Rose Cousins

Originally from Prince Edward Island, she lives in Halifax. She has released three albums We Have Made A Spark (2012), The Send Off (2009), and If You Were For Me (2006), as well as singles and recordings in collaboration with artists across Canada, the US, Ireland, Australia and beyond.

She has garnered awards including the JUNO for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year, 2 Canadian Folk Music Awards for Best Contemporary Singer, 6 East Coast Music Awards, 3 Nova Scotia Music Awards, 3 PEI Music Awards, and a Polaris Prize long list nomination. In America, "We Have Made A Spark" was named to NPR's Top 10 Americana & Folk Albums of 2012, and recognized by USA Today, Oprah Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, WFUV, WXPN and other media outlets.

The spirit of collaboration is in everything Cousins does. Her firm roots in two vibrant music communities (Eastern Canada and Boston Massachusetts) fuel her music with an evolving cast of talented fellow artists. At any show, anywhere Cousins travels, recruits from the local music scene appear with her on stage, be they emerging or well known.

CBC debuted her short film IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND about the community in Boston where "We Have Made A Spark" was made (

Equally unmistakable is the devastating emotion her music evokes. Her songs have appeared in climatic scenes in television shows including Greys Anatomy, Rookie Blue, Heartland, Hope for Wildlife and Drop Dead Diva.

“Some voices hit you hard from first blush and this is one of them.” Exclaim!
"Stark, impeccably written songs ... elegantly understated ..." NOW Toronto ★★★★★
“rich emotional nuances… gorgeous vocals… astonishing harmonies” Chromewaves
"dark and sweet and totally powerful" Uptown Winnipeg ★★★★
“achingly candid” USA Today
“excellent balance of despair and hope” WFUV New York
“haunting and beautiful” WXPN Philadelphia
“It’s no wonder Cousins is the object of audience affection…” The Boston Globe
"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 ★★★★

VIDEOS: (official music video for "go first") (solo "the shell") (duet with Modern Grass' Tom Terrell) (duet with Jennah Barry) (duet with Royal Wood) (with band trio "the darkness") ("what i see" with pals in the woods!)