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. NATURAL CONCLUSION has already 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,” and Cousins was named “Best Artist to Enjoy Quietly” by Halifax’s weekly arts paper The Coast.
“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 / AP
“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
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