Originally from Prince Edward Island, Rose Cousins lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia and tours internationally. Fueled by collaboration, she deeply values being a part of multiple music communities.
In live performance, it has been said “her voice draws you in until you realize you are at the heart of the storm.” (Guardian) Rose Cousins does not shy away from the more difficult feelings of the human condition. She invites audiences on a journey in raw emotion – embracing sadness, pain, and longing, counterbalanced by her dry wit and insightful observations that add levity and reassurance that there a triumph for every challenge.
To make her new record Natural Conclusion, she enlisted GRAMMY award winning producer Joe Henry and a cast of brilliant musicians and singers from Los Angeles, Nashville, Toronto, Halifax, Boston, Vancouver and Prince Edward Island. The result is what Cousins calls “the most honest and vulnerable thing” she has made to date.
So far, Natural Conclusion’s journey has brought a JUNO nomination for Songwriter of the Year, a GRAMMY nomination for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, eight ECMA nominations / three wins (Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Folk Recording of the Year), and two Music Nova Scotia Awards (Americana Album of The Year and Solo Album of the Year). The album was featured on 2017 year end lists including the LA Times claiming, “…Cousins delivered an exquisite album that’s easily one of the most distinguished Americana releases of 2017.” NPR Music said “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.”
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. With it was released a short film “If I Should Fall Behind” documenting the Boston music community where the album was made.
Her music has appeared in several TV shows including Grey’s Anatomy and Nashville. Most recently her voice can be heard singing Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop” for a Dairy Farmers of Canada national ad campaign, and Corey Hart’s “Never Surrender” for a CBC celebration of songs that have won JUNO Single of the Year.