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BIO

Originally from PEI, Rose Cousins lives in Halifax when she’s not touring internationally. Fueled by collaboration she deeply values being part of multiple music communities. Her 2012 album WE HAVE MADE A SPARK won a JUNO, 3 ECMAs, a CFMA, was long listed for the Polaris Music Prize, and made featured/best of lists in USA Today, NPR and Oprah Magazine. Her music has appeared in several TV shows including Grey’s Anatomy and Nashville.

To make her new record NATURAL CONCLUSION, she enlisted GRAMMY award winning producer Joe Henry. The result is what Cousins calls “the most honest and vulnerable thing” she has made to date. Rose Cousins is nominated for Songwriter of the Year at the 2018 JUNO Awards, was nominated for Artist of the Year at the 2018 International Folk Awards, and was recently named “Best Artist to Enjoy Quietly” by Halifax’s weekly arts paper The Coast. NATURAL CONCLUSION was nominated for a 2018 GRAMMY award (Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical – Ryan Freeland, Joao Carvalho), is nominated for eight East Coast Music Awards, won two Music Nova Scotia Awards (Americana Album of The Year and Solo Album of the Year), is on Polaris Music Prize’s “Longer List.”
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QUOTES

“…singer-songwriter Rose Cousins delivered an exquisite album, “Natural Conclusion,” that’s easily one of the most distinguished Americana releases of 2017” LA Times // “Cousins has a disarmingly fluid vocal tone and an ability to convey the most internalized emotions — disappointment, grief, resolve, forbearance — without an ounce of fuss.” NPR Music // “deeply caresses her exquisite vocals through a dozen songs that form an exploratory, intimate meditation on the mysteries of being human: identity, fraility, relationships, the nature of love and spiritual connection” LA Times // “The simplicity of these songs is deceiving; as sparse as they feel, her voice draws you in until you realize you are at the heart of the storm.” The Guardian // “When Rose Cousins sings she soars and swoops, never to show off but always in service to the song” The Washington Post // “You can hear the level of emotional sensitivity in each member of her band, all of them brilliant players…” CBC First Play Live // “…an emotional landscape full of beauty and conquest.  It is formidable.” No Depression // “a beautiful album” Pop Matters // “Some voices hit you hard from first blush and this is one of them.” Exclaim! // “Her lyrics are direct and forthright, her voice is crystal clear” The Irish Times ★★★★ // “conviction and heart … haunting to uplifting in an instant” Maverick UK ★★★★ // “achingly candid” USA Today // “It’s no wonder Cousins is the object of audience affection…” The Boston Globe
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AWARDS

2018 JUNO Awards – nominated Songwriter of the Year // 2018 GRAMMY Awards – nominated for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical // 2018 East Coast Music Awards – Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Folk Recording of the Year // 2018 International Folk Awards – nominated for Artist of the Year // 2017 Nova Scotia Music Awards – Americana Album of the Year, Solo Recording of the Year // 2017 The Coast’s Best of Halifax – Best Artist to Enjoy Quietly // 2013 JUNO Award – Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Solo // 2013 East Coast Music Awards – Songwriter of the Year, Solo Recording of the Year, Folk Recording of the Year // 2012 NPR’s Top 10 Folk & Americana Albums of the Year // 2012 Canadian Folk Music Award – Contemporary Singer of the Year // 2012 Nova Scotia Music Awards – Folk Record of the Year // 2012 Polaris Music Prize – Long List Nominated // 2011 East Coast Music Awards – Female Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year // 2011 Music PEI – Rooted to the Island Award // 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award – Contemporary Singer of the Year // 2008 East Coast Music Awards – Female Recording of the Year // 2007 Mountain Stage Newsong Contest Winner // 2007 Nova Scotia Music Awards – Best Folk Recording, Galaxie Rising Star Award // 2007 PEI Music Awards – Best Folk Recording, Female Vocalist of the Year


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PAST TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

On-stage Interview with Suzanne Vega at Stanfest, 2019 // JUNO Songwriter’s Circle, 2018 // Special guest of Patty Griffin US, July/Aug 2018 // Special guest of Joe Henry: Thrum Tour through the US, December 2017 // Special guest of Ron Sexsmith & the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for the Canada 150 celebrations in Nathan Phillips Square, 2017 // Special guest of Mary Chapin Carpenter through the US, October 2015 and June-November 2016 // Special guest of Lori McKenna, February 2015 // Special guest of Anais Mitchell, October 2014 // Special guest of Jann Arden album release tour, September 2014 // Woodford Folk Festival in Woodford, Australia, 2013