singer-songwriter, Michael Marra’s debut album, The Midas Touch, adding a scat vocal to the song Cheese for the Moondog.
All funds donated are going directly to Annie Ross's account to pay for her homecare giver.