Driven by a voice that evokes raw emotion, Rose Cousins’ music bravely explores the shadowy corners of the heart. Just as her songs embrace sadness, pain, and longing, these emotions are counterbalanced in performance by quick, wry wit.  A collaborator at heart, Rose is proud to be a part of many music communities, always inviting friends to join her on stage.

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.

Her latest work, Joe Henry produced Natural Conclusion was nominated for a 2018 GRAMMY and featured in the LA Times who claimed, “…Cousins delivered an exquisite album that’s easily one of the most distinguished Americana releases of 2017.”  The record won 2 Music Nova Scotia Awards, is nominated for 8 East Coast Music Awards, and Rose was nominated for Songwriter of the Year at the 2018 JUNO Awards.

Her 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 and Nashville.


"White Flag"


"Lock & Key" live with band


"Freedom" live solo

“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