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JUNOs are what dreams are made of

Dreams do come true in Nova Scotia. /image: Arthur Ward
Dreams do come true in Nova Scotia. /image: Arthur Ward

Rose Cousins talks quiet upbringings and big successes

Article: Taylor Rattray – Contributor

Rose Cousins is award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter originally from Prince Edward Island. Her emotion-evoking folk songs have garnered her success and in early 2013, she won a JUNO for Solo Roots & Traditional Album of the Year.

Her passionate songs have allowed her to tour not only in Canada, but internationally as well. Incredibly involved in the music communities of Eastern Canada and Boston, Massachusetts, she currently resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She recently opened up to the Carillon about her musically-infused beginnings and what it feels like to be a JUNO-winning singer.

To start with, can you tell us a little bit about what life was like in PEI, before you started your music career?

Quant, quiet. I grew up in the country, on a farm, by the ocean and it was pretty great. I think that now that I’m older, I have a much deeper appreciation for that, although I’ve always had a great deal of gratitude for growing up in a quiet place. It was a pretty great place to grow up.

How did you get started in music?

Well, there’s always been music in my life. My mom and my sister are very musical and there’s always been music around, I mean, for as long as I can remember. I started to play piano by ear at a very early age and continued to do that until I picked up guitar when I got to university.

What is it like to be a JUNO-winning singer?

[Laughs] It’s great. It’s a feather in the cap for sure. I’ve been working really hard since I’ve been working full-time as a musician and it certainly feels great to have received that award. I mean, it’s always been one of those things that’s maybe a dream and it’s really cool to be on the receiving end of that already.

How is your current tour doing?

I don’t start touring until I come to see you; Regina is the first stop on my tour.

Is there any advice you’d give aspiring Canadian singer-songwriters?

I would say work really hard all the time to become better at what you do and realize that it’s a huge investment, and be kind and respectful to everybody.

        Cousins will be in Regina Sep. 24 at the Artesian on 13th Avenue at 8:00 p.m. with special guest Rachael Sermanni. Admission is $15 advance and $20 at the door.

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