Russell penned “Will You As Well Forsake Me?” when he was 14 years old. A notorious daydreamer, he remains fascinated by the barrier separating human imagination from human experience: “If I can dream it, why can’t it be real?”
Facing such inquiry, the young poet found peace in Bronte’s poem, “Shall Earth No More Inspire Thee.” It served as a necessary reminder that true passion and inspiration exist in everyday life. We need only the courage to accept it as enough—MORE than enough. Russell wrote his response poem as a vow and a promise to allow his life—and its inherent blessings—to be enough.
Russell Wagoner is an independent singer-songwriter in pop soul. Pop because he strives for delicate simplicity. Soul because that’s at the heart of everything he does. Never confined to one form of expression, Russell’s successes journey far beyond his writing and producing music for himself and other artists.
Russell served as editor for industry champion, Jeff Rabhan’s book on music careers. He also recently completed a mini-ethnography based on fieldwork regarding non-verbal communication among band mates titled, Talk Without Talking . His writing in industry, academia, arts, and otherwise all share a refined, purposeful voice. The young artist is currently writing a book of his own in the fiction/fantasy genre.
Further varying his artistic expression, Russell has trained in contemporary dance for almost a decade, allowing him to showcase his own dancing and choreography in music videos. It is this experience, in fact, which led him to serve as Artistic Director for his breakout music video, Already There (2010).
If you’d like to hear more from Russell, visit his website: www.russellwagoner.com