ASCAP award-winning vocalist Kathy Kosins has won the hearts of critics and fans around the globe with her eclectic musical palette that expands the rich history of jazz.
Born and bred during the Motown era of Detroit, she began singing and arranging background vocals for producer Don Was in the early eighties, which led to her becoming one of the most sought after session singers. As a lead vocalist she recorded for both Carrere (Sony) and Quality Records and later toured with Was/Not Was.
Her 2002 release of Mood Swings (Chiaroscuro Records) continued to bring her recognition and success at the national level. On her 2006 release of Vintage, (Mahogany Jazz), she rediscovered little known songbook gems which she placed alongside a few widely known, yet unexpected tunes from outside the jazz tradition, which brought her glowing reviews from journalists.
Always a pioneer, Kosins decided to take a different approach in 2010 by releasing singles quarterly under the new Mahogany Digital label, rather than an entire CD every few years. The tradition of releasing singles runs deep in jazz music. Singles enable artists the freedom to create and record on a natural timeline that corresponds with fan demand and tour schedules. “If a live audience falls in love with a new song, I can record and release it to radio while the music is fresh and hot. This is something you can’t do if you’re committed in advance to a full album release,” said Kosins.
Kosins has recorded with many well-known jazz and R&B artists that include Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers, Eric Harland, Peter Bernstein, Larry Koonse, Tamir Hendelman, Robert Hurst, Jeremy Pelt, Jon Ellis, Howard Levy, Don Was, Michael Henderson, Paul Keller and many others.
“Kathy Kosins is delightful! Reminiscent of Peggy Lee…worthy of Dinah Washington.” -Jazz Times
“Phrasing that’s impeccable, indicative of a jazz great. A qualified misty as June Christy.” -Dick Crockett, The Voice Radio