Ricky Ross

Singer-songwriter and broadcaster
Doctor of Letters
In recognition of his outstanding contribution to Scottish music and culture, and support for the GCU Archive Centre.


Ricky Ross formed Deacon Blue in Glasgow in 1985. It went on to become one of Scotland’s most famous and successful bands. From debut album Raintown and its follow-up, the chart-topping When the World Knows Your Name, through to 2020’s top five charting album, City Of Love, Deacon Blue is one of the most respected and best loved bands of its generation.

During the band’s down time, Ricky has established himself as a successful solo artist and songwriter releasing seven solo albums, his most recent, the critically acclaimed 2017’s Short Stories Vol. 1, as well as writing for and with artists including James Blunt, Ronan Keating, Jamie Cullum and Nanci Griffith amongst many others.

He also has an accomplished broadcasting career. His BBC Radio Scotland show, Another Country, has won two Sony awards and in 2014 Ricky was the proud recipient of the CMA International Country Broadcaster Award. He also presents Ricky Ross Meets... for BBC Radio Scotland and Ricky Ross’s New Tradition for BBC Radio 2.