A native of Prince Edward Island, Rose Cousins lives in Halifax Nova Scotia. She deeply values being part of multiple music communities, and is constantly fueled by collaboration. Cousins’ 2012 album We Have Made A Spark celebrated her Boston community and featured a cast of musicians Cousins had known and played music with for a decade. It won a JUNO Award, 3 East Coast Music Awards, a Canadian Folk Music Award, was nominated for the Polaris Music Prize, and made picks/best of lists in USA Today, NPR Music and Oprah Magazine.
Her music has found its way into several TV shows including Grey’s Anatomy.
At the end 2013 Rose Cousins reached a limit she didn’t know existed. Fearing burnout after years of constant touring she made a deliberate decision, barring a select few shows, to stop touring and focus on other creative avenues.
A long time film photographer, she spent time shooting, developing film, and printing photos using the dark room at the NS School of Art and Design. She also held a deep desire to develop skills in co-writing, so she began in Nashville the fall of 2014. From then, and throughout the following year, she traveled to Los Angeles, Nashville, Toronto, Ireland, and Boston where her focused creative time yielded dozens of songs, photographs, relationships, and a much needed change of pace.
Her goal was to connect with artists, writers, and producers to make songs in new ways, new sounds with new people, not knowing where they would go and not needing to. Her catalogue and perspective expanded, and in that time her new album, Natural Conclusion, was conceived.
She asked Grammy Award winning producer, Joe Henry, whom she had befriended in 2012, to help her make Natural Conclusion. “My goal was to be wide open emotionally. This band created a space for me to rise as a musician yet let me lead. Ultimately this is a record of performances, the moment, raw, vulnerable, and real. I suppose not unlike the subject matter within.” The result has already won the Music Nova Scotia Awards for Best Solo and Best Americana Recording of the Year. Now it has been nominated for a Grammy for Best Engineered, Non-Classical Recording. She just gets better and better. And is getting much deserved recognition.