A singular sound in the vocal world, Kosins exemplifies the intersection of jazz and soul.
In 2022, Kosins earned several top nominations for her duet with Frank McComb, “I Gotta Pinch Myself”, featuring Najee. The song was nominated in the Song of the Year category at the SoulTracks Readers Choice Awards. She also played to sold-out audiences in Istanbul and the UK. Her latest single with renowned pianist, composer, and producer Bob Baldwin, “Let’s Rewind”, earned her another Number One Spot on the Smooth Jazz charts, the UK Soul Chart Top 30 and the Indie Soul Chart Top 30.
2023 has exciting news for all discerning soul jazz fans: new material with Paul Randolph and the legendary Al Hudson will end up on an EP, due in the first quarter of the new year. And Kosins will also release several tracks she wrote during the making of her now-classic “Uncovered Soul” and its aftermath. Lookout also for more tour dates at home and abroad.
Steeped in the jazz tradition as well as all of the energy and intensity of soul, Kosins’s most recent album release, Uncovered Soul, was the natural next step in her prolific career.
After successful engagements at the 2019 Blue Note at Sea Cruise and Blue Note Beijing, the Exit Zero Jazz Festival, a supporting performance for Gregory Porter in Atlanta, an appearance at The Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society’s famed winter jazz series, Detroit Vocalist and ASCAP Award Winning composer Kathy Kosins is thrilled to celebrate the two year-long success that her sixth studio album, Uncovered Soul has gained across commercial radio. The driving, funk-tinged track “Put the Voodoo on Me,” is Kosins’s 4th consecutive Top 20 Smooth Jazz Single and topped the Indie Soul Chart at #1.
Kosins is the Highest Charting Vocalist for 2019 on the Smooth Jazz Network and to date has remained on their radio affiliates, including Billboard reporting stations, for 102 consecutive weeks. The vocalist reached #1 with “Uncovered Soul” and with “Can We Pretend”. In addition, the album was A-Listed on Jazz FM, London and reached #13 on the Jazz Week Chart. Kosins was nominated by the Smooth Jazz Network for “Breakout Artist of the Year” for 2018 and 2019.
Uncovered Soul, released on Maristar, is a celebration of Kosins’s soul-infused roots, tracing back to the artist’s upbringing during the legendary Motown years in Detroit. Kosins delivers her most intense and intimate singing yet and wows audiences with her impeccable, flawless phrasing and a deep-rooted passion for telling the story. With Kamau Kenyatta, the stellar longtime producer of Gregory Porter, by her side, Kosins takes listeners on a dynamic musical journey with an eclectic musical palette. This soul-infused project made it to #1 on the Solar Radio Chart and sat at #1 on the Official Indie Soul Chart, where it was named Jazz Album of the Year.
Uncovered Soul, dubbed a “consummate work of art” by GinaLovesJazz, garnered international attention from publications including SoulTracks, Blues And Soul, Echoes Magazine, All About Jazz, Jazz Journal, Jazzwise and PopMatters. Kosins made her BBC Debut on the Robert Elms Show.
When not touring the USA or Europe, Kathy, a true renaissance woman, excels as a painter. Her abstract acrylics on canvas are influenced by the cubist paintings of the ’50s. Commissioned paintings are held in private collections and Kosins continues to sell her work at both gallery shows and concert performances. Integrating her art of the visual and the aural nature, Kosins is bringing her painting to the stage, by incorporating live-painting at every performance. Her work is currently being displayed and represented by a notable Detroit gallery.
A past recipient of the Michigan Council for the Arts (Jazz Composer of the Year), Kosins has received grants from Michigan’s ArtServe advocacy group. Her clinics and workshops teach performance skills alongside business strategies for the independent artist and have been a success at over 200 colleges and universities across the USA.
Kosins has recorded, performed and/or shared the stage with many well known Jazz and R&B artists to include Gregory Porter, Terrance Blanchard, Gerald Clayton, Terell Stafford, Randy Brecker, Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers, Eric Harland, Eric Marienthal, Matt Wilson, Peter Bernstein, Tamir Hendelman, Don Was, Michael Henderson, Peabo Bryson, Earl Klugh, The Rippingtons, Jonathon Butler, Cyrus Chestnut, Larry Goldings, James Moody, Kevin Mahogany, Bernard Purdie, Red
Holloway, Mitch Ryder, Was/Not Was, Al Hudson, Frank McComb, Bob Baldwin, and Dee Lucas.