Russ is a four time Emmy nominee for his musical compositions written for the various shows on Sesame Street. Russ: "As one of the composers for Sesame St. in addition to composing and scoring music, I got to hang out on the set all the time and watch my songs come to life. Sesame St. really is a magical place & it was no secret that Grover was my favorite muppet even though Elmo brought me into the "family". Don't tell anybody but he's Elmo's favorite too. Here's Grover & I hanging in between takes."