Kathy Kosins (USA)
Detroit Vocalist and ASCAP award winning composer Kathy Kosins, is one of the nations most hidden treasures in music today and considered "the real deal", by press and peers alike. Her eclectic musical palette delves deep into the rich history of both Jazz and Soul.
Over two decades and five albums under her belt, Kosins circled back to her soul-infused roots, in collaboration with producer/arranger Kamau Kenyatta, (the stellar longtime producer of Gregory Porter), for her 6th release, “UNCOVERED SOUL.” Kosins’ signature smoky voice is in prime form and takes listeners on a dynamic musical journey through the sonic landscape of her native Detroit through the 1960’s and 1970’s.
Catering to both jazz and soul aficionados, she delivers her most intense and intimate singing yet and wows audiences with her impeccable, flawless phrasing and a deep-rooted passion for telling the story.
Subsequent singles and re imaginations of songs found on the album, are currently being released to both soul and jazz radio platforms every other month and have continued to hold chart positions in the top 10, including being A listed on Jazz FM, London, biggest climber, Soul Connoisseurs chart, The Smooth Jazz Networks Top 100 chart and Indie Artist of the week on the Official Indie Soul Chart.
Kosins contributions to the contemporary music scene cannot be overstated. In 1996, Kosins collaborated with both LA and New York based writers and composed a collection of jazz tunes, with the intent of selling them to already recognized jazz artists such as Dianne Reeves and Diane Schuur. However, Michigan-based indie label Schoolkids Records discovered this repertoire, and, impressed and mesmerized by Kosins’ soulful voice urged her to record and release the material under her own name. It was then that Kosins’ prolific jazz career began to take shape. In 1996,Kosins debut, “All In A Dreams Work” was released and placed in the top 20 in the Gavin Report.
Kosins went on to release more critically acclaimed recordings including 2002’s “Mood Swings” (Chiaroscuro Records), 2006’s “Vintage” (Mahogany Jazz), 2012’s “To The Ladies Of Cool” (Resonance) and 2013’s “The Space Between” (Mahogany Jazz). With her jazz repertoire always enhanced by her soulful vocal performance, “Uncovered Soul” was the natural next step in Kosins’ prolific career.
When not touring the USA or Europe, Kathy excels as a painter. Her abstract acrylics on canvas are influenced by the cubist paintings of the "50s. Commissioned paintings are held in private collections and Kosins continues to sell her work at both gallery shows and concert performances. She is known to paint as a multi media artist from the stage during her performances.
A past recipient of the Michigan Council for the Arts (Jazz Composer of the Year), Kosins has received grants from Michigan’s ArtServe advocacy group. Her clinics and workshops teach performance skills alongside business strategies for the independent artist and have been a success at over 200 colleges and universities across the USA.
Kosins has recorded, performed and shared the stage with many well known Jazz and R&B artists to include Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers, Eric Harland, Peter Bernstein, Larry Koonse, Tamir Hendelman, Mitch Forman, Robert Hurst, Jeremy Pelt, Jon Ellis, Howard Levy, Don Was, Michael Henderson, Peabo Bryson, Earl Klugh, The Rippingtons, Jonathon Butler, Cyrus Chestnut, Terrance Blanchard, Gerald Clayton, Terell Stafford, Randy Brecker, Larry Goldings, James Moody, Kevin Mahogany, Bernard Purdie, Red Holloway, Eric Marienthal, Matt Wilson, Mitch Ryder and Was/Not Was.