Rose Cousins

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Rose Cousins
Rose Cousins @ High Noon Saloon.jpg
Cousins live at High Noon Saloon Madison WI
Background information
Birth name Rosanne Millicent Cousins
Born (1977-04-21) April 21, 1977 (age 41)
Prince Edward Island
Origin Canada
Genres Folk
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter
Years active 2002–present
Labels Old Farm Pony (self)

Rosanne Millicent "Rose" Cousins[1] (born April 21, 1977)[2] is a Canadian folk-pop singer-songwriter. Born and raised in Prince Edward Island, she is currently based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.[3]


Cousins released two EPs prior to her full-length debut, If You Were for Me, in 2006. The album garnered her a nomination for best solo artist at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.[4] She was also a winner in the 2007 Mountain Stage Newsong Contest, as well as winning best folk recording from both the Nova Scotia Music Awards and the PEI Music Awards, and Female Recording of the Year at the East Coast Music Awards in 2008.

She followed If You Were for Me with The Send Off in 2009. The Send Off was produced by Luke Doucet, and features guest musicians including Kathleen Edwards, Melissa McClelland, David Myles, Jenn Grant and Tom Wilson.[5] Cousins was named contemporary singer of the year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2010.[6]

In 2012, she released We Have Made A Spark - for which she won a 2013 Juno Award. Produced by Zachariah Hickman and made with a group of friends in Boston Massachusetts including fellow songwriters Kris Delmhorstt, Mark Erelli, Rose Polenzani, Laura Cortese, Jennifer Kimball and instrumentalists Austin Nevins, Charlie Rose, Billy Beard and Sean Staples. A short film "If I Should Fall Behind" documented the making of the album and was screened by CBC and at select album release shows.

She released Stray Birds - a collection of covers and two new original songs - in September 2014.

Cousins has appeared as a guest musician on albums by Jenn Grant, Joel Plaskett, In-Flight Safety, Two Hours Traffic, Matt Mays, Catherine MacLellan, Jill Barber, Matt Epp, Old Man Luedecke, Ruth Minnikin, The Olympic Symphonium and Craig Cardiff, and she has performed live with Royal Wood, Mary Chapin Carpenter, John Gorka, and Ron Sexsmith.


Cousins won a Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Singer of the Year in 2012, and her 2012 CD We Have Made a Spark won the 2013 Juno Award as best Solo Roots & Traditional Album of the Year.


  • Only So Long (2002, EP)
  • Miles to Go (2003, EP)
  • Live at Ginger's on Barrington Street (2003, with Craig Cardiff)
  • If You Were for Me (2006)
  • The Send Off (2009)
  • We Have Made a Spark (2012)
  • Stray Birds (2014, EP)
  • Natural Conclusion (2017)


  1. ^ Farrow, Johnston (15 February 2007). "Rose's garden". The Coast. Retrieved 23 November 2015. 
  2. ^ Alberstat, Joann (21 April 2013). "Cousins celebrates birthday early with a Juno". The Chronicle Herald. Retrieved 23 November 2015. 
  3. ^ Rose Cousins at CBC Radio 3.
  4. ^ "Rose Cousins: Carrying her life in a suitcase". The Summerside Journal Pioneer, 8 November 2007.
  5. ^ "Rose Cousins is golden". The Coast, 29 October 2009.
  6. ^ "The Once, Beyond the Pale, both win two at Canadian Folk Music Awards". Waterloo Region Record, Nov 21, 2010

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