Ainsley Ross, a 14-year-old Christian pop artist and part-time Beckville resident, will be performing at The Masters Blend on Jan. 16 at 7 p.m.

Ross became interested in singing and songwriting after praying when she was younger, she said.

"I asked God what my calling was for him and that's what it came back as," Ross said. "I went through a program, Actors, Models and Talent for Christ and my career blew up from there."

In fact, she wrote her first song, "We Are" on a paper plate at the age of nine.

"It is about we are in a house of God," Ross said. "We're singing in a church and it's worship and giving your heart out there to him."

But, her songwriting didn't take off until she was 13 and she has now written over 50 Christian pop songs. When it comes writing her inspiration is always flowing, she said.

"I write all genres and it's a gift from above," Ross said. "It's so much easier because I don't limit myself, I don't close myself off. I'm open to all genres and that's a the good thing. When you have an open mind, it's so much easier."

To help with her music, Ross is in the process of learning to play the guitar and the piano, which she believes is instrumental in working with music. She picked these two instruments because "those are the two most intertwined with music today."

Ross has performed throughout the United States, from Orlando to Beckville. In Orlando she performed at the Shine Convention in front of over 2,000 people. She has even performed on national television on The Joy of the Lord show. Despite performing in front of so many people at such a young age, Ross said she doesn't really get nervous.

"You have a little butterflies at first, but once you get out there, it flows after that," she said. "I really don't get nervous, it's really cool. I really have a peace, it's just there."

She has also performed locally in Carthage and Beckville, at First Baptist and Mount Zion.

"(Mount Zion) is my home church and my heart is there," Ross said. "(At mount Zion) you can feel the love in the air."

When she's performing, Ross said she really enjoys witnessing the expressions on the faces of the people in the crowds. She also loves seeing how the music can influence and speak to people of all ages.

"You can just feel their amazing energy and love of music," she said. "Seeing that makes me feel good and drives me."

Besides performing, Ross has an compilation album coming out in iTunes and Amazon on Feb. 3. She is also working on an album that will be out in late 2015 with her record label Tate Music Group. Ross is also about to head to Oklahoma to shoot two music videos.

When she's not performing, Ross is busy with school work. She is currently home-schooled, but previously attended Innovation Academy in Longview. Ross said her favorite subject is history, for several reasons.

"I get to learn from different traditions and I get to learn about the old wars and cool stuff," Ross said. "The liberty bell, I got to go see that in person. The cool thing about history is that it's everywhere. I've gotten to go see what people read about in history. I got to see the changing of the guard at Arlington."

When she has a break in her hectic schedule, Ross said she loves to draw, fish and spend time with her family. She is also an actress and model and is currently waiting to hear back from several auditions.

As for what the future holds, Ross said she sees herself working as a producer and director and changing the entertainment industry.

"I see myself speaking to nations and reflecting the lords light and love and singing and public speaking," Ross said. "I want to bring back the old shows, like Andy Griffith, good, quality family shows and music that the whole family can listen to and sing."

Ross is the daughter of Clint Ross from Beckville and Aubrey and Lance Cohorst from Longview. Her Maw Maws name is Liz Ross and the two of them collaborated for a song on her newest album, she said.

"My mom and pop support me so much and I wouldn't be going where I am right now without my supportive parents," Ross said. "My town of Beckville is really supporting me, people I didn't know are supporting me and it feels so good. This whole "Just Be You" event, they helped that happen."

The "Just Be You" event is Sunday, Jan. 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Building 521 for girls in 3rd through 5th grade. Ross will be ministering and performing. There will also be a concert later that evening at 6 p.m. for teenagers and adults, she said. The purpose of the event and her performing is to remind everybody to be themselves.

"I just want to encourage everybody to be themselves and proud of who they are," Ross said. "I know that you can do anything if you put your mind to it. Be proud of who you are and you are special because God made you."

For more information on Ross and to get updates on what she is doing, visit www.facebook.com/ainsleyrosstheartist.

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