DL Rossi is no stranger to picking up the pieces and starting anew. Growing up in Sterling Heights, a suburb of Southeast Michigan, he became deeply engaged in a religious upbringing in which he first began to pursue his passion for music. By the time he reached his twenties, the city was calling, Music City to be exact, and his first venture into the unknown unfolded quickly before him. Drawn to Nashville for its standing as an epicenter of talented creatives and songwriters, Rossi recorded his first project there in pursuit of the self-expression that eluded him in his church years. For the first time in his life, he was making music on his own terms and beginning to realize his own dreams.
Shortly into his brief career, Rossi encountered adversity of the most unexpected and critical kind. At 27, he received a diagnosis for testicular cancer – a life-altering event for anyone, regardless of age. In subsequent years, after battling cancer, he also went through a divorce, and amid all the hardship, suffered a nervous breakdown. Under the weight of these traumatic events, Rossi’s music took a backseat to dealing with things in his day-to-day life. Only in time did he recognize the vitality of his art and how his relationship with songwriting was a crucial component of putting himself back together and moving forward with his life.