Originally from PEI, Rose Cousins lives in Halifax and tours 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. Most recently, her song was used in the trailer for Season 5 of the hit series Nashville, and you heard her voice singing “Don’t Stop” in the Dairy Farmers of Canada national ad campaign.
For her new album NATURAL CONCLUSION she stepped boldly forward, a fully mature writer/artist in her next great stride. She enlisted GRAMMY award winning producer Joe Henry and together they gathered trusted colleagues to record in Toronto. The result is what Cousins calls “the most honest and vulnerable thing” she has made to date.
In 2017, Cousins embarked on a North American tour hitting all major Canadian markets, and most US cities – touring with full band – in support of NATURAL CONCLUSION. She played several Canadian festivals, toured in the US with Mary Chapin Carpenter, and will be a special guest to her producer, Joe Henry on a US tour.
Cousins has become known for artistic collaborations with filmmakers, photographers, painters, and other diverse artists. In particular, she is known for making beautiful videos. Her video for “Chains” made with Nova Scotia filmmaker Nathan Boone premiered on Billboard. Her video for “White Flag” was a collaboration with Halifax filmmaker Shehab Ilyas and premiered on NPR. And her video for “Grace” was made with PEI filmmaker Jennah MacMillan and was shot in a church at home in Charlottetown, featuring notable and loved locals. Her merchandise features paintings created by Toronto artist Jamie Ashforth, inspired by the album.
NATURAL CONCLUSION is nominated for a 2018 GRAMMY award (Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical – Ryan Freeland, Joao Carvalho), has 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.
In addition to touring, Cousins continues to travel to Nashville, Los Angeles, Toronto to write. She is working to expand her catalogue of songs to draw her next project from, as well as for placement in film and TV and performance by other artists.
“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
“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
“When Rose Cousins sings she soars and swoops, never to show off but always in service to the song”
– The Washington Post / AP
“Rose Cousins strips songs to their pointed and somber essence”
– The Philadelphia Inquirer